One of the basics of capitalism is patents: the idea that you own an idea. I’ve had students who preferred to have their idea patented, and have this piece of paper, than be able to execute their project in real life, because to them it’s better to own something than to achieve something with what they’ve created. When you start discussing ownership, people prefer to keep ideas hidden and that’s problematic, because change happens when you share. Everything you create is a product of everything that everyone has created before. By giving credit accordingly, it’s a way of showing that everyone is bringing something valuable to the product.
Unlearning the idea of what we elevate, as designers and teachers, forms a lot of this conversation. bell hooks mentions that the older you get, the worse unlearning becomes, because you’re so embedded and fixed in your ways. To unlearn the body of knowledge that you have, with all the money you spent on it, is hard to swallow.
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