I stumbled upon this extremely inspiring documentary about a writer turned knife maker, Joel Bukiewicz, of Cut Brooklyn. While the focus of the director was on “hand-made,” and the importance of that tradition in a machine age, what I found so spectacular was the kind of language Joel was using to describe his introduction to business and entrepreneurship – enjoy the film below.
I believe we are headed towards an era of sameness – an era in which innovation by the human species alone is impossible because all humanly perceivable problems are solved. While, to some, the elimination of problems may seem to be a great success, I find it to be the most pressing dilemma of mankind. Entrepreneurship, the design of new stuff as a result of our innate empathy towards others, is what makes us human. To strip innovation and ingenuity out of the human equation is to strip the very thing that makes us unique as a species.
Matthew Manos is an MFA Candidate in Media Design at the Art Center College of Design. This is his thesis blog.