The educated citizen


Emily Campbell, when she was at the RSA, asked whether designers could redefine themselves as more than making beautiful resources; rather, as making people more resourceful. This is certainly true of the value of the creative mind in today’s world; it ought to be the goal of every education.

Resourcefulness has many meanings: resourcefulness is ingenuity; the ability to think on your feet; the ability to adapt one solution to another problem; the ability to make something out of little or nothing. But resourcefulness is also the confidence that comes with knowledge; having a skill or a range of skills at your disposal; knowing enough to make a wise choice; having analogous experience; having connections to draw on and knowing how to collaborate. This knowledge feeds the ingenuity, and vice versa.


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