A New Way of Looking at the World

Telephone sheep from the Frankfurt Museum of Communications
More Telephone Sheep from the Frankfurt Museum of Communications

2010 is fresh and sparkling new.  What better way to start it than by considering that there may be a new way of imagining our world?  These “telephone sheep” from the Frankfurt Museum of Communications take old dial-up phones and transform them into something completely different, something most of us wouldn’t have imagined when looking at a useless outdated phone.

We human beings have within us the ability to imagine a different world, as well as the amazing capacity to work towards creating it. I invite you to imagine a world where fossil fuels are used carefully, like the precious resource that they are;  a world with cleaner air and water; a world where those of us in the industrialized world don’t leave a legacy of pollution and destruction for those in the developing world, and our own future generations.

We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better. ~JK Rowling, speech to Harvard Alumni Association, 2008

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men (sic) who can dream of things that never were.  ~ John F. Kennedy

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. ~ Albert Einstein

Thanks to my brother Jon for bringing the “telephone sheep” pictures to my attention!