๐Ÿ‘‹ Hi there! Welcome to Philosophical Society of Making!

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โœจ About

Have you ever wished you received an invitation ๐Ÿ’Œ to some cool secret society ? If so, welcome!

But really, what is this all about? The Greek word Poiesis means "to make" and refers to an activity in which a person brings something into being that did not exist before. Inspired by that idea, the Philosophical Society of Making is an experiment in exploring philosophy ๐Ÿค” (you know, the pursuit of knowledge - the meaning of life, if a cheesesteak should have ketchup on it, etc) through making and sharing what we make with each other. Thinking is great, but there's a special kind of exploring, learning, expressing, and knowing that comes from making ๐ŸŽจ as well.

Why is this happening? Why should I participate? In 2020 with so many of our rituals and norms being disrupted and changing, perhaps it's also a good time to consider what type of change we want and what type of change we can have - to consider our own philosophy. And to explore that through a bit of playful making ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ and co-creation ๐Ÿ™ with each other!

How will it work? What's involved? I'm sure the society will evolve, but to start our primary ritual will be a Monthly Make ๐Ÿ“† proposed by the society's members. For each Monthly Make, members will make something that explores the month's topic and then exhibit their creation to participating members. If you don't have time to participate in a given Monthly Make - that's ok. But the Monthly Make's exhibit will only be open to participating members. Initially, the society's members will be invited by Adam and thereafter invited ๐Ÿ’Œ by it's members - inviting other people they think would want to participate. So what do you say? Are you in? You can leave at any time - no explanations, no worries.

๐Ÿ”ง How do Monthly Makes work?

  • Decide if you're interested. If yes, let Adam know. Adam will send you an invitation to the society's Slack community and the Slack channel for the next upcoming Monthly Make!
  • Make. Or don't make - perhaps just ponder the question for a bit. Sit with it. Something with come. Once you're inspired, choose any medium to make something in response to this question. Write a Haiku, paint, make a video, code, take a photograph, speak words, knit, sing, go on a hike, bake - whatever! It doesn't need to be fancy or polished.
  • Post your creation on the Monthly Make's Slack channel by the Gallery Opening date (by the end of the day) in whatever format you choose. You can post an image, a video, text, etc - whatever makes sense and whatever you can imagine. You can also explain your creation or let it explain itself. It doesn't need to be fancy or polished.
  • Anytime after the gallery opens, feel free to browse other creations, react, and discuss if you feel called to do so. Or just observe - up to you. I can't wait to see what happens! The gallery will hang around for a while (at least until we run out of free Slack messages).
  • ๐Ÿ“† Monthly Makes

    Make 1 (Nov 2020): What is the relationship between you and time? โฐ

    Gallery Opening Date: November 20, 2020

    Make 2 (Dec 2020): Staying connected with people we care about ๐Ÿ™

    Gallery Opening Date: December 18, 2020

    Make 3 (Jan 2021): TBD โ“

    Gallery Opening Date: January 22, 2021

    Submit ideas in the #make-ideas Slack channel.

    ๐Ÿ’Œ New Members

    The society is current 6 members small. We want to keep the society intimate, but are still looking for a few more members. Do you know someone who might enjoy participating? Members who are participated in at least one Monthly Make are eligible to invite additional members. Contact Adam for details.

    ๐Ÿ“ฃ Feedback, Ideas

    Submit feedback and ideas for the future of the society in the #making-psom Slack channel.