Undefined

Hey friends,

Exciting news.

The Stoa just launched its “Sensemaker in Residence” series. These are short-term (one month) sensemaking series. The first three have been lined up:

  • Networked Tribalism w/ John Robb. August 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st. 10:00 AM ET. RSVP here.

  • Metapsychology w/ Zak Stein. September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. 10:00 AM ET. RSVP here.

  • Naturalising Sense-making w/ Dave Snowden. September 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th. 2:00 PM ET. RSVP here.

Tomorrow’s events:

  • Social Design Club w/ Freyja and Joe Edelman. Every Wednesday @ 1:30 PM ET. RSVP here. Join the club here. 90 mins.

  • Relational Exegesis w/ Freyja. Every Wednesday @ 4:30 PM ET. RSVP here.** 90 mins.

  • Decolonial Futures w/ Maria Clara Parente and Camilla Cardoso. August 5th @ 6:00 PM ET. RSVP here

Note: All event descriptions can be found in the RSVP link.

Many more events can be found on the website. Join us!

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August 4, 2020

I was inviting people to visit The Stoa the other day and I do not know how to define this thing. Is it a …

Online event space

Digital campfire

Communal podcast

Wisdom gym 

Memetic mediation hub

Psychotechnology incubator

This space is extra hard to describe to normies. When I was privately journaling about what The Stoa is this came up: a space for daemonic inspired philosophical experiments. I guess the next time somebody asks me what I do I’ll just say, “I am a Chief Daemon Officer at this weird thing you would not understand, because I do not understand it.”

I sense it is good not to cleanly define this space. To define it at this point would be to force this project into some current societal “Game A” function that is easily understandable to the masses. Doing so too soon might collapse this thing into some boring ass shit that serves the old world, and not in service for a new one. This would limit what the space currently is, and most importantly, what this space could become. 

It seems prudent for this space to stay undefined, for now, and for me to be comfortable with it being possibly undefinable. A mild anxiety fills me thinking this might be the case. A desire to know rushes in. I sense it is prudent to say fuck you to that desire, and stay in the unknowingness of what is happening, and what will happen. 

Thinking of what this is puts limits in my mind, and stifles my creativity. Besides, the daemon is telling me that The Stoa should stay undefined for as long as it can. I sense it is wise for me to listen.

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