Economic Multipliers (113)

Do you know what these are?

They help CREATE wealth in systems.

Shoestrings are an economic multiplier.


Has anyone noticed? Shoestrings seem to be getting weaker.

That shoestrings could get weaker is not particularly significant in and of itself: Many shoes today will deteriorate well before the shoestrings do.

Most shoes today are not manufactured to be resoled. Most shoes today are not manufactured more durably to account for the added weight that is placed upon them by, on average, taller and heavier generations. And, many shoes today take advantage of Velcro straps: Shoestrings don’t even enter the picture.

I expect that many people throw out old shoestrings when they throw out old shoes.

New and old ones can be used to tie down tarps, to lash things together when it’s convenient or needed, and to temporarily connect, hold or hang things. You’ll even find one used in a design for starting a fire in an emergency.

Call me old fashioned but I like strong shoestrings. When something that keeps people on their feet and moving and yet seems rather insignificant gets weaker, it’s almost like the whole world has gotten just a bit weaker.