Monthly Archives: July 2015

Expedition Stories: Deliberating and de-liberating

POUR ILLUSTRER LE PAPIER : "UNE FRANCAISE A L'ASSAUT DE L'EVEREST" - Photo prise le 8 mai 2009 du second camp du Mont Everest situé à 7.700 mètres d'altitude depuis lequel Martine Marsigny, accompagnatrice en moyenne montagne, se lancera le 20 ou le 21 mai 2009 à l'assaut du troisième camp au sommet de l'Everest, à 8.300 mètres d'altitude. Âgée de 42 ans, Martine Marsigny, épaulée par son époux François, guide de haute-montagne, va tenter de devenir la première Tricolore à atteindre sans oxygène le toit du monde, où elle compte déployer une banderole en soutien à la candidature d'Annecy aux JO 2018.  AFP PHOTO / COR

On a Knowledge Expedition, there is no small amount of philosophizing. There are  ample metaphysical discussions. And there is the operating of logic. We hash around ideas and ideals; we inquire and deliberate. Deliberation is a curious thing. Working things out through successive, iterative consensus-building. The rough consensus we crave. The process also imposes limits […]

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The Sceenius Clicker


Have you ever stood in front of a group and wanted to know how your talk is perceived? Have you ever given a long presentation and wanted to know if your points are coming across? If you are going too fast or too slow? If the group is ready to move on or wants to […]

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Flatlands of Nepal: the Terai

≥≤ Sagarmatha Dispatch-Gazette ≥≤ Dharan, second largest city in eastern Nepal, channel of trade and hub of tourism, sits where the mountains meet the plains, gateway between Mountain and Village. South of Dharan, the Mahabharat foothills flatten out into the lowlands, and become hot, humid alluvial flats. Here is the most fertile agricultural region in […]

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Stable Patterns in a changing social field

It is always easy to make a pattern unstable, but much harder to determine if it is truly stable. – Daniel Richard Durkin* In a dynamic environment, stable patterns will nonetheless emerge, as will for example, hexagonal columns in a pot of boiling water. In the Decay of Turbulence video, when stimulus of turbulence is […]

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Expedition Stories: Making Sense With the Senses


When I participated in Knowledge Expedition 5, it was during a particularly cold snap so I was frequently applying Orange-Ginger skin lotion to combat the raw, cracking skin that was a fitting accompaniment to the climb. At a point in the expedition I observed the lotion’s scent established itself as a potent anchor for being […]

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Sherpa guides of Nepal

sherpa return

≥≤ Sagarmatha Dispatch-Gazette ≥≤ 30,000 years ago a genetic adaptation to high altitude emerged in ancestors of today’s Sherpa people. 1300 years ago the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism emerged as part of Sherpa culture. These two elements, the physical adaptation and the practice of awareness, incubating in the mystical environment of the Himalayas in […]

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What is Enaction?


“Enaction is the idea that organisms create their own experience through their actions.”—Edwin Hutchins When we enter the KE-verse, we enact a scene, we do not act out the scene. There’s a significant difference between enacting and acting. Acting is following a script and taking on a role, a character that is different from your […]

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Virtuereality: climes of imagination

otherside of life

There is a hidden, imagined side of life, a near-subliminal running account of what seems to be — or what might be — perhaps often spent in wandering daydreams. This stream of imagination can be appreciated and enjoyed, and its momentum applied to a process or project.          stream, momentum When two or more people “cross […]

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2019: A Knowledge Expedition


His proximity sensor was emitting a loud noise – beep, beep, beep. He picked up his mobile device and checked into the current story point. Ah – three sherpas and eighteen traveler were up and had gathered at C3 for tea and coffee. Looks like the group was ready for today’s hike up to camp […]

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