Tools for Uncertainty
By: Por: The Editors, with illustrations by Lorraine Rodríguez
Words have power – they can define, they can hurt, and they can compel action. Words can also have meaning and function beyond their intended use – like using a lighter to open a bottle. In these ways, words are tools. Inspired by Beta-Local’s exploration of the concepts of “common wealth” and “common debt,” we developed a set of “tools” central to the ideas of a commonwealth — common words that unlock, intrigue, and challenge our thinking. By exploring the depth and power of these words, we deepen our understanding about what we all have in common.