What we're about
Our Mission: to create the kind of community that can survive the pressures of the modern world. This is a community that is constantly engaged with the local and global environment, that sustains each member with a sense of belonging and purpose, and that celebrates knowledge, learning, and debate.
To build this kind of community we need people of all stripes. People who are passionate about social justice and positive change. Who are excited about the possibilities of scientific knowledge to make life better. Who believe in sharing and connection and being part of something bigger than themselves.
This experiment is open-ended: we don't know what we are yet. But it begins with getting together and sharing our hopes, our fears, and our visions for the future.
What We’re About: Effloresce! is a social experiment and activist group aimed at changing the world through deep connection.
We believe that humans need a sense of belonging and purpose to feel fully alive. Mass media and consumer culture numb us to our need for one another. That numbness is stripped away in times of crisis, which is why communities hold together most strongly when they are protecting themselves from some kind of danger.
When society at large is not in immediate threat, a community that wants to survive must pick a danger for itself. In our case, the dangers are these: ignorance, short-sightedness, small-mindedness, and greed. We humans are born into a world in need of saving. We must save it from human vices.
In our universe is an efflorescence of form. Inert matter invented life. Life invented communities, and communities intelligence. Now our intelligence propels us toward an uncertain future.
Our community is aimed at promoting efflorescence, defined as the exploration of the possible and the innovation of new ways of being. Our goal is to build the kind of community that will allow humanity to not merely survive, but thrive in the 21st century.
More Information: This group acts with a certain philosophy in mind, called evergent philosophy. I (Mattias) have tried and failed a few times to articulate this philosophy in print. Parts of my most recent failure can be read below.
What philosophy is: Introduction to Philosophy (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s_s9aRcZ1GNSK78LEY3VQWek8BK3Kb6YWQbivqyTTlk/edit?usp=sharing)
The bones of the argument: Evergence (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e7tGO4pCPlozOsFqjAXr7DFxUqWVixlLYbwVoujM3L4/edit?usp=sharing)
What it's good for: Consequences of Evergence (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_N8YQKSXEQciq8ew_H_W01LCYhrDUmE7dp4hS0dqK50/edit?usp=sharing)