One of the more intriguing bits in Nilofer Merchant’s book about the care and feeding of wild ideas that can dent the world, THE POWER OF ONLYNESS, is the one about taking a closer and more considered look at “the question that you can’t answer but can’t stop thinking about.” That annoying question is like a bedraggled, adorable con-artist mutt that follows you around and accepts occasional handouts from you but warily stays out of reach. It hangs around.
Probably since the beginning of time the love of stuff has ruled the world. And as long as there has been stuff-love, there probably also have been those who growl about all this rampant “stuff-ism.” According to those grouses, making and getting and keeping and trading and maintaining and so on and so forth goes against “right” thinking and the proper order of something or other. Stuff-ism is going to destroy the world as we know it, they say, or…
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Todd Henry is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps people and organizations “generate brilliant ideas.” In his book about developing a voice, LOUDER THAN WORDS: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice, he recounts a piece of advice that artist/illustrator Lisa Congden received from her art teacher.