catapult magazine

catapult magazine
(In)Efficiency 2

vol. 11, num. 21 :: 2012.11.23 — 2012.12.06

The Industrial Revolution may have given us a gazillion useful objects, but it also radically re-shaped our expectations about human purpose and the use of time.  When has efficiency improved your life in a meaningful way?  When has inefficiency been the better way?



The human and the holy

Reflecting on cultural definitions of efficiency and inefficiency.


A model of inefficiency

Why the built environment matters in shaping priorities and possibilities.


Stoop sitting

In praise of an architectural feature and the habits it engenders.

Front porch

What a seemingly extraneous feature lends to an under-resourced neighborhood.

Call me old-fashioned

A case for goodness of the handwritten note.

Beautiful inefficiencies

A reflection in words, photos and video about the possibilities of an autumn staple.


In case you missed it the first time

A side of patience

Practicing community development on an eternal timeline.

Fast food fast track

Why going to college shouldn’t be like eating at McDonald’s.

Weaving the web

Tearing down the counter

Steve Kimes writes about a biblical model for feeding the hungry.


High efficiency worship

Will Braun makes a case for environmentally sound church buildings.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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