Tropical Leaves

It's very unlikely that it'll emerge from our traditional places of power and learning  - government, business, universities. The stakes are too high; outcomes and funding too optimised for clear-line-of-sight utility; and the deathly fear of looking foolish lurks menacingly in wait for those who might flub a daring swing. 

HOW DARE YOU!  Nod knowingly if you've ever felt a twinge of guilt for goofing off and playing rather than doing something edifying with your free time.

Imagine you make a swerve and 

 

Throughout history, evidence points to a startling number of inventions spawned from noodling about with silly side-projects, hobbies, amateur hour. Building things with no financial intent. Chasing a hunch. Or just learning something frivolous. With no UTILITY or efficiency. Just for fun, curiosity, a dare. 

Breakthroughs can be tenaciously won from clear line-of-sight goals. But genius - the surprising, useful and novel - almost always pounces from the periphery while we're doing other stuff.

"The next big thing will start out looking like a toy" - Chris Dixon, A16Z

 

Free time can be used to escape our reality temporarily, or expand our selves. Quick hit or long bet. Play eats perfectionism.

Bonus for alpha types: play is a successful antidote to anxiety. Coupled to learning, it's unparalleled for embedding skills, and stimulating neurogenesis.

 

Chance favours the prepared mind - Louis Pasteur

[Tim Wu piece\. 

REPORT BUGS PLEASE: Live update = MESSY

(Late Aug 2020) Site rebirthing in progress. By all things sensible, I shouldn't even have published yet, but yeah, this is no time to wait till stuff is fully ripened. Forgive. Unfinished and broken stuff abounds.

However - please let me know if there is a bug that is causing an important obstacle to getting what you need. 

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