Design isn’t like fashion with…

Design isn’t like fashion with its seasonality – it’s a calmer, more contemplative world, guided by the idea of durability. Design is for life, so designers need a genuine sense of responsibility: to be attentive in what they do and think about transportation, recycling and the materials that they use when they create an object. I launched the Ro Plastic Prize in 2019 with my son because I believe that it’s not plastic that’s bad; it’s the misuse of it that’s wrong. We need to engage designers in its reuse and also make them think differently about how they design.

Rossana Orlandi, Italian Design Guru

Monocle Minute on Design
April 27

According to emerging designer Anna…

According to emerging designer Anna Maria Øfstedal Eng, the human touch brings an X-factor that can never be replaced.

Monocle Minute on Design
April 27

The working relationship between a craftsperson and a designer can often be fraught with technical and creative tension. It’s not unusual to hear a furniture designer lament the limitations of a carpenter’s skills; equally, it’s not rare to hear a carpenter complain about a furniture designer’s unrealistic visions. So what’s the solution?

He [Alexandre Willaume, of Marie et Alexandre] believes that this is beneficial to both parties collaborating on a project. For the designer, not knowing exactly what is possible can be freeing. For the maker, receiving proposals that might seem impossible to execute can encourage them to explore new processes and methods. Perhaps, then, not only can approaching a collaboration with naivety lead to smoother professional relationships but it might also allow both designer and maker to improve their craft.

Nic Monisse is Monocle’s design editor.

The future

If the future is a time when many or most things in your life will be different than they are today, how long from now does that future start?

futurist Jane Mcgonigal

Don’t lose sight of ordinary people

great geo-politicians,’ do not always want to see ordinary people. Ordinary Ukrainians. Millions of those who actually live in the territory they are proposing to exchange for the illusion of peace. You always have to see people.

Taken on April 10, 2022


President Zelensky after Henry Kissinger and others advise that Ukraine give something to Russia.


Stepping Back

It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water the seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something and to do it well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.


Oscar Romero

Life long learning

I seek out the edge of the thing I understand

Jacob Collier, musician and producer.


It is not what you know but what you choose to say with what you know.

Jacob Collier. musician and producer

Could also apply to what you do with what you know.

Walking unaided

“I’m doing this without using Google Maps or a GPS because we’re losing the value of being able to move without a phone in our hands. With a physical map, you have a much wider view of where you are; you discover your surroundings and how they connect.”

Elia Oregon. Mountain guide walking the entire Italian peninsula
Quoted on BBC website

The heart trusts

What the heart trusts, the mind justifies, the emotions desire and the will carries out.

Encounters with Jesus, Timothy Keller