Freakonomics podcast – In Praise of Maintenance

Thought-provoking podcast about the valuing of maintenance as well as innovation in our lives, communities and systems.  Reminds me of  when I was working as a postie in Shetland in the early 1980’s.  One of my rounds was Sullom Voe and the Oil Terminal.  I remember someone explaining the two phases of development – one team came and installed the terminal, then another team came and ran the thing – innovation then maintenance.

Maybe a more nuanced sense of how things work is that innovation contains maintenance and maintenance contains innovation. Does this resonate with the thinking embedded in the  post  harmony  considering the tensions in a rope which makes it hold together?

Noting the etymology of maintenance – holding in the hand (Latin) and it’s cousin maintenant (French:now)