On Either Side of Memory

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles

by Ken Low Memory is a critically important part of adaptive intelligence. The function of memory is to record and store relevant aspects of experience and observation, providing the material out of which we construct the lessons that guide our actions and further learning. Some lessons come almost automatically, like not touching a hot stove, some require a mentor or … Read More

Innoculating Ourselves Against Ignorance

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles

Innoculating Ourselves Against Ignorance by Natalie Muyres We recently kicked off our ninth Human Venture Leadership Alumni Program. The Alumni Program provides us an opportunity to support each other’s learning, and work harder toinoculate ourselves against ignorance. Like our immune systems need exposure to viruses to create antibodies, our community requires ongoing exposure to a steady diet of significant life … Read More

The Mystery and Mastery of Strategic Thinking

Dana PenriceArticles

There is a show on Netflix called Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits. The reality show takes people from today and puts them through the Special Operatives Executive (SOE) training implemented by the British during WWII. Imagine pulling on your itchy wool socks and heavy felted uniform to master the art of using a hair pin to pick a lock, … Read More

Turning Everydayism on its Head

Dana PenriceArticles

It is 8:30 am when I roll my sleepy self out of bed. Sorry people, I have yet to figure out this whole waking up early part of adulting. I get in my grubby clothes, jump in the car and drive out to our farm just outside of town. Feed the chickens, look for eggs, look out in the field … Read More

Beyond Remembering

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles

by Ken Low Remembrance Day originated as a memorial to members of commonwealth forces who died in the line of duty in the bloodiest conflict to that point in history. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, so November the 11th was chosen as the annual date for the nation to honour … Read More

Resistance and Human Venture Progress

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles

Resistance is in the air of our continental next-door neighbour these days. The U.S. is navigating an unfolding adaptive shock – one with global significance – and resistance is a growing part of the story. As always there is much to be learned by observing how others get into and out of messes. The ’16 presidential election was won by … Read More

Stephane Hessel, The French Resistance, and the Human Venture

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles, Book Reviews

Born in France in 1917, Stephane Hessel experienced a time of great sorrow and great hope for humanity. When Marshal Phillippe Petain rose to power in 1940, many progressive policies were reversed, collusion with Nazi Germany became the norm, and an authoritarian state was created, causing outrage among those who believed in the revolutionary ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity. … Read More

Resistance in Action

Natalie MuyresArticles

Resist, ‘to exert force in opposition’. Latin origins resistere, from re- + sister ‘to take a stand’. At the Human Venture Institute, we are committed to studying the common patterns in human striving, failure and achievement throughout our species’ history and development. This includes the exploration into specific fields of endeavor. Anthropology is one such field. At the recent Society for … Read More