I get black and white and respect best practice but I see grey areas as an opportunity for trying new ways of doing things, coming up with innovative solutions, creating better practice and sorting stuff. Give me a grey area any day.
But, like fog, grey areas can be places where it is difficult to see what is going on and where sight of the bigger picture can be lost. When technology and new concepts are involved, unless we make increasing efforts to explain things simply and manage expectations around purpose, we can easily wander from objectives and sometimes lose or exclude people from a potentially inclusive process.
It seems there is a lot of similar stuff going on in Leeds in the guise of innovation labs/service design/hacks, jams, habitats and maker days. There’s an overlapping fog of disruption forming. Whilst this is a good thing and I’m really not knocking the ambition and implementation, which has taken a while to get going since first mooted by the early adopters, I suppose I’m questioning the combined impact and if it might be confusing the people it is aimed at helping or involving.
And, at a time when there seems to be the need for more integrated ways of doing things, might we be fragmenting, and perhaps duplicating resources – both people and spaces? Could we be joining up? Alternatively, might all these things offer more opportunities for more folk to get involved? It’s just a thought; a challenge perhaps – I’d be interested in others views.
My role is to explain some of these projects; to make them make sense and connect folk up who appear to be working on the same things. This post is part of that work.