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Charlotte Therre

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Is it the role of a craftman to be innovative?

A craftman is a person who excel in his field but is never satisfied of it. He is implicated and concerned by every step of his work in aim to do it the best he could. Strong values or stories lead him to executing with passion and respect what his specific task is.

But is that a situation which should be called static? As much as he masters a certain field, shouldn't he be in charge of the evolution of his art too? How far could that be applied to an "innovative state of mind"?

Are you a craftman? Do you see yourself as a craftman? How do you see your responsabilities? Would you call thoses "responsabilities"?...

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    Mar 8 2012: I cannot call myself a craftsman, but I managed to know some in different fields: Teaching, Software Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering (mostly telecommunications), Music, Interior Design and others.

    Every single time, there was something that singled those people out from the pack: First, they would do the same work as anyone, but much faster and without errors.

    The second characteristic is that they would become so proficient in the "traditional" way of doing things that they would become able to introduce new details, procedures and ways of seeing the craft.

    The new forms weren't always better, but usually, through trial and error, impressive novelties would arise, causing awe in those around.

    So, from my point of view, the craftsman responsibilities would be (in an almost chronological fashion): To fully understand what needs to be done. To learn and master how it's done. Tho embrace why it is done in this way. Tho grow a deep conscience of all things that came before. To envision what can be done better. To try the new ways of doing and selecting the best ones and finally to pass this knowledge forward.

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