Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.

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If we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.

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In the past, all of our Nations of people, red, yellow, black and white were hunters of the land and waters. We all used the natural resources available to us, however today in our urban societies these resources are limited, and in order to survive we must maintain our cultures and become modern day hunters through education-degrees, diplomas, and technical trades are the tools that will allow us to grow into the future.

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To love someone or something is not just to agree with them or affirm them. To bother to engage with problematic culture, and problematic people within that culture, is an act of love. So what does it mean in a complex and dead-serious way to come from that place of love?

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My culture is my world.

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I see the connection to my culture as the most important aspect of what has made me who I am today.

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Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures.

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Changing mindsets is tough, but changing behaviors is almost impossible at times unless you also change cultures.

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The purpose of civilization is to help us pretend that things are better than they are.’

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In a contest between coercive power, financial power, and cultural power, the ultimate advantage resides in cultural power.

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The power to shape the stories that frame a culture is a power that ultimately trumps the coercive powers of the state and the financial power of concentrated wealth.

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In my head, the design imperative that we need to prioritize is clear: Develop social, technical, economic, and political structures that allow people to understand, appreciate, and bridge different viewpoints. Too much technology and media was architected with the idea that just making information available would do that cultural work. We now know that this is not what happened.

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It is the duty of the inventor to build a new gestalt for the old one in the framework of society. And when he does, his invention calmly and equitably becomes part of everyday life and no one can understand why it wasn’t always there.

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Civilization advances by extending the number of operations we can perform without thinking of them.

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All culture always goes back and feeds off the past, it can’t help it, but there are two ways of doing it. Either you can go back and get inspiration from the past and create something genuinely new, which is the whole history of all sorts of things — not just art and music. What bothers me at the moment is that you get a very different sense out of pop culture, which is that it is literally like a form of archaeology. It’s going back and rebuilding it almost as a sort of work of art in itself... It’s almost like a terminus railway station in a city where all the trains just keep on arriving and nothing ever leaves.

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We’re cultural creatures and meaning doesn’t simply generate itself out of thin air; it’s sustained by a cultural framework.

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Because our cultures are so diverse and we come from different backgrounds and we’re at different ages and stages of life, you can’t have a cookie cutter approach to this huge transformation that we need.

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Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.

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Humans live not only their personal life, as an individual, but also, consciously or unconsciously, the life of their epoch and their contemporaries.

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The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and never therefore never scrutinize or question.

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