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Making something outa nothing


I tweeted a quote I saw earlier today from Theodore Levitt the American economist. He said, "Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing them."

It made me think of Outa Lappies, the ingenious artist who lived outside Prince Albert for many years before dying in July 2011. I remember Outa (his real name Jan Schoeman) telling me that he liked to make something outa nothing. His art would consist of unusual and original creations made from pieces of glass and tins that he collected from peoples waste. What most people regarded as having no value, he would create into something of value. You can read more about Outa in the Karoo Places article .

Then this story of the Landfill Harmonic came across my desk and I was touched by the resourcefulness of the children living on a landfill in Paraguay who make music using instruments built from the trash.

Perhaps facing less choice makes it easier to walk out the door and innovative.

Outa Lappies from near Prince Albert

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