When we were young we used to make paper planes.
There is something magical about the experience of taking a blank sheet of paper and being able to make it take flight with just a few careful, strategic folds.
There is something special about moving from an idea to a prototype within a minute.
The art of paper plane making has been used for generations, not just to prototype big ideas and lofty innovations [without the humble paper plane, there might have been no Wright brothers’ first flight] but also to teach children about engineering, physics, possibility and small miracles.
With one or two simple folds, a child learns that her actions can affect her results and that the way she builds something matters.
It turns out that were have been building prototypes when were young.
We built small cars using wire, used plastic bags to make a soccer ball, a brick for a car, we created stories and played house with just paper and a pan.
And then something happened as we grew up because we stopped building things, we stopped prototyping.
We are older now, we have access to better resources than just paper, plastic or wire. My wish is that we can reignite the culture of building things, that we can move from ideation to prototyping, maybe not in a minute this time, but over a week or month.
Let’s build things that matters.