Toward a new paradigm of compassionate digital products.
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“A successful software tool is one that was used to do something undreamed of by its author.” —Stephen Johnson
Ku is not a poverty or absence of ideas or materials. Indeed, it’s a much richer concept than the Western understanding of “emptiness.” It’s a stance—a readiness to receive inspiration from outside. “To offer an empty vessel is to pose a single question and to be wholly ready to accept the huge variety of answers,” says Hara. “Emptiness is itself a possibility of being filled.”
The end goal of this endeavor is to follow the same path it advocates for digital products: to fade into the background until imperceptible. Its ideas, like dandelion seeds, spread so far from home that no one knows their origin. Removed from their source, these ideas might grow slowly, naturally, until they're taken for granted as a fundamental part of the product development process.
The root cause of our predicament with schizophrenic digital products is the prevailing incentive system.
Innovative incentive structures lead to new business models that lead to new product design paradigms.
Before we begin, we need to comprehend how deep we'll be forced to dig.