What is an 'elegant solution'?
“If there is anything to do, there is certainly a best way to do it, and the best way is both the most economical and the most graceful.” - Inazo Nitobe
An elegant solution is a well-considered, intentional response to a complex situation. It achieves the maximum desired effect with the smallest or simplest effort. It has a purpose and wide understandings of its various contexts.
There are three conditions that I aim to meet in all of my work:
- Enable real people to act on their the passions, talents, and interests at every stage.
- Give strength to local cultural practices, moral and ethical obligations, legal requirements and environmental limits.
- Deliver what is asked in a way that supports parallel efforts and is in alignment with the broader intent of the work.
I'm an advocate of systems thinking, human centred design, and The Britten Institute's Ten Design Principles.
My aspiration for society is that condition 1 is met for all people at all times, everywhere. Conditions 2 and 3 speak more to the approach that I believe is necessary to enable 1, and are in alignment with my strengths and skills.