Purveyor of unusual learning experiences for a species in need of an upgrade. (Mostly) for grown-ups still secretly craving those heart-racing puzzle-solving adventures we used to read. Stakes are high.
Our time has come!
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PANDEMIC ADAPTATION IN PROGRESS
I don't know about you, but I am a different person that went into lockdown lo these many weeks ago.
The trouble didn't start with this virus. From being a joyfully nerdy connector of people and knowledge, I started social-distancing from my species like we were a lethal plague aaages ago. Disappearing in sabbaticals and sheltering in busyness. Doing strategic foresight research you get high-res specificity and big picture views and almost without exception every industry was sickening from the cancer of hypergrowth metrics eating the very aliveness out of our living planet.
I'm no hippie - I love the ingenuity of human endeavours and teach business and tech. I see exciting opportunities for new or better businesses as a default setting. After awhile however it became blindingly clear, that outside of a few outliers, fairness is the chump's game and if you can exploit badly written rules you win.
Our home planet's protective complexity and wonder gets milled into money that powers progressively hungrier humans. Eventually it's hard to look at any more. Impotence throttles creative action.
Where I had treated my career like an adventure bucketlist full of fascinating people and stuff to learn. I felt stupid for my idealism. But F it. This punkass pandemic is EXACTLY the moment to be idealistic, wildly ambitious and take on adventures writ large and improbable with unlikely friends.
I believe that building a new economic operating system and infrastructure that works elegantly with the living planetary intelligence will mop up unemployment. The machines are a threat - to humans in dull, difficult and dangerous work. We can evolve out of those now. But it means learning new things as a grown up. Investing courageously. Telling more intelligent and imaginatively vivid stories to seed a wildly more wonder-filled, safe future for us - and our fellow earthlings.
We're not alone. We never have been.
Intelligent, characterful, ingenious life-forms totally unlike ours are everywhere around us.
If I don't heed my call to adventure, there may be one creature whose ancestors survived through the aeons by developing a way to camouflage/to run faster/to adapt to life in a scorching desert - whose story is wiped without a record. I'm here to witness and celebrate genius in all its forms. I would love you to join me for expeditions (from home for now) with whatever the heck drives you.
Let's not waste this unsettled moment.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete
- Buckminster Fuller