Meaning and Value
what is the use of meaning?
In the ongoing exploration of the space between efficiency and effectiveness, I would like to use the idea of meaning. When we solutionize (efficiently), we look for how things work; we sequence utility for the desired outcome, heavily reliant on cause and effect (for our use or as a commodity). When we strategize, especially in an unknown domain, we might need to mix disciplines that do not allow for continuous sequencing. The connective through-line is an agnostic set of meta-ideas, moving from how it works to what it means. It loosens the cause and effect correlation (sellability) but allows us to be effective in otherwise non-accessible terrain (complex, unknown).
Moving from how something works to what it means seems to be a good idea when shifting our weight from efficiency to effectiveness.