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“Everything we design, designs us back”

Called ontological design, it is a concept that considers how context and environment shape our ideas. Spaces where we work impact our work. Colors make us feel more creative or more restricted in our thinking. Furniture design can impact how we interact with our clients. Spaces with hammocks and green plants can help employees feel playful and encourage new ideas and approaches.Where we do business affects how we do business (and vice versa).

Our experiences are subjective and they can be influenced by our environment. I am reminded of a quote by the famous Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan who said:

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.”

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We often talk about this quote in terms of technology, yet there is so much more to what McLuhan says here. We are natural creators, born to create but also born to become part of the reality we construct and influence with our art, science and business.

EMC

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Pitching Your Idea is Art and Science

Convincing someone of your ideas is an art and a science and is one of the easiest and hardest things to do. Here’s why: a) it depends on your audience b) it depends on you and c) it depends on your idea. All these things come into play in the sale of your “business idea”, the elevator pitch, the “convince me why I want to do business with you” speech…success depends on how well you are able to control the above three elements.

Pitching is Art because the pitch should be effortless; telling your story in such a way as to attract the attention of your audience, to show them a new world while doing justice to you and your idea. Pitching is Science because there is a science to it; we know how the brain works, how it reacts to different stimuli and how it processes “threats”; so even if your idea will make (or save) your client millions of dollars, there is always the feeling that a new idea is a threat to your client’s status quo.

“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” -Robert McAfee Brown

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