Joe Raimondo

Expedition Stories: 4-D Facility


image: Wikipedia Time, how do we mark time on the mountain? A real mountain trek takes 40 days. If you do it right. A knowledge expedition requires six good days where you can immerse yourself in something else for a while, immerse in a way that you might if you were training for a major […]

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Expedition Stories: Leather and Nylon


On a knowledge expedition, as we climb the mountain, we talk about our gear. We discuss the tools and affordances that enable us to scale these heights. A trip up Sagarmatha requires top gear. Successful ascent requires the most sophisticated gear modern technology can spin out. Super-strong and super-light – adapted from aerospace environments to […]

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Expedition Stories: Thin Air


On an knowledge expedition, we look at what it’s like to put one’s self at risk. The element of risk, the implication of peril, is one factor in unhinging a participant from the patterned obviousness of everyday survival. When the air you’re breathing no longer carries sufficient oxygen to support autonomic functioning, if only in […]

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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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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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