I reckon I spend a lot of time in the wood staring at bark, let alone single trees, so this week I have spent time working out how step back and see the bigger picture.
1. Remember what you are doing
Sounds stupid I know, but each thing you do is part of something bigger. It might have a specific aim, or be part of your more general purpose. You just need to remember what it is. Write it down, stick it up and look at it daily. Continue reading
His eight minute talk really got me thinking about the need to change how people see things not change how things are seen. I particularly liked his suggestion that we use story instead of simply provide information. And that we should always aim to improve the experience – ‘don’t make it shit’. (Oh, we are good sometimes at adding so much – interpretation, information, contextualization – that we simply obscure what it is that we want someone to really look at – he reminded us to ‘keep the naked eye naked’).
He spoke about the opportunity we have to extract value from our everyday experiences too. The company he is working with runs Chromaroma – a ‘game’ you play based on your Oyster card and the journeys you make.
As he spoke, he referred to his notes, written in a Firespotting notebook. A notebook, yes, but one with a story. It’s a notebook designed for firespotters – for with the responsibility to watch across forests, the power to avert tragedy and disaster. Yes, it’s a notebook. But one where the notes can be vital. One in which the writer is a hero.
I want one.