The most wonderful world of all

This is an amazing planet.

Yes, it produces nettles and hogweed but it also holds the possibilities of ice-cream and chocolate and espressos.  How does that happen?

We know we are very capable of taking the commodities from the planet and making many things from these.  More and more faster and faster is not the problem.  Adding value is:

‘Curation is about selecting and arranging to add value – defined in the broadest possible sense.’*

Just before writing these words about this critical element of curation in the 21st century, Michael Bhaskar points out that good curation will demand we move out of our comfort into the uncomfortable to bring things of value into being:

‘Now more than ever, we need to argue that good curation takes us beyond our comfort zones.’*

It’s not good enough to blame the system, to point at others and say it’s their fault; we all need to take responsibility as someone who sucks stuff in and churns stuff out.

If we are to do this, I think we will have to slow down to see what is possible:

‘Walking shares with making and working that crucial element of engagement of the body and mind with the world, of knowing the world through the body and body through the world.’**

The faster we move, the harder it is to change the trajectory we’re on.  Walking, going slow, provides us with the opportunity to see many new directions, to see a wonderful world and imagine its future.

(*From Michael Bhaskar’s Curation.)
(**From Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust.)

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