as I see the world getting noisier with the digital life. I drop more and more of the technologies and simplify my personal life. call it minimalism? what I learned through the process is I still have too much, yet, the more you let go of “stuff” the simpler life is a much happier place. what the tools of technology allow today is a happy space where anyone can almost build anything their mind can think of.
I guess there is the great irony of being told and taught what success is in the world (from the USA version) and then traveling all over the planet to see that while it is a global issue – there are a few countries that appear to have gone off the rail more than others. it is this issue that had me show one product to my European counterparts and have them stare at me and say, “are you serious? there is a market for this inside the USA? how sad?”
I had the same reaction yesterday when someone showed the idea for an eco-tourist glamping idea where people pay to spend time in a living environment. I had to ask, “why?” thankfully, Henry reminded me that common sense isn’t all that common and some people need to see plants.
there is also the other reason, he didn’t comment on, which probably has more merit in that a few folks wanting to be hip came up with an idea and think it is cool and want to share it while making all sorts of social media noise. there is no shortage of ideas and pretty pictures searching for reality. I guess this dovetails into a simpler life being happier when you also cut your time back on the digital treadmill and turning off the media while i am inside the USA. it simply seems a bit nuts when you step back and study how many are sucked into the system.
during a meeting last week, i had someone ask, “where is your website to show me the idea?” he is a powerful man that is connected and perhaps thought we were just preaching some altruistic view of life with the real issues concerning food security in their part of the world.
“Sorry, we don’t post our work online. there are plenty of others that have pretty pictures out there to dazzle you. if you really want solutions, we found we need to spend more time building them than self-promoting how great we think we are to the world.”
there used to be a quote about "if it is on the internet, it must be real." i chuckle when people ask about our non-existance of a facebook page - "what? you don't have facebook? you must not be real?" (it makes life simpler weeding out folks that want something vs. talking about something)
there is a demarcation zone between those who really have power with decisions and those who are in a position inside a large organization. I tend to deal well with the first, and the latter group – while many are great people – they simply need a committee to move forward. there is nothing wrong with that if you like design via committee – but when it comes to people wanting new ideas and technologies – that way probably is a better way to promote failure than anything I have seen.
no wonder I work in a skunkworks methodology. no wonder there are few that “get it.” the reason is it is a very different way to do things than what appears to the norm of rank and file where there is a bloat in rules, regulations, and cooks in the kitchen.
what all this typing is doing, is having me look at a few ideas we do. one is about keeping people alive with nutritious food all year round, anywhere on the planet and/or growing lots of strains for people in the developed world to medicate. I asked a friend who owns a drug testing company about the reality of the market versus the govt statistics. it turns out the issue is probably worse than anyone wants to admit.
when I saw the eco-tourist idea yesterday, I actually wondered, “why are you building this? are people that lost that they don’t realize they can put plants in their own home and spaces?” (the other side of the design is some folks playing with ideas and thinking how cool they are?) yet, with a project that I spent a few weeks flushing out for someone, I questioned the need for it inside the USA. the Europeans all thought that one needed such a product was sad. I even said, “you don’t need this, you can simply go and….”
the sad reality is that inside the USA, the pill culture met the instant gratification culture and what is the best, deepest and most beneficial path for their internal health is deemed, “too much work, not convenient, or will take too much time.”
so we came up with something that is more of a bridge that does work, but it won’t get anyone to that last part of the advanced stage of growth. it is a cool, spiffy, and neat idea – much like the eco-tourist idea I saw yesterday, but I have to wonder, “is the united states that lost with the chasing the “stuff” and the world of “digital stuff” to simplify and take the time to get real within themselves and live a simpler and happier existence on this planet?
that is a question I don’t have an answer for “how” yet – just some tools that work and a prayer that we get it via free choice and freedom of choice versus people having to go through some hard and horrific experience to change. while the latter is not so pleasant, it does tend to wake people up, have them look around and ask, “what was I thinking?”
the cool part of this behavior is that it is slightly different everywhere you are on the planet. those differences are what fascinate me when you consider we are all simply human beings on one planet earth – yet so different in culture, traditions, and behaviors. it is like the man asking to see our website and work, when he explained how the structure of the program worked in thier countries, i point blank asked about the corruption. maybe i am getting too old to deal with fantasy and games with people in the world?