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The Case Against Cynicism,” Hilton Als RISD 2016 Commencement Address

[We] could hope because we’d seen what it had done for us. We were refugees from the world’s cyn­i­cism because we’d grown up in belief, and knew just as our moth­ers knew, that each act of mak­ing is born out of hope because there, in the rank earth where cyn­i­cism flow­ers, noth­ing grows.

The Conversation #7 — Alexander Rose

If the point of mak­ing a 10,000-year clock is to get peo­ple to think longer term how do you design that expe­ri­ence so that it real­ly does that? And one of the things that we we real­ized is that peo­ple real­ly need to be able to inter­act with it. That they need to be able to make the moment they vis­it it their own. So while the clock does keep time all by itself with the tem­per­a­ture dif­fer­ence from day to night, it doesn’t actu­al­ly update any of the dials, none of the chimes chime, unless someone’s there to wind it.