How does a single point of view carry the day in a conversation amongst intelligent, articulate people? How does a way of thinking rise to the top and sweep away doubt and unaswered questions? Too often we forego a culture of inquiry to adopt consensus. It feels good to be on the same page at the end of a meeting. Tension and stress are relieved. However, we may be missing the greater opportunity to broaden our understanding of the place we occupy. To consider multiple routes to the same destination.
This morning I read that the Good Design Award for 2016 was being presented to the Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance. Their innovation? A new world map that better represented the land masses of earth. Since 1569 humanity has accepted the Mercator projection as the best two-dimensional representation of our planet. Other models exist, but change has been rejected. We are working with flawed data, and yet we hold tight to what we know. Reimagining representations of our globe on paper is not radical technology, but conventional wisdom persisted for centuries.
What have we accepted that would benefit from desging thinking? What is our Mercator projection?