Some Notes

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Now that I’m a week into my little project there are a few things I’d like to make sure I’ve been clear about.

The first thing I want to say is that while the project that inspired this one was about poverty (as are the projects I’ve linked under the Related Projects sidebar in the header) my project is in fact not about poverty.

I’m not trying to say that poor people could do more if they just worked a little harder, I’m not trying to argue that creative shopping is a solution to pervasive economic problems, and I’m not trying to make any point at all about the global distribution of resources.

My project is primarily about food.

I would like to show that healthy food can be very cheap—so cheap that you can make it even if you have only a dollar. And that there are ways of cooking cheaply that don’t involve buying things in large quantities or using coupons or planning your meals a month in advance. And that I think that people today make things too complicated—you can make a good simple meal with three ingredients. Don’t let the foodie police intimidate you.

The project is also about knowledge and creativity.

Knowledge and creativity are the most important resources in the world—far more important than money.

If you know what you’re doing, you can use basic items in place of things you would otherwise have to pay much more for. You can work with building blocks instead of buildings.

And if you’re creative, everything is a building block, and you can combine them in a million different ways.

Not all of them will be good, but you’ll learn something every time.

In the words of playwright Samuel Beckett, “No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

And that’s what I’m trying to show.

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