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About Simplified Building Concepts

It is our belief that the best things in life are simple. This statement is of course a bit of a paradox. If we really want you to understand what we mean, instead of pretending we have communicated and reached an understanding by bandying about with bumper stickers, we will have to spend a few more words talking about what we mean by "simple".

Keeping things simple is not the same thing as being simplistic. Sometimes "simplifying" things that are really complex, makes for more confusion and a worse state than simply being ignorant. Simple does not mean easy. Simplicity is rarely achieved without the exertion of great effort and time. Master builders make things look simple (and to them, they are simple) only after great pains have been spent, making mistakes, trying again, learning.

In simplifying, we are not hoping to spare people the process of learning, but rather to break down the walls that keep experts and non-experts from communicating. The perception of inability comes from those who "know how and do," for whatever reason, not communicating with those who "do not know how but want to". Many experts have stopped learning from other experts and have continued to learn through answering the questions of those who lack expertise.

In simplifying, we are hoping to provoke creativity in problem solving in activities associated with building things. We hope to do this by providing simple building blocks and solutions that do not require ongoing expert oversight in order to create with or implement. We hope to do this by connecting those who "have not yet but want to", with those who "have and can". It is in the meeting of these two groups that we hope to see new ideas birthed and deployed in a way that brings satisfaction and reward to those involved in the simplification.

Keeping things simple requires the admission that there are no experts who exist in a vacuum. We are not building experts, but we do possess a certain amount of expertise in facilitating (can we say simplifying) problem solving. We have chosen the art/science/process of building because it affords a coherent opportunity to bring together the work of the mind and the work of the hands. We believe reality is not found in divorcing thinking from doing, but in bringing them together - what better place than in building things.

Personally, we have been amazed by the wisdom of those who work, and fix, and build with their hands, and shocked to find out how "unlearned" they are in modern terms. The shock has been a delight. We look forward to more of these experiences as we contribute our piece to the puzzle.