Complex beauty requires complex efforts.

Refining the Intersection between Ideas and Problems

My challenge resides at the intersection of my 12 favorite problems. It’s expressed by one of the problems itself: how to address all of the 12 in an interdependent way?

If in the group, I include:

  1. Identity
  2. Relationships
  3. Learning
  4. Health
  5. Thinking
  6. Communication
  7. Sustainability
  8. Design
  9. Technology
  10. Creativity
  11. Art
  12. Systems thinking

What’s the overall problem I am referring to? How can I consider all of them as being part of the same whole?

Organizing them by relation would lead to creating clusters:

  1. Me and the others
    1. Identity
    2. Health
    3. Relationships
  2. My mind
    1. Learning
    2. Thinking
    3. Systems thinking
  3. The world
    1. Sustainability
  4. Creativity
    1. Communication
    2. Design
    3. Technology
    4. Art

Yes, it is stretched, I know, but I like what I came up with. How could I reformulate the One Problem using those clusters?

  1. How can I put my creativity at the World’s service?
  2. Being healthy and knowledgeable to make a more sustainable world.
  3. From personal growth to ecosystem sustainability.
  4. Being a healthy part of a healthy world.
  5. Art, communication, design, and technology to make education accessible to everybody, to increase the ecosystem’s health.

They sound like a mission. And I like that. I am creating the first drafts of my personal mission.

Ideas and mission

I should cluster my 100 ideas in the same fashion. Maybe in a future article. Which idea is related to my mission drafts?

Rereading the list, I find them relatively coherent, and that is reassuring. Which idea is falling at the intersections of my favorite problems and consequently in my mission’s realm?

I like this one:

Apply the metaphor of cooking to systems thinking, design, and as a simple project to create software to learn and teach about computer science, interaction design, and brain development.

Not bad. It touches on several aspects and disciplines with defined outcomes.

I will iterate this process each time I need to get inspiration to make progress. Ideas will get refined and refreshed while problems will coalesce into a more clear personal mission. I can use these better-defined concepts to write more about them and to filter information against them. That’s a good step forward in my creative approach directly influencing my Personal Knowledge Management System.

Complex beauty requires complex efforts.
Complex beauty requires complex efforts.
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Senior Experience Designer. 25 years designing, developing, writing, speaking, facilitating and teaching.

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