Barefoot Book Clubs, AKA, Conflict Clubs

On my mind

Some things on my mind right now include:

Likewise, I have a lot of questions on my mind. For example:

  • What is the value of a question? For that matter, what is the value of forgiveness, or love? Or the value of a perspective gained or lost? How does all of this relate to memory, language, truthfulness, sharing, imagination, & healing?
  • What is the relationship between the commons & black swan events with expensive externalities? How can we think about these relationships moving forward? Who needs to have a voice in these conversations and how do we help them be represented?

I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t expect anyone else does either.

That being said, I do think think that it is time for us to have a number of critical conversations about data; the future of growth; the future of society; and the future of our relationships.

I am also somewhat optimistic that combining notions of Alcoholics Anonymous with notions of small business development could prove extremely valuable.

I am not convinced that “admitting powerlessness over an addiction” is an acceptable hurdle to victims of abuse, but otherwise AA seems like an interesting platform from which to build small businesses and entrepreneurs to run them. Perhaps there is a way to develop “Anxiety Anonymous Small Business Development” programs?

Barefoot Book Clubs AKA, Conflict Clubs

Barefoot Book Club

In Mid-May I intend to start two Barefoot Book Clubs, specifically

Club Economics: Range, Starfish and the Spider, The New Localism, The Organized Mind

Club Economics

Club Hippie Zen Shit: Bursts, Other Minds, A Coney Island of the Mind, and The Wisdom of Insecurity

Club Hippie Shit

I am still sorting out a few mechanics of the book club but will share details shortly. It’s a bit complex but the syllabus for the extracurricular activities will include SQL, search engines, tap dancing, blues music, generative AI, and chaos maps.

Depending on how things go, we might keep going and build an open source database that dances and forgets things if it doesn’t like you. We’ll have to see if there is any interest, but it goes without saying that such a device would have to be named after Salvador Dali’s Persistence of Memory. Credit where credit is due.

Please stay tuned. In the meantime, if you’d like to join my Barefoot Book Club or start one of your own, hit me up on LinkedIn and let’s chat about it!

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