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Ahoy friends. This museletter comes to you a little late, as I found myself effectively ‘nerdsniped’—or rather, philosophysniped (? – doesn’t quite have the same euphony)—by an intriguing set of questions nestled within a 1,209 word comment to my previous museletter on subversive leadership. Such questions are a honeypot trap to this wizard; I can’t resist.

And so what was meant to be a 5-10 minute video response turned into a full 59 minute soliloquy, replete with an abundance of links and references. I’m actually a little embarrassed as to the depth of my response—it’s all rather personal and somewhat haphazard and pell-mell. But at the same time: it was immensely fun to partake in such a solipsistic indulgence of one’s own bricolage.

If you have ever wondered as to the inner workings of the mercurial mind that is the foxwizard’s—this post ought provide some elucidation and plenty of befuddlement. I’ve called the post “The Labyrinths of Reason: finding your way to—and through—The Abyss.”

A glimpse into the opening levels of “The Labyrinths of Reason”, conjured with midjourney

Meanwhile: hello and welcome to new subscribers! I met many of you at the Institute of Directors Leadership Conference a week or so ago. What an event!

Event organisers, take heed. Here we witnessed an example of what courage looks like in the event space. This wasn’t your usual roster of predictable pundits—rather, it was an example of subversive leadership in motion.

In addition to the meaningful integration of topics pertaining to climate change in an incredibly practical and considered way (thanks Chapter Zero)—the event did not shy away from vital topics that ought be on the minds of directors and leaders. Topics like disinformation—a notion that all other enterprise event contexts (in my experience) effectively either don’t see or choose to ignore because of the ensuing discomfort.

It was arresting even for a wizard like me. I’ve long been acquainted with The Corruption eating its way through our noösphere—I just hadn’t realised it had reached the mythical realm of Aotearoa. Research Fellow Sanjana Hattotuwa of The Disinformation Project had me really consider just how precarious our situation is. In my last museletter (before I attended the event) I mentioned the media concentration in Australia (only Egypt and China have a greater concentration)—but I had not also factored in the very real potential of other influences that lead to polarisation—and I dare not even write of them now, lest I come off half-cocked and evoke Moloch.

Anyways, hat tips to KP and the team. All of this points to the need for greater civic discourse, company director leadership, and environments wherein we can come together—in good faith and cheer—to converse and make sense of the world we find ourselves in.

Speaking of:—

The Rekindling
The glimmering, as conjured with midjourney

The Rekindling is back!

And our (very accessible) tickets are already selling fast.

The Rekindling is a series of warm gatherings for the curious, courageous and kind. Together we foray heartily into the uncharted and emergent—so as to obtain the freshest and most dubious fruits of ‘wisdom’ (for our combined edification and delight).

This is a gathering of bright-minded and warm-hearted folk keen to explore that which is emerging, with a bias towards wholesome and regenerative futures. Hosted in partnership with Kearney Group, each gathering begins with thoughtful provocations, and concludes with a shared sense of speakeasy ‘scenius’ at a local brewery.

Our next event is 530–715pm* on May 24th 2023 in Melbourne. We’re calling it “Constellatory Propagation”—an evening in which we explore, compare and conduce “what lies within our quiver of options”.

* Followed by another couple of hours of fellowship together at the local brewery, wherein we cultivate scenius.

Come join! I would love to see you. Details and tickets available at foxwizard.com/rekindling


Speaking of wholesome and regenerative futures, a couple of days ago there was a special session within the ‘summer of protocols’ research group that had Cory Levinson (a chap who works with Regen Network) provide an apt topology of Regenerative Finance and web3 as it currently stands. If you have been seeking a rather grounded perspective, this could be it.

Also, Gregory Landua—the ceo of Regen Network Development and the author of Regenerative Enterprise: Optimizing for Multi-capital Abundance—is quite an inspiring mind in this space. He has a podcast, and I have enjoyed listening to him constructively spar with other perspectives (like in this episode of ‘doomer optimism’; which gets particularly apt from about 38 minutes in). I also generally appreciate the notion of ‘regenpunk’ (as a kind of more bottom-up distributed/localised aspect of solarpunk).

Of course, none of this ought detract from decarbonisation, which remains the key driver. This remains a mostly political issue to surmount; we have the capability—just not yet the coordination. Alongside this, the unfurling conversation in global coordination technologies to verify and codify the myriad qualities that nature-based preservation and regeneration brings is worth paying attention to.


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Glimmers

I’ve been a fan of William Mapan’s work since I first discovered generative art. Here is the one piece I have the joy of ‘owning’ (to refer to the social consensus-construct)—Dragons #342.

Dragons #342

Most of Mapan’s pieces are out of my price range now, but there’s a textual acuity and a kind of intricate organic ‘feel’ to these works (all entirely generated with code). Take Anticyclone #522, for example:

Anticyclone 522

I was going to write more for you—but this thread provides a comprehensive overview. The world of generative art remains as captivating as ever! Next week ‘Quadrature’ by Darien Brito will be released with gmStudio. Never a dull moment.


And that’s all from me this time. My next museletter will turn a little more ‘practical’, as it were. Well, that’s the intent anyhoo. We’ll see.

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