There’s No Committee for That

I read this How to Lead a Creative Life article over at Fast.Co, after pointed out by John Maeda’s post. Here’s a quote – also my favorite from the bunch – from Joichi Ito, director of MIT Media Lab:

The Japanese government once asked me to be on a committee about taxes and information technology. The first thing I said was, ‘Let’s figure out a way to use resources more efficiently to lower taxes.’ And they said, ‘No, no, no—this committee is about using computers to collect more tax.’ So I asked, ‘How do we reduce costs?’ And they said, ‘Oh, there’s no committee for that.’ [Laughs] That’s the problem with large organizations. They create roles and constraints, and sometimes people forget why they’re there.

Read the article it’s a good read. There’s one from David Karp of Tumblr.