I read this speech, given by Paul Hawken at the Portland University commencement address and it moved me so much I want to print it in its entirety here, lazy as that might be... Voila: "When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple short talk that … Continue reading Paul Hawken’s – inspiring, simple
http://www.slideshare.net/cxpartners/secrets-of-simplicity This is a nice presentation about simplicity, worth a squizz. However, there are a few key points that the author misses: The difference between simplification and simplicity. One is an attempt to take a DVD player control and make it easier to use. The other is a desire to design life in a way … Continue reading Presentation about simplicity
Have you noticed that the wrinklier ones amongst us (being the older folks) often live a rather simpler life than us youngens. There comes a time in one's life, it seems, when you stop worring so much about whether your cardigan is in fashion, or what you 'should' be doing and focus instead on the … Continue reading If I had my life over
I’ve just finished Ancient Futures, by Helena Norberg-Hodge, a truly magical snapshot of a culture that has, until recently, lived in almost perfect symbiosis with its surroundings. It is a true manifesto for simple living, demonstrating how simplicity can and has brought about happiness in communities. It describes the balance needed to afford contentment and … Continue reading Ancient Futures
The current economic crisis gives us all an opportunity to rethink our priorities. What really matters in life? The endless round of getting and spending, or less tangible things - spending time with friends and family, a walk in the countryside, admiring something beautiful? The National Trust 'Quality of Life' Debates, in conjunction with Intelligence², … Continue reading Sounds Familiar – talk to see in London
An interesting article that uses Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue" to explore the idea of 'radical simplicity'. In this case the move from complexifying be-bop, toward freer, simpler music - resulting in the most successful Jazz record ever.
Simpletom will explore and analyze the increased desire and need for simplicity in modern society. We’re continually tantalized by simplicity. Our banks, our supermarkets, our computers, our phones – each claim to offer us a simpler life. A life of one-stop-shops, single-clicks, free delivery, no-hassle purchases and ease-of-use… and yet our world seems increasingly complex. … Continue reading Why?