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> What do you mean by the "red thread"?
It is a widely shared Chinese Legend that the red thread “connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”
It also has a long history in weaving, where red threads are woven into the cloth in tiny proportions in order to bring out the vibrancy of the other, visually dominant colors.
Filmaking builds off this: the red thread is "the element found in every layer, section and cycle of a project that draws the whole together with unity and harmony."
From a systems perspective, red-threading is a means of deducing concepts, principles, and models that are common to all kinds of systems and the isomorphisms–similarities of form, shape or structure–that exist between and among systems.
As a conceptual stitch, the red thread is a useful metaphor in bringing various parts of human systems—such as communities, corporations, governments, etc.—into design together. At this time in our history, it seems many of these systems and systems-of-systems are dangerously out-of-sync, fragmented and unbalanced. Red threading benefits self- and world-awareness, begs more meaningful questions, and helps find greater fitness and effectiveness in decision making.
December 28, 2006 |
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