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The Explorers Foundation exists to build a world fit for explorers and to learn to fit ourselves to inhabit such a world.
We believe that enterprise devoted to finding, inventing, presenting, and distributing tools for explorers can change the world.
Exploration consists of passionate interest in problems, and truthful, determined, persistent search for solutions. Our Foundation exists to learn from explorers and to make ourselves useful to them.
A characteristic of thriving explorations, and of cultures rich with them, is freeorder, a balance among designed and spontaneous orders that supports the testing of theoretical and practical conjectures, the honest recognition of error, and the rapid emergence of new conjecture.
We call enterprises built around this concept freeorder generators, or forges, a word chosen to summon images of places devoted to making tools.
Forges are enterprises in goods of mind and spirit that are meaningful and useful to explorers.
The future of the world depends on the provision of such goods through varied and open enterprise. By this we gain the benefit of critical thought and continuous reduction of error, and avoid catastrophic reliance on organizations whose continuing dominance benefits from the restriction of thought, expression, and action.
Forges develop and support the emergence of freeorder within individuals, organizations, and cultures, accelerating an upward rising avalanche of mind and spirit.
The Explorers Foundation is a forge, a freeorder generator whose work is to gather into coherent patterns the old and continuing story of the emergence of a freeordered concert of civilizations, and to invite you to share in the adventure of building it and living within it.
Explorers Foundation, Introduction 2.0, 14 January 2007 Leif Smith
January 14, 2007