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26 by 26 9:27am, 19 February 2013
Reading through the great responses to the "Quotes of Interest" discussion, we've been inspired to post a few ourselves from designer Bruce Mau's Incomplete Manifesto for Growth. We wouldn't necessarily put it forward as our own manifesto but it does clearly expresses some of the spirit and intention of 26 by 26...probably better than we could ourselves!

Forget about good.
Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.

Process is more important than outcome.
When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.

Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child).
Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.

Go deep.
The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.

Begin anywhere.
John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.

Drift.
Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.

Collaborate.
The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.

Think with your mind.
Forget technology. Creativity is not device-dependent.

Listen carefully.
Every collaborator who enters our orbit brings with him or her a world more strange and complex than any we could ever hope to imagine. By listening to the details and the subtlety of their needs, desires, or ambitions, we fold their world onto our own. Neither party will ever be the same.

All quotes are by Bruce Mau.
Simon five Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Simon five (member) 5 years ago
Well worth the read. Thanks.
acrid addition [deleted] 5 years ago
really enjoyed reading this
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Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
Star Trekkian...to boldly go...
Palofperu PRO 5 years ago
Only just found this. So glad I have. Cracking words of wisdom from Bruce Mau which are both comforting and inspirational. Thanks for posting.
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