Brief encounters …

Ever reflected on how good conversation needs good conditions, for example a walk through Kensington in the rain, followed by tapas with a glass of rose in pleasant surroundings. Shared with folk who inspire a diversity of thought, matched with a deeper motivation to want to challenge, and create … this was an evening that started a conversation and triggered our work together on how we could start to make visible the practical ways we can make the ‘digital economy … ‘

 

 

It’s always struck me as a little bewildering the way we are trying to make sense of and to make stuff in the digital economy with ways forged during the industrial economy. There is no doubt that the industrial economy made some great stuff and it has been most effective at scale and centralising – but what happens when you need to be more holistic, distributed, unpredictable … ?

 

Starting small is sensible; how might we just begin to see the parts of the ‘digital economy’ and what we could pragmatically and poetically do with these parts. E.g. what business models might emerge that disrupt the status quo.

 

My very good colleague Irene says – the immaterial meets us via the material’; at InDI we are curious to understand the quality of these encounters, and design’s role in enhancing them for a better quality of life. Trying stuff out is the best way to understand …

 

So, here we have Cathy’s economic theory (the immaterial) made material through design as drawings, symbols, and prototypes – the outcome of a few months of work together. Some small handy outcomes to begin to see ways to make a new kind of living …

 

With some good conversations on the way …