I've been keeping my eye on an outfit called The Craftsmanship Initiative since I first signed up for their quarterly electronic magazine, Craftsmanship Quarterly in 2015. Their stated mission is to "shine a light on those reclaiming craftsmanship's principles of excellence and durability as a pathway to a better world." The quarterly features in-depth profiles of interesting people doing all kinds of interesting things.
A recent email linked me to an article about applying principles of craft to your everyday life. The principles they cited were: 1) excellence--do good work for its own sake, 2) mastery--keep learning and applying what you learn 3) patieince--craftsmanship takes time, 4) forgiveness--you don't have to have everything figured out, and 5) pride--occasionally celebrate your work.
It's all good, but it all seems kind of superficial to me. I think there's more to craft. Check it out for yourself, and then, if you have a mind to, leave a comment here.
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Posted Mar 2, 2018 12:20 PM PST. report
Mar 3, 2018 9:41 AM
What immediately comes to mind is E. F. Schumacher's "Buddhist Economics"
...to give a man a chance to utilize and develop his faculties; to overcome his ego-centeredness by joining with other people in a common task; and to bring forth the goods and services needed for a becoming existence...
As much as craft is about self-discovery and empowerment, it is also about culture and collaboration.