Creativity + Imagination + Smarts

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If planning is to help businesses adapt, survive, and prosper in this world, it must regain its sense of purpose, and go back to its future as a radical movement.

Now by ‘radical’ I do not mean mean wayward, destructive, or self-consciously hip – coming from the Latin radicalis, meaning root, the original use of ‘radical’ meant going to the root, or essence. Planning in other words, was (and at its best continues to be) about going to the root of the matter. It was about asking questions – the obvious yet unasked, the awkward, the penetrating, the fresh and unexpected. It appreciated the fundamental truth that creativity begins with questioning.

Martin Weigel. “Reclaiming Planning’s Radicalism” (via peterspear)

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A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
Robert A. Heinlein (via good)

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As a reader, I was always more inspired by Hermione’s teenage political activism than I was intrigued by who at Hogwarts was snogging whom. This is not to argue that her romantic life wasn’t pertinent; but what set Hermione apart from so many of the heroines offered to girls and young women in the late 1990s and the first decade of this millennium was that she was a student and friend first, and a love interest second. She was at school to learn, not to flirt with boys. She was friends with Harry and Ron because she liked them, not because she secretly wanted to date them. And when she did get romantically entangled for the first time — when she hit it off with a visiting student from a rival school — it was with a boy she met in the library.

Harry’s still Potter-ing around, but Hermione is my true hero: Reuters, July 2014

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Cool designs tend to be ‘appropriately’ unconventional - that is, they challenge unnecessary norms, and aren’t too extreme themselves. Being cool requires a very delicate balance of doing something that shows that you go your own way and do your own thing, but you do it in a way that is socially desirable or at least acceptable.
The Science Of Being Cool, FastCo Design

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The Scientific Revolution improved the state of humanity in many ways, but it also fostered a worldview neither ultimately helpful nor deeply humane. That worldview is mechanistic and rationalistic, without the slightest bow to the primacy of consciousness. Yet consciousness supplies moral vision and ethical purpose, without which all the science in the world won’t keep us from destroying ourselves or the planet on which we live.
The Revolution Of Consciousness, Marianne Williamson

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These aren’t just platitudes- Unilever is changing its thinking from short-to long-term. For example, it not longer reports fully on a quarterly basis and when it broke the news to the market, its shares suffered an 8% drop. It’s looking to change broader business and finance attitudes to encourage more long-term thinking- especially amongst its major shareholders- the pension funds and their fund managers who are incented with quarterly bonuses.
Edward Cotton. “Brands & Sustainability: Ignorance is no longer an option” (via peterspear)