expedition story

The trick is to leap: enacting change

Klein Acosta

Walking a grid on the endless surface of a Klein bottle, an expedition team emerging from the inside (as from the top opening in the diagram), would gradually begin to see the outside of the bottle, realizing with each step, a new horizon of what had been otherness, until the edgeland is traversed and the […]

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Mysteries of the Ç®¥§†åÏ Çå√∑


Oenfi, who had waited in the cave for 3 billion turns around the Sun, since before Sagarmatha (Chomolungma, Mt Everest), before Gondwana, before Pangaea, Pannotia, Rodinia, and other great landmasses — who had since the time of Ur, waited — Oenfi.. waited. It was necessary to wait because that is how long it takes to […]

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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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