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Rick Bell - Better Future SPOTLIGHT

Updated: May 20, 2022

The Better Future SPOTLIGHT podcast series is a series of one on one conversations with executive designers focusing on how a Better Future can be achieved faster through a design lens.

In Episode 02, Rick Bell - Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University NYC - joins Mark to talk about the value of optimism in making social and cultural change possible on the path to a Better Future.


"...and yet you see nothing but evil loose upon the earth. While I, a man of no standing, poor and tormented by an an illness that can not be cured, meditate in my retreat and find all is well, where do these seeming contradictions come from? You've given the explanation yourself, you experience pleasure while I live in hope and hope makes everything beautiful." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Letter to Voltaire following the Lisbon Earthquake Poem (1756)
"One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition." - Alvin Toffler, Future Shock (1970)
"If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be" - Yogi Berra
"The future starts today, not tomorrow." - Pope John Paul II
"I've seen the future, and it works" - Lincoln Steffers
“Life is mostly froth and bubble / Two things stand like stone / Kindness in another's trouble / Courage in your own.” - Adam Lindsay Gordon
“I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
"There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds." - Gilbert K. Chesterton
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