Examining situations from a perspective embedded in the characteristics of wabi-sabi and trying to integrate those aspects into an organization or project would be a key step toward creating a more resilient and lasting project. For this post, I'll provide a list adapted from Leonard Koren's book Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers and from Richard Powell's Wabi-Sabi Simple. The list is one which contrasts wabi-sabi approaches from modern or technological approaches. It is lengthy, so I will conclude the post with this and elaborate further on the contrasts and the potential of wabi-sabi approaches in future posts.
As design, design thinking and systems thinking become more prominent in business, it may become more beneficial to apply the wabi-sabi perspectives to organizations and problem solving. I will touch on the tame-wicked paring in a future post to greater extent, but this pair applies to the concept of wicked problems, which are problems that defy efforts to address them with modernist approaches and require more intuitive approaches in order for them to accept the magnitude of the challenge and realize the value of a more careful, deliberate and artisanal approach to problem solving.