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A crash course in changing the world.

"Innovation (often) comes from constraint (If you’ve got very few
resources, you’re forced to be very creative in using and reusing them.)" ~Ethan Zuckerman’s post ‘Innovating from constraint‘

"Think creatively: start big, use constraints as a filter and find the simplest solutions." ~ Paul Polak via Nextbillion

Though these are two separate secrets, they resonant as one concept to me; as a core central value. Resourcefulness is what I call it in my life. It's a strength of mine developed out of necessity. The mindset of dealing creatively within limitation keeps me present, in the moment, aware of the circ**stances, and attune to my surrounding. Cultivating this field of awareness places me in a position to truly respond to what is actually happening and participate in fully engaged manner. And sometimes it gives me the satisfaction of getting what I want in a way that is more fulfilling than if I just was able to buy it.

When discussing with friends, family, fellow artists, community cooperatives (anyone really) regarding what things we may need, I always tune in first to what is already
available, what can be converted, transformed, re-used, or re-purposed.
Does something need to crafted? Do we have what we need for to that?
What can we borrow? What can we trade? Who is giving away? This is a
core fundamental way in which I live and how I actively participate in
change in world. My most influential teachers lead by example and this
how I choose to strike a chord of change in the World as well.

At age 12, as the oldest of three in a single parent household, I taught myself to knit because we needed socks. Never succeeded in making a decent pair but the sentiment was there. My daughter all throughout her childhood would make toys out random things and I let her. I was told to get her some "real" things to play with but I never did. To this day she makes all kinds of crazy stuff for herself to meet her needs. Some work. Some don't. Sometimes I do just have buy her the stuff she needs. Alot of times she asks me to teach her how to make something or at least tell her what's involved and then she can make a choice as to whether she wishes to pursue or purchase. Of course, that kind of choice we have the privilege. There are many in the world (even in the States) who don't.

One can be resourceful with one's time, networks, materials, and one's mindset. New better technologies and improved modes of living come from innovative ideas and these ideas stem from a particular mindset - one in which inventiveness is the filter through which one perceives life no matter what the perceived limitations may be. As an artist, I create by this musing. As an activist, I inspire change via this example. As an individual, this is my way of Life.

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Comment by Turil Cronburg on March 27, 2010 at 3:53am
I love your writing. It's both personal and universal at the same time.

How old is your daughter now? I live/teach/learn from two 5 year old twin boys right now, and their creativity and resourcefulness is indeed an inspiration. Though the wh*** household here is very resourceful, so it's a wh*** lot of fun sometimes to see what strange things appear. :-)
Comment by ben on March 27, 2010 at 6:12am
Fantastic post gunghogirl - I echo Turil's comments and would add that fostering creativity, protecting innovation and allowing failure as part of the valuable learning process are all things that are essential in solving the problems we face globally. Unfortunately many these days are not equipped...more need to learn from your examples. Keep up the great work.

I look forward to following your progress through the game and learning from your posts - +1 KS
Comment by Riko Kamachi on March 31, 2010 at 12:07am
Love this post! I think you're really onto something here. It's amazing that your daughter is more involved in meeting her own needs rather than just expressing them. That's such a rare quality to have, especially when other girls her age are likely hooked on a mix of High School Musical, Hannah Montana and Twilight; which are fine in a way, but nothing compared to what she could come up with from her own imagination.


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