If Only We Could Be as Smart as a Flower

The Living Building Challenge | David Henderson-Hean & Todd Brooks from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

hat tip: @katgjovik

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One response to “If Only We Could Be as Smart as a Flower

  1. The question “what if every single act of design made the world a better place?” on the opening screen of the Living Building Challenge has the — entirely correct — presupposition that presently *some* acts of design *do not* make “the world a better place”, and may even make it a worse place. And that gives me a hook to inveigh against something that really, really bugs me. Today’s New York Times has an Op-Ed in favor of “social entrepreneurship”, http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/the-rise-of-social-entrepreneur/. There’s nothing new about this: you can even do an undergraduate concentration (maybe a minor or major) in “social entrepreneurship” at some universities now. But why, WHY is it (seemingly, to me) always presupposed by people pushing it that “social entrepreneurship” is necessarily going to make “the world a better place”? Even if (as is also, seemingly, always presupposed — but which seems highly unlikely to me) that all “social entrepreneurs” *want* to make “the world a better place” (rather than, presumably, better *for them* and those with whom they identify — who may not be all humans, much less all the world). Bah, humbug.

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