Whether you call them wicked, complex, intractable, or just plain broken, our society is facing many tough issues. We can't sit back and hope for the best. It's up to us to work through the complexity and create thoughtful, sustainable solutions.
We are Kumu — a small startup and an ambitious community changing the world one connection at a time.
And this is our manifesto.
There is too much bad news to justify complacency. There is too much good news to justify despair. Donella Meadows
Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. Noam Chomsky
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. EF Schumacher
Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity. Thor Heyerdahl
They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. Ronald Reagan
A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system. Gall’s Law
The more you step back and embrace complexity, the better chance you have of finding simple answers. Eric Berlow
It is my conviction that if we joined together to localize on a global scale, we could bring about tremendous and lasting positive change. Helena Norberg-Hodge
What if design could be the opposite of conflict? Not by ignoring it, but by feeding off it. A way to incorporate and integrate differences & not through compromise or by choosing sides, but by tying conflicting interests into a Gordian knot of new ideas. Bjarke Ingles
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
- Apple, 1997