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‘Wisdom Hackers’ a dinner and a discourse around ancient questions in modern contexts

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Join us for an evening of food and discussion in Agora. We are happy to host this exciting project and exchange thoughts with you on different deep questions.

For this first meet up we will host Anna Stothard who will dive into her question;

How can we heal our relationship with physical objects in a culture enthralled to disposable possessions and the digital world?
And Alexa Clay, who will discuss the following topic:

The exploration of alter egos – and how we overcome ideas of the commodified self.
The food will be prepared by Agora chef in residency Caique Tizzi.

More about the Wisdom Hackers:

Founded in the summer of 2014, Wisdom Hackers brings together fresh voices from art, activism, technology,

and design to ask “ancient questions in modern contexts.” Over the course of eight weeks, participants (affectionately called “Seekers”) each explored a deep question and produced meditations on these questions in the form of dispatches. Questions related to the future of democracy, technology consumption, the inherent wisdom of children, the evolution of consciousness, and the nature of Enlightenment in the world today.

The community of “Seekers” includes British novelist Anna Stothard, actress and poet Grace Dunham, Occupy journalist Nathan Schneider, hacker and activist Bre! Sco!, and artist and TED Fellow Rachel Sussman. For a complete list of Seekers see: www.wisdomhackers.com/seekers

The philosophical dispatches will be published through a new digital literary start-up called The Pigeonhole, starting on October 6th. The Pigeonhole harnesses 21st-century technology to bring back the serialised book, a format made famous by Dickens, Dumas and Dostoevsky. Through the Pigeonhole bespoke app and trans-media platform, Wisdom Hackers will publish their dispatches direct to readers.

“Our aim in partnering with the Pigeonhole is to create new markets for self-expression outside of traditional publishing,” says Wisdom Hackers Founder Alexa Clay. “Our very real challenge is to understand how philosophy and wisdom can be adapted for our digital age. We want to create a learning community of the future where spirited inquiry into life’s burning questions are actively encouraged and shared with a wider public.”

Wisdom Hackers participant and journalist, Nathan Schneider offered his own observations on the experience,

“It’s such a relief to be able to have an excuse to put the quest for wisdom at the center of one’s work for a spell. Even if we wouldn’t say it out loud, it’s that quest that secretly motivates so many of us. Wisdom Hackers has been a much-needed coming-out party for clandestine mystics, dreamers, wanderers, and guerrillas in a world that ordinarily prefers not to make a place for them for us.”

Date: October 16, 2014