Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto

Posted by jgro in Quick Thoughts

One of the most resonant pieces of Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto is this gem:

40. Avoid fields. Jump fences. Disciplinary boundaries and regulatory regimes are attempts to control the wilding of creative life. They are often understandable efforts to order what are manifold, complex, evolutionary processes. Our job is to jump the fences and cross the fields.

After fifteen years of work experience, across a wide range of industries, I have seen no stronger correlation for the success of an individual or a team—all else being equal—than the degree to which this polite suggestion is followed.