Interdisciplinary · Organizational Change & Development

This is broken. Now what?

Brokenness is everywhere and everything is broken for someone.  Many things are broken on purpose.  And still more are broken without our even knowing.  Seth Godin explains why, in what feels like a slightly improvised, humorous TedTalk:

Another take on brokenness, but from the architecture and design fields comes from Tom Fisher, the Dean of the College of Design at the U of MN.  Fisher’s latest book “Design to Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design” digs into buildings and bridges that fail us and extrapolates universal lessons that are valuable for organizations, governments and beyond.  All of these things can lack resiliency and be more prone to brokenness by poor design.  Of course, this means good design can also prevent catastrophic brokenness too:

Brokenness is here and it isn’t going away.  As Seth Godin states in his blog post on brokenness:

“I did this talk about three years ago … I have to admit that very little in the way of progress has occurred as a result.” – Seth Godin


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