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The hedgehog and the fox – focus or purpose?

Seth quoted Michael Brooke’s manifesto, which at first reminded me of Isaiah Berlin’s well-known elaboration on a theme from a fragment attributed to the Greek poet Archilochus, “The Hedgehog and the Fox.”

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”

See: Wikipedia

Brooke’s stated, “I am not publishing a magazine – I am helping to document and foster change within skateboarding . . . ” For the full version, go to The ball bearing and the beach ball.

It seems clear to me this is in fact a manifesto.  It is a public announcement of purpose and intent. The avid readers of the magazine will take it as a commitment, and they will be very unhappy if the implied promise is reneged upon.

It is not a statement of focus.  I suspect that  Michael Brooke is very focused on publishing a magazine, or ought to be.  But, his focus on magazine publishing is informed and directed by his purpose.


Written by Tom Fox

09/27/2007 at 8:53 am

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