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Expedition Stories: 4-D Facility

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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

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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

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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

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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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