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Learn to retain your freedom, born with it? How to go about it?

Long time ago, a small community voiced a set of laws or codes of behavior: Males and females voted on the laws after a calamity that decimated the village.

The neighboring villages refused to even listen to these laws: They felt cleverer than this community and were comfortable with their customs.

The laws were orally spread to far away communities. A few villages selected the items that satisfied their life-styles, and the chief or the council of elders contributed in the trade-off discussions.

A few villages edited the laws and interpreted them differently.

All the villages never got to the last items in the laws that stipulated: “You are born free. Learn to retain your freedom”.

This items was the abstract one among the other more practical in nature for running the daily life. And it was Not logical: Why you need to learn to be free if you were born with it?

Many people were burned alive for voicing publicly this right and considered to be heretic persons and witches.

Nowadays, this item is back on the list of laws, but the operationalization of how and what to learn is muddy and diverse.

War in mostly the preferred option to subjugate other communities into abiding to laws that don’t suit their conditions, situations and world views.

 

Design is basic to all human activity.

“All men are designers. All that we do, almost all the time, is design, for design is basic to all human activity.

The planning and patterning of any act towards a desired, foreseeable end constitutes the design process.

Any attempt to separate design, to make it a thing-by-itself, works counter to the inherent value, of design as the primary underlying matrix of life.

Design is com- posing an epic poem, executing a mural, painting a masterpiece, writing a concerto. But design is also cleaning and reorganizing a desk drawer, pulling an impacted tooth, baking an apple pie, choosing sides for a back-lot baseball game, and educating a child.

Design is the conscious effort to impose meaningful order.” – Victor Papaneck

A few people place Information Theory/technology at the center of all sciences and knowledge. I prefer to locate Design in the center.

Designing require vast general knowledge and an experimental mind to fine-tune and frequently re-design what targeted certain species, genders, ethnic idiosyncrasies.

We indeed need to recognize that we have to get interested in psychology, sociology, geography, history… and every discipline that affect our comprehension of “ How to design and who are our target users

The more we are involved with what people want, the more we focus on the health and safety of the users (mentally, physically and emotionally) of what we design.

The moment we consider ourselves ” a professional” in design, the more we get alienated from the target user and intention of the design. Thus, connectivity and communication with the larger segments of the population insure better receptivity to our designs.

Unfortunately, the skills and knowledge of how to design experiments is badly lacking in curriculum: These skills do Not come naturally and require many periods of initiation of what are the causes, the catalysts, the controlling variables and the interdependence of variables affecting outcomes.

Note: It would have been a great purpose to publish our day-dreaming projects, with details. Precising the kinds of disciplines required to fine-tune the planning and execution of the project, along with the proper people ready to take on the project full-time..


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