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A quick thought about how to cope in hard times. November 29, 2008

Posted by @Karen_Fu in life challenges.
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Something I wrote over at an online networking site in response to
a fellow forumer’s question.

On 11/17/08 9:39 PM, I wrote:
be open to the world;
be genuine in what you do.
though the world may have its dark sides;
do not be preyed by the shades of grey and gloom;
but to dwell in the bright and good

be prepared of what your stake is;
move forth with guts without the buts.

be different and daring to change;
do not listen to where conventional lies.

stay healthy in both body and mind;
stay loyal to the good;
be careful of the lies.

when your mind is clear in mind and healthy in body
you’ll make the right moves

and hence

Why this blog ? November 15, 2008

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, Economy, life challenges, Uncategorized.
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Daring To Change was actually my academic work back in the 90s. I had been thinking about how design could change lives for the better and thought that instead of writing the usual design literature, I should attempt writing on how creative thinking could value add living. I have questioned the issues on design education and various thinking methodologies, as well as citing my own country as an example, how the appropriate thinking could turn a small tiny country into what it is today. Though my country (Singapore) is tiny and cannot compete with other much larger and older countries where history and natural resources are rich and powerful; it is a living example of how creativity in a pragmatic sense could make a transformation from a 3rd world to a near first. It change itself can be viewed as controvesial. Some consider it to be an autocratic and stifling state; while some see it as a modern example of exceptional accomplishment given its tiny size and population of a mere 4.6 million
(estimate) people.

Regardless, my hope is that my skills and ideas could help people positively. I am no supergirl nor marverick. I am just a modest little elfin who lives 1 degree north of the equator, having interesting ideas and lots of enthusiasm in her work. I hope to find like minded people to join my little network and bring small little pieces of dreams come true. It may just be a small paper theory at first. But I believe that it will come forth and become something real and substantial as time passes.

The habitat that we are all living in is undergoing not only environmental disaster alone. This change we need is a holistical, multi-disciplinary one that needs courage to face them and make it happen. Not a lot of people are daring to make the shift because there are too many obstacles that needs to tear down.

Hence the title : Daring To Change.

Daring to change has been extended to include changes in the environment, in governance, in humanity, and in general our daily living. Its a large sphere of change that we need to embrace. The latest US election shows ‘Change is coming’ as President Elect Barack Obama has put it.

His line of Change reminded my own undergraduate paper and also what was to be a conference paper that I did not get the time to present. Perhaps on this blog at WordPress, I could present some of my modest ideas and hopefully gain some constructive ideas of how to improve them. Cheers !

quick typing 15 November 2008