We need to step out of the infrastructure as it is. Our routines, ways of thinking, patterns, are killing us and the planet. We need to break out of the status quo, quickly.

In recent days I've had some catalyzing convos and now have yet another way to accelerate this process.
When I saw the image above yesterday I almost began to cry. All of us have endured many years of community deprivation, loneliness, and last year was the most intense yet. We all want to crawl out of our screens and toward one another. But where to even start?
I think the answer might be in the model of psychedelics research, which has been showing promising signs of helping with many of the disorders of our lonely society: anxiety, depression, PTSD.
The way many researchers think this works is that drugs can disrupt mental patterns. The graph on the left shows our normal neural connections, a few set nodes talk to themselves. On the right, thousands of diverse connections between parts of the brain that almost never talk.
I've often thought an annual dose of LSD could be helpful to shake up normal ways of thinking. You go from your normal thought-loops "gotta get to work, I'm running late, my to do list is crushing" to "I can take a moment with my kids, don't the clouds look nice today?" etc.
But it also feels like not enough. The daily life we return to after a journey in our heads brings us back to the infrastructure that gives us anxiety, depression. So, how do we change that infrastructure itself to be more beautiful, diverse, connected, meaningful?
I've also been advocating for community building through shared projects of creation. That is, creative and meaningful work as the basis for community.

One way to accelerate this process is to have a kind of macrodose of human connection, via a retreat where people are asked to focus on a specific project together. The new setting, the new people, the project, all allow connections you could never make via your set routines.
In this scenario the human connection is the drug forcing diverse neural pathways and neurogenesis. But instead of it being this thing that happened in your head, it's something that happened in the world and the result of the experience is relationships!
After the macrodose/retreat/neurogenesis people all go back to their lives, BUT you have a built in microdose that reminds you of the experience and the creativity you had there, and that is continued connection in relationships.
One way to think about this model is a film set. A bunch of people who want to make something come together for a time. They connect and create. It's not all perfect, but the director and actors and relationships all kind of make a culture. Then it's over and they disband.
And with these kinds of creative acts, you don't really know what's going to happen until you do them. Just like a drug trip. The only way to the other side is through.

So I am scheming now about how I will make this happen for myself and my own projects and people.
And, yes, working out the logistics is going to be hard. Welcome to the world of constraint that sets parameters for all creativity. We are in a world where we have to navigate risk and challenges and push through anyways. There is no other choice but to push through!
But if you do push through, and do something weird that shakes up your life, the potential positives are absolutely unbelievable.

What if that project and culture is the substrate for the next little world in which you live the rest of your life?
I keep thinking of a model like cafes in 1890s Vienna. You have these artists and they get together drinking coffee and arguing and sharing their work and it's the time they spent together that made their work better than it would have been if they wrote alone.
And @myceliummage told me this story about Bell Labs. In his retelling there was some study done to figure out what did all the Nobel winners from Bell have in common? They all had lunch with the one guy who connected and accelerated their ideas.
There are tons of historical models for such activities, but now we have even more ability to find each other to collaborate asynchronously. But the vision here is necessarily *some* in-person experiences as the missing accelerant.
I invite you to start scheming and collaborating on potential projects and experiences, thereby building community. I know it's scary to step out of the zoom screen, but if you don't step out how will you ever know what's on the other side?
Any and all of the above. Build community near and far. For projects, festivals, art, apprenticeships, fairs, retreats

We can't go back but we can model from the past. Now is the time to set tradition

This is going to happen even if it's just a few of us stumbling around in the newness of it for a long weekend

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25 Apr
Look. I read this book like 15 years ago called the modern mind and it talked about how cool smart people only catapulted into the stratosphere by their relationships to other geniuses.
I do *not* see myself as a genius. I see myself as a curator. Someone who sees the potential in another and finds creative ways to accelerate their creativity.
I feel we are in a cultural moment *ripe* for creative thinking and with structures like twitter and zoom and discord we can connect more easily than ever.
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23 Apr
I strongly disagree with the first part of this sentence and it's something I see often repeated. I want to explain why I (no longer) think this.
The correct political project of today needs diverse ideologies working together. That I think we all can agree on.
Political action as it is currently understood requires ideological adherence and homogeneity. That is, you only get involved in political action with a group you agree with ideologically.
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23 Apr
I had a head exploding moment talking to @myceliummage about my theory of social change.

Communities don't get created out of thin air. They emerge out of the necessary relationship of humans and nature.

If the material world is the soil, the relationships are the plants.
The problem right now is we are trying to yell at plants to grow without tending to the soil. That is, we are shouting "we need community!" without asking how it is made.

It's all backwards. We need to build the soil, the substrate out of which community grows.
Practically this means cultivating the base of all human community: a connection to the material world. If we as individuals take back responsibility for some of our material needs we are forced to rely on others if we will have any success in creation.
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23 Apr
I honestly love Joe's opposition to self-described larping. It is an invitation to confidence. No, you are doing the damn thing.
I used to like the phrase "fake it until you make it" but as a very zen and very smart person (tm) I realize we are all just on a spectrum of competence.
But for real I will be so proud if my house is better than this @RizomaAt

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22 Apr
This is such a good illustration of my theory of change. These activists would have one million times more impact on the climate if they left that cow shit on the farm so it could build soil and literally sequester carbon.
This whole protest feels so cringe. Like why do they have all matching pink wheelbarrows? Where did they get them, from China? Do they think Biden gives a shit about this farce?

These people need to get out and just start field testing the alternatives they advocate for

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