What's missing from your innovation?

  • Due Jul 21, 2014 at 9:59pm
  • Points 1
  • Questions 1
  • Time Limit None


One of the hardest things for me is evaluating my own ideas and discarding all but the best ones. It's definitely not that all my ideas are great, it's just that I become attached to them and sometimes feel like I won't get "credit" for content I remove from a class or presentation. Yet, if I don't filter myself, my classes and presentations accomplish nothing because they are trying to accomplish everything. In this module you will "add" elegance to your energy innovation projects.

iStock_000006335662XSmall.jpgThirty spokes share the wheel’s hub, it is the center hole that makes it useful. Shape clay into a vessel, it is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room, it is the holes which make it useful. Therefore profit comes from what is there, usefulness from what is not there. - Lao Tzu

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” - Pablo Picasso

“If we observed first, designed second, we wouldn’t need most of the things we build.” - Ben Hamilton-Baillie



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Reading & Video

Read Matthew May's Manifesto on Creative Elegance.

Read the posts tagged with 'elegance' on my website.

Try these 2 Elegance exercises.

Read about Patagonia's latest advertising campaign.

Read "It's Too Easy Being Green" by David Owen

Watch this video:

The Story of Stuff

Tweet a picture of your favorite example of elegance (include "#150tons")

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