I’ve had many of the same thoughts as you. My particular path through the startup world has taught me techniques that can be used beyond technology development that can help improve institutions that are really struggling. Call it Lean Startup or Design Thinking, but this ethos of start small, release often, test and iterate can be used to improve…
I’m going to dare to be the first one to write a critical response to this piece.
I could do so from a philosophical background, quoting Socrates about the unexamined life not being worth living.
Or recount how I spent four years studying philosophy, creating no “value” for other people, while…
I think a lot of this comes from the history of Undercurrent, its various children, and other vaguely similar agencies such as IDEO and Idea Couture. What you have are design agencies who move slowly up the innovation ladder from products, to strategy, and then to the fundamentals of the organization itself.
Constant reinvention is the goal.
But I think that first time we hit rock bottom we are in a kind of recovery. Every thing else we have tried so far has failed us.
And there is a healing process in shedding everything and returning to the essentials in life.