An accidental vagrant is a traveler who has been accidentally blown of course or who has intentionally strayed.
Accidental vagrants fill existing niches or establish new ecosystems. They cross-pollinate the fruits of creativity and innovation.
There has not been a lot of good news in this time of the 'virus' but just as I was getting a little depressed about it all I was introduced to this presentation on David W. Orr by Amelia Stockman, a student and member of the next generation of scholars and practitioners in Australia. She has given me new hope that her generation is getting on with what needs to be done to overcome the mess they have inherited. Thank you Amelia":
Industrial / product designers make stuff for people to buy and use. One of the most successful designers of this type in the 20th Century and now most influential in the 21st Century is Dieter Rams. This is a great video about him and his work:
"Rams is streaming free with optional subtitles in English, German, Italian, Czech, Russian, Korean, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.
Hopefully some of Dieter’s philosophy and wisdom can be an inspiration for you during this crisis. #LessButBetter
Watch Rams free now, until April 14: https://www.ohyouprettythings.com/free"
I champion clarity and transparency between terms like 'design' and 'design thinking' wherever I can. Here is a great example of two approaches to the ubiquitous term 'design thinking'. The first is a particularly good review.
I have participated many times with colleagues and others in discussions about the importance of transparency and clarity in the use of terms such as design, innovation, creativity, change et. al. Related to this, a book I recommend highly, was the last book published by Russ Ackoff:
Differences That Make a Difference: An Annotated Glossary of Distinctions Important in Management.
Russell L. Ackoff
Triarchy Press. 2010
And then as a reality check on reality: