vrijdag 7 maart 2008

Strawberries in January: part 2 hidden in plain site

The Japanese tea ceremony cha-no-yu is an ancient tradition; it's most famous practicioner went by the name Sen no Rikyu.

Amongst many things he became emporer Hideyoshi's favorite tea master, and part adviser on matters of politics and culture.

On a certain day emporer Hideyoshi decided to pay Sen no Rikyu a visit at his house. This news came to the tea master. On the eve of the emporers visit Sen yo Rikyu noticed something; it had started to snow.

Quickly the tea master grabbed all his pillows and placed them on top of the stepstones in his front garden; thus covering them from the snow.

The next day he got up very early and removed the pillows, forming a simple, natural and beautifully clear path for the emporer to take from the gate to the tea masters house. The emporer could not help but smile and appriciate the beauty of nature.

More and more I have come to believe that the coming years will be a time of interaction-design led marketing, with the primary task of making the known/local/mundane/obvious, unknown/exiting/re-valueable, and put back in to the right context for consumers and people in general.

Various books, blogs, thoughts, causes (such as the ecology, economy, human population and health) lead me to this thinking.

So in a series of posts, called Strawberries in January, I will try to explain my views, the origins of them, possible applications for people and also catalogue the thinking of others who do and think along these lines.

A lot of this may be known already to those who read it, so feel free to correct and add something to the posts as they are posted, that will assist and help me in my thinking and writing.

donderdag 6 maart 2008

Strawberries in January: part 1

Ichi-go Ichi- e

Transformation Design Library: Slate magazine

image courtesy Time magazine

transformation design is a human-centered, interdisciplinary process that seeks to create desirable and sustainable changes in behavior and form – of individuals, systems and organizations – often for socially progressive ends.

Mr Maschmeyer, over at his new blog has been trying to get an example library started.

So here is an example that I would like to add to the list: Slate's list of the 60 most generous.

The List came about, when in 1996 Ted Turner wondered about the influence the Forbers Richest List had on corporate America. "What if we could make charity as sexy as the Forbes list ?" (in a nutshell) was his idea.

Slate Magazine took up the challenge to find out. with some success. Althought I will admit that their is no evidence that is 100% waterproof.

"Whether by coincidence or not, philanthropy has blossomed since Slate's list was created. In 1996 the top donor gave away $100 million, or $121 million in 2005 dollars. But last year's top donor, Cordelia Scaife May, gave away $404 million, and the list (with 63 donors, counting ties) totaled $4.3 billion". (read the rest of a great article here)

So in the grand tradition of Michelline Guide, Guiness Book of Records, Slate has managed to create (lasting) change in the behaviour of the ├╝ber-wealthy of America, kinda, sorta.

I guess greed is good, just depends what you lust for...

Salute Slate..

woensdag 5 maart 2008

word is bond

picture courtesy NY Times

“No matter what happens tonight, we have nearly the same delegate lead that we did this morning, and we are on our way to winning this nomination.”

Interesting quote Senetor Obama gave last night. Let''s break it down.

No matter what happens = why the hell are you, the voters, even bothering

We have the same delegate lead = It's not you that matters, it's the moneymen, so Yes We (aka team Obama) can, but you (aka the grassroots) will have to wait and see.

Perrhaps my cynical mind reads things into something totaly innocent, but I get the feeling that for Obama you could write down CEO or CMO speaking to their employees or parnters, and then people would find the shadows more believable, because most of us have seen it happen.

“No matter what happens,” the CEO said, “we have nearly the same profit margins, our stockprice will not suffer, and we are on our way to providing our customers with great product and services.”

Yes we will hold ourself to the highest standard, yes we will put the customer first, yes we will forget everything we said before once the power that be seduce us to compromise a bit..and a bit, and a bit...
Aritstole wrote that everything is done with an eye towards something else....but then again, sometimes a quote is just a quote...
Questions anyone?

note to self: stop being clever

In this business, virtuosity is not what is required, because in this business that is a cheap commodity; what counts is being able to expressivly deliver the notes you hit, not the amount of notes u can play.

Chuck Plotkin, music producer

dinsdag 4 maart 2008

he sees the light, some more anyway (thanks, she sees red)

Lauren, your post gave me some much needed glimpses, that time do make it better, thanks