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July 31, 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 and order on the field of the narrative we’re enacting. A set of rules and structures imposes a rhythm, so things progress. But it in this sense of the narrative being being limited  – the del-liberation, so to speak – it takes a certain expanded view to be able to do that. But we do it up there on the side of that mountain. We do it.

We’re about the optionality of optionality.