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Keynote Speeches for Architects and Designers: Design is now at the center of the economy…

Why Have This Futurist Speak At Your Event?

There’s a long history of Utopian literature: stories of how we’ll make the world anew, be rid of all problems, leave history behind and find ourselves in a perfect world. (Me thinks this runs rampant in Futurist circles.) Perfection in human behavior can only be achieved by removing the human. Every time we try to make heaven on earth, we find ourselves in hell.

From the article in The Weekly Standard: “Back in Victorian times, people had some excuse for utopianism, which had not had very much in the way of a real-world tryout at that point. Now it has. Now we have no excuse for an easy faith in other, better worlds, as opposed to slightly improved versions of this one. This must be why other utopian theorists tend not to look to the past but to disguise their utopianism as “progressivism.” But as G. K. Chesterton had asked, if you’re going to use the word “progress” you need to explain it. Progress towards what, progress away from what? He also said that progress isn’t always about leaving things behind us, sometimes it is leaving things inside of us. The tyranny of change addiction, believing that change is the only constant is to believe that we have learned nothing.

The future will not be perfect. It can be better, but it will be messy and never in a constant stream forward.

The School of Life Offers Some Cheat Sheets

“How can one word be better than another?” Well, there is a way: The Joy of Lex

How do Creatives Finish?

Verbicide” means what it sounds like, the murder of a word, … From First Things on uncluttering the mind so as to think and speak well.

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Eden Phillpotts

Article: The Future’s Just Not That Into You.

Video: SEGD Keynote

There is something predatory, cruel even, about a pen suspended over a text. Like a hawk over a field, it is on the lookout for something vulnerable… 

A Weapon for Readers – Tim Parks – New York Review of Books – 3 Dec 2014

Why you should read with a pen in hand.

Video: AIAS Keynote

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.

 

James Baldwin

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

 

Joseph Joubert

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The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.

 

Douglas Adams

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” but “That’s funny…”

Isaac Asimov

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Oscar Wilde

You can never get enough of what you really don’t need.

Eric Hoffer

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