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The photo on the main page shows a stone age chopping tool on display in the British Museum that's the oldest known object made by man. Found near the Olduvai Gorge by Louis S.B. Leaky in the 1930's it is two million years old. In the BBC's ground breaking podcast, The History of the World in a Hundred Objects, Neil MacGregor notes that from this moment in our history, we can no longer survive without the things we make. But even more interesting, he suggests that the care with which this tool was crafted marks the beginning of a defining human trait - the obsession, not just to make things, but to make them better. In other words, design.

Visions of the Future (part One)

Few of the millions who visit Walt Disney's EPCOT every year know how little today's park has in common with Disney's original concept. While the pavilions from around the world are captivating, and the exhibits featuring technology and ecology inspire and fascinate, these  are still a far cry from what Disney himself had in mind.

 

No, the original concept was sheer genius - an experimental city - where concepts for the future could be prototyped in the setting of a living, breathing, working city. You can watch Walt himself give his pitch, way back in 1966 in this video.

Unfortunately, Walt's more ambitious vision was abandoned in the wake of his untimely death in December, 1966. I have yet to discover any insights from those actually involved in the decision to take a different course. Possibly, the challenges posed by running a real live city were too daunting for anyone less audacious than Walt himself to pursue. Although some of those obstacles might be genuine, I do have to wonder how many of them are obstacles of mindset or lack of imagination. These are some of the themes I hope to explore in this blog...