“Think historically, to make decisions for the present, to plan for the future.”
“Continue to add data points to your mind-map to make a constellation of ideas.”
David Dewane is an architect and a visiting professor at the Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning in Washington, DC. In 2010 he founded Librii with seed funding from the World Bank Institute. Librii is an environment focused on knowledge creation. More than just the Internet, Librii uniquely packages cutting-edge, locally-tailored, open-access content that drives users to learn, create, and disseminate their knowledge. Set up as a community-based, franchised network, Librii is run by local entrepreneurs and staffed by librarians.
At the Catholic University of America, we were first introduced to the HARVEST HOME by Mr. Dewane. The HARVEST HOME is a project by the Team Capitol DC, a combined team with Catholic University being one of the three members. The home produces solar energy and naturally warmed hot water sustaining the house itself as well as the people who live in it. Ultimately, the house will be a net-zero energy building. It will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon, an award-winning program that chooses the most sustainable and entertaining home out of 20 collegiate teams. The HARVEST HOME taught us that architecture is not only the art of shelter-making, but also has a major role in developing a sustainable society.
Next, we were lectured by Mr. Dewane, what his project, Librii, was about and how he thought up of it. He said that he first thought up of Librii in his car when he was listening to the radio. He was having trouble connecting two of his ideas but when he heard the word library off the radio, the ideas suddenly linked together inside his mind and created a whole new idea of Librii.
The Big ideas
Ideas don’t come out of nowhere. In order to have a “great idea,” we must continue to add “data points” to our mind-maps. If we have enough data points in our mind, they may coincidentally connect and create something you have never thought of before. This is the beginning to social entrepreneurship.
To sum up, we learned that building society is like building a home: to analyze the past, to take action in the present, to make a better future. To make this possible, we must plot bits of information in our minds by reading books and gathering information. Only after then will we be able to come up with great ideas.