CIVIC DESIGN GONE AWRY

When you hear the term “design,” you likely think of things like logos, Photoshop and well-oiled machines. What you likely do not think of is government. But, whether it’s good or bad, our government is a design.  We know the blueprint of our government as the Constitution and Bill of Rights of course.  And lately it would seem that, like so many other institutions in our country, our government is failing us.  But what if it isn’t the design of government, but rather the design of our politics that is to blame?  We’re not used to thinking of politics as separate and apart from our governmental institutions, but separating the two just may lead to a better ability to redesign and make what’s wrong, right while not messing with what’s actually working.   (more…)

GETTING A CLUE

Large institutions, across every sector, don’t seem to be trusted these days. We talk about trusted brands, but we don’t seem to put much trust in them. OK, sometimes we don’t trust them because they really shouldn’t be trusted. I don’t have to call anyone out by name, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be too difficult for you to come up with a few companies, a few politicians, a few religious leaders, etc. who just make you roll your eyes and say, “ick”. But more often that not, we don’t trust institutions because they act like they just don’t have a clue. And not just any clue, but the clue defined by you. (more…)