We are exploring what a learning community outside of traditional structures can be. A world where wisdom isn’t marginalized, but where spirited inquiry into life’s meta-questions is actively encouraged. Where communities are given permission to spend time exploring pressing curiosities and are able share their learning and insight back to the wider public.
We’re bringing together fifteen leading young thinkers (entrepreneurs, literary talents, leading artists, DJs and culture hackers) from across art, design, technology and innovation to explore a burning question – one they’ve not had time to fully explore – that touch upon core themes of human agency and wisdom.
Over an 8-week period, 15 participants will deep-dive into one particular question of their choosing. We’ll leverage ancient wisdom traditions and practices from the modern self-directed learning movement to inform the process. Through meditative reflection, interactions with strangers, mash-ups and remixes of personal introspection, their journeys will be shared with a wider public.
Following their learning immersion, the Wisdom Hackers will share a sermon, offering reflections and a synthesis of what they’ve learned. Sermons will be aggregated into a short compilation, Hacking Wisdom, for release in November 2014.
Why “hack” wisdom?
In a secular age, our touchstones with ancient wisdom traditions have been cut off. Many traditional learning environments don’t cater to deep immersive exploration.
For individuals looking to explore big questions, there is a lack of accountability and incentive for wisdom acquisition. People lack the time, space, and permission to take on life’s biggest questions.
How can we share transformational experiences in a digital age?
Most of us are exhausted by transactional platforms, where knowledge sharing and self-expression is reduced to a tweet, a ‘like’ or a ‘+.’ Wisdom Hackers will explore and develop new tools for wisdom acquisition and dissemination that cut across digital and analogue space. The community will prototype ways of sharing that transcend the myopic communication of social media sound bites.
And then what happens?
Following our initial prototype, we'll be exploring how Wisdom Hackers can hit the road and pop-up at events, schools, and organizations. Stay tuned and don't hesitate to contact us if you want to import the Wisdom Hackers experience to your community.