Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Museum Design Inspiration:

"Pessimism is a luxury of good times... In difficult times, pessimism is a self-fulfilling, self-inflicted death sentence." ~ Evelin Linder

Maybe it's the start of the New Year, maybe it's the new President, but I feel paradoxically optimistic about the future. We all (including museums) have important roles in making the world a better place. And, oftentimes, the best ideas for making the world better come during adverse circumstances.

Perhaps this is why the group Worldchanging (and the TED video above from one of Worldchanging's founders, Jamais Cascio) appeal to me so.

Worldchanging looks at global challenges and asks, "How can we make this better?" "What resources can we mobilize to address these challenges?" It's always easy to point out the problems in any given situation, but much more difficult to offer meaningful solutions.

I'm going to try my best to find the positive solutions in my design practice and my personal interactions with the world at the start of this New Year. How about you?

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