I am sitting in a moving vehicle and attempting to see how well I can type into an iPad, a device I bought as I thought the Apple Pen would be to a level where It would replace my sketchbook and pen. I was wrong and I am still trying to find that bridge between the mind, ideas and the speed to get them in a digital form and manipulate, alter, build, add, subtract off the initial concept. It is easy to do digitally when you have that base idea, but I have to confess it is that space before that that I excel at. It is also space where I find many are wired a bit differently to see and/or dream beyond what is known in their experiences and existence.
I always joke that this step is like asking the first astronauts for experience in space travel when there had not even been a rocket launched into space yet.
I do have a few dreams in life about work and spaces. Currently, we have the loftwerks model that is being modified to pack and ship anywhere on the planet. The original idea was for movement around the USA, but right now with us working in two diverse spaces with the developed and the 3rd world, it behooves us to work on this idea. Wouldn’t it be nice if the world had the same power and measurement standards to work with?
There was also the idea which we gave up on that had the mobile lab with a tour bus that was tricked out more like a production studio meeting a maker space/tool shop/lab. The issue with that is that while I love the idea of asking, “what part of the country should we work in today?” The reality is we can build several high-end agrowspaces for the same cost. It is funny when you can justify the cost and expense of having a c-130 or an Airbus a400 cargo plane to get materials in and out of countries and spaces versus a tricked out tour bus.
There is also the idea of co-working and the shared economy spaces. If we were doing some normal gig, like media, finance, marketing or writing – these spaces would be fine. What I have come to realize after plodding in Europe and n. America is that the step between idea and manufacturing is something not a whole lot of folks had interest when you consider the larger pie of the development cycle to market.
Lastly, you have the ideology of groups. 35 years ago, I probably didn’t know there was more than the capitalistic consumer model I was taught inside the states. Travel and working in various parts of the world has taught me how different and diverse each of the ways to do something is. For example, waiting in line there was a young Chinese man that was a bit confused about where to go to get in the vehicle. We started to talk and by asking questions I learned he was Shanghai, his wife from Taiwan and he is about to defend his Ph.D. dissertation about the Chinese and Asian history around 1,000 ad. As we talked, I asked about the differences today with the Chinese growth, ideology, and feelings inside the countries.
At first, he didn’t think there was much difference culturally, but then I mentioned about working in Japan, China, and the Korean Peninsula at how different the thinking and ways of life was…while it doesn’t look like much is different, the small elements can mean a great difference. It was then that he understood the deeper thoughts I was aging about and he explained the historical path of China, Asia and the things that it would be difficult for the west to grasp and understand that are based on culture.
We boarded before I could get his info, but I think I will go find him and hand him a card. Perhaps he would share more. The one thing we both agreed was that each time we go back to Asia it is like we are walking into a different city with the development of the area.
So I am going to try to post this post brainstorm/Asian culture conversation while moving. Let’s see what happens. I really want to build the lab out in the middle of nowhere and ship in teams for 90-day cycles. My next question is how many people do you know that want to work in somewhat isolation (we have sat feeds) with ideas to bring solutions to help change life for people in the world?
If you have any ideas or guesses for how many. Send along an email. I think the number will be similar to the ratio of people that want to live/work on the road. for some reason, we have developed a hybrid style of living. you aren’t a nomad, but you aren’t stuck in one spot either and you are taking the best of both worlds everywhere you go. interesting times indeed.