31 in the wanderer’s alphabet, v is for vulnerable

Antifragility isn’t the same as invulnerability.  In many ways antifragility and vulnerability hold hands. Without vulnerability, life is small.  When we close ourselves to anything bad coming from outside of our lives, we also close ourselves to what is beautiful and breathtaking because these tend to be found around relationships, in those things we create…

32 today is our interdependance day

The next six doodles explore principles found in nature which lead to flourishing.  If something is not flourishing then it is probable that something is missing or getting in the way.  I’ve found myself wondering how these natural, or biotic, principles may well help us to develop something termed “complexapacity,” the human ability to deal with…

33 long multiplication …

“Long Multiplication” is the second of six doodles exploring principles found in nature which lead to flourishing.  If something is not flourishing then it’s likely that something is missing or is inhibiting growth. Plants don’t get bigger and bigger, they produce more plants.  Human beings don’t keep growing bigger and bigger but produce little human…

34 beyond experience: transformation

“Beyond experience” is the third of six doodles exploring principles found in nature which lead to flourishing.  If something is not flourishing then it is likely that something is missing or getting in the way. It was a beautiful day at Yellowcraig Sands on Scotland’s East Lothian coast.  I’d been watching surfers out amongst the…

35 waste not want not

“Waste not want not” is the fourth of six doodles exploring principles found in nature which lead to flourishing.  If something is not flourishing then it is likely that something is missing or getting in the way. Nature doesn’t waste anything.  Even our atoms are recycled in various ways.  Waste is a human invention, a…

36 mutual, i’m sure

“Mutual, I’m Sure” is the fifth of our six doodles exploring principles found in nature which lead to flourishing.  If something isn’t flourishing then it is likely that something is missing or getting in the way. The earth’s ecoculture is made up of innumerable series of overlapping symbiotic relationships The line from the doodle is…

37 flourish!

“FLOURISH!” is the last of our six doodles exploring principles found in nature which lead to flourishing.  If something is not flourishing then it is likely that something is missing or getting in the way. This is about functionality: living things are meant to produce, to be fruitful.  Fruitfulness ensures that a species is not…

38 to infinity and beyond

Buzz Lightyear encourages us to explore “infinity and beyond.”  We are increasingly living in times when this is possible. “To Infinity and Beyond” introduces us to what lies beyond much of what we have been imagining and exploring so far.  We explore these things because of what James Carse makes visible in his book Finite…

39 beyond community

This is about more than community. Margaret Mead famously wrote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” It is what happens when people who must find one another.  It was what Brian McLaren refers to as a community of knowing,…

40 we are a city of voices

Voxtropolis means “city of voices” – from the Latin vox and Greek tropolis.  It is a creative community I have helped curate and it has three goals: to provide a platform for creativity, to help members to discover their voice (their talents and art), and to support a cause. It is a concept and value as much…