Have you ever met someone who is unreasonable? Not the unconstructive one, but the exceptional variety, described by George Bernard Shaw in his quote:
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."
Let me introduce you. The unreasonable range from the inconspicuous to the revolutionary, yet qualities they each possess signal a meaningful break from collective wisdom. They till ahead in spite of difficulty, breaking up the ground of comfort and status quo. The unreasonable are the innovators; rebels of creativity thriving with a mutiny of ideas. Frequently discarded as disrupters and heretics, their visions courageously meet circumstances head on pushing limits of conventional thought.
My colleague Russell Tripp and I are grateful for the opportunity to hear stories of unreasonable individuals in our community. From a community leader who revitalized a crumbling urban neighborhood through sustainable organic gardening, an owner of an engineering firm who looked beyond sheer economics to support his employees during the downturn, to a creative who against obstacles assembled massive grassroots support for a community project. Our aspiration is to share stories from the front lines of the unreasonable.
Daily we are faced with rules, organizations, concepts, and environments that nudge us into acquiescence. The heart of unreasonableness is putting these influences in perspective so that it does not obstruct creativity and progress. Let’s begin this revolution in our own minds.
Visit Russell’s Pecha Kucha slides for more thoughts on Unreasonableness. http://www.slideshare.net/RussellTripp1/on-being-positively-unreasonable