Posted by Kirsten Gibbs Last updated 21st January 2020 reading time
Once people had seen a wheel, they didn’t have to invent it. They used it to improve a process – moving heavy things, hunting, war, playing.
Once people in England had seen a brick house, they didn’t have to invent it. They used it as a model for building new, bigger, more comfortable houses. Then they used it as a model to build more comfortable and permanent houses for more people.
Once people saw the internet, they didn’t have to invent it. They used it to re-invigorate old processes – shopping, talking, sharing information.
Once you have a process for doing something, you don’t have to invent it. You can build on it to regenerate old processes you want to keep, or to create new processes that were not possible before. You can use it to come up with a much better version.
Our civilisation is built on streamlining processes to make room for inventing new ones.
Many people see ‘process’ as restrictive, stultifying, oppressive.
That’s not because it’s process, it’s because people are inventing the wrong things.