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Constraints and Innovation

You should check out this fantastic short article from a designer at IDEO, the company that developed the first Apple mouse and is a driving force behind the design thinking movement. Two points I want to make:

1. I’ve sensed throughout my reading that design thinking and agrarianism have natural points of affinity. You can translate all five of the constraints in this article to agrarian principles like “consulting the genius of the place,” “praise ignorance,” Sabbath rest, etc.

2. The most radical thing I’ve done in the past 10 years — as a writer, as a family man, as an American, and as a follower Jesus — is to make the decision, with Kate, to root ourselves permanently in the Silverton area. This is the constraint of place, and it is a decision that I think will channel our energy and creativity for decades.


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