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Although I read the entire list, it was the first secret that I came back to as the closet to my own center:
Innovation (often) comes from constraint (If you’ve got very few resources, you’re forced to be very creative in using and reusing them.)
Not sure how this will help me change the world. I have always prided myself on making do with make-shift tools and materials that are already around me. At the moment my Macbook Pro 17" laptop is literally falling apart at the seams. I'm holding the cracked frame of the screen together with spring clips. Hey, the computer runs fine. It looks ugly all taped and clipped together, but who cares about appearances! Alright. So, how will such funky resourcefulness help save the world? I really don't know. In fact, it is that same resourcefulness that I have always admired whenever I bumped into it while traveling.

I remember walking down the street in a busy back street area of Hong Kong when I noticed a man using his resourcefulness. Seems he needed to split some long bamboo. Perhaps he was constructing something and had no tools to split the very long stem of dried bamboo. Each time he saw a trolley coming he laid the bamboo along the rail. When the trolley passed over it, the bamboo was perfectly split. He repeated this over and over again. Of course, at times the trolley knocked the bamboo off the tracks and the man had to wait for the next car to come.

On with the business of the mission.

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Comment by Sylvain Ratelle on March 16, 2010 at 11:12am
Madeline, welcome to Evoke, I support your point of view, I will follow your blog for new messages, when you get a minute, please try to go to mine, and don't hesitate to comment and support
Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on March 17, 2010 at 5:37pm
Very resourceful. +1
Comment by Suzie Boss on March 23, 2010 at 1:34am
Have you seen an exhibit called Design for the Other 90%? It's all about resourcefulness and creativity to solve big problems in resource-scarce places. I think you're on to something with the idea of constraints forcing innovation.


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