Explorers Foundation is a <i>forge</i>, a <i>freeorder</i> generator.
What is a vortex? People engaged together to catalyze and sustain the emergence of freeorder through learning, investment, and action. Vortices are the principal drivers of forges, the source of energy and fellowship.
Who makes a vortex? People interested in a particular aspect of the emergence of freeorder, who wish to belong to a group of learners who invest in people and projects that are instructive and effective.
Why do we participate in vortices? We have decided that provoking the emergence of freeorder is interesting work, and we have seen that devloping vortices extends studies and actions already done or underway, things that would continue even if Explorers Foundation and similar forges did not exist. But with forges and vortices we can make additional contribution. The fellowship found in a vortex and among vortices brings joy, hope, and a sense of increased power to learn and to make change.
The idea of freeorder is simple. It does not require a complete exposition of all aspects of liberty, art, science, and learning to make the word useful. The world is rich with scholars and institutions devoted to every necessary aspect of freeorder. What has been missing is a concept to integrate them all - freeorder does that. Each vortex hosted by an integrating forge should have a paragraph that explains how, from the point of view of that forge, the actions discussed and the contents of the vortex contribute to the emergence of freeorder.
All the vortices among all the forges in the world sum, by more than addition, to a worldwide school of freeorder, entirely without central direction. Each forge is a managed enterprise, a design, not a democracy. The result of the work of many ventures in freeorder generation is a spontaneous order that, much like a market, emerges from a complex of discovery processes.
A vortex is not a social network of a kind common on the net today. A vortex is a freeordered conversation and a record of important fragments of that conversation. Each vortex has a manager (weaver, spinner, curator), and at the same time is rich with undesigned and unpredictable spontaneous order. A rule for the design of freeordered systems is to consider abstaining from controlling things that are within our power to control. Applying that restraint to vortices we expect that participants in each vortex will employ a wide variety of tools to manage their own parts of the conversation. Any participant will probably belong to many different social networks online. Occasionally, they may meet directly. The spinners of a vortex track the general direction of the conversation, investment potentials and results.
The essence of a vortex is actual conversation among participants; the result is a faint trace recorded in a vortex. To become engaged in a vortex it is necessary to make contact with at least one of the participants, or with the editor.
Material found in any vortex may be repeated in others. For example, a single book may generate discussion in a number of different vortices. For example, Gary Taubes’ The Case Against Sugar contributes in different ways to vortices Mehuselah, Socrates, Cato, Popper, Erasmus, and Blackstone.