Likeminds and multitudes
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I think I’m still coming down after such an amazing weekend at Likeminds Camp. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a weekend of curated speakers, music, workshops, food, and drink. It was an absolute blast catching up with friends I hadn’t seen since pre-pandy and a few folks I had only met over Zoom.
The theme of the event was Multitudes which is something I think about a lot, especially when posting anything online and my general existentialism. It was incredibly wholesome, and I haven’t laughed that much in what feels like a long ass time. I’ve been processing the content of the talks and while I’ll save you from a full recap, here’s a list of who spoke so you can check them out.
I really loved the frameworks outlined in this talk about committing to a better world, not to one particular way of getting there. One of tech’s biggest problems is a monoculture of thought and this group is humbly rebeling against that.
Tin & Ed
Installations were around the camp by Tin and Ed, Aussie artist duo and IRL legends. The way they presented their process was really thoughtful and interesting, explaining how their inspiration stemmed from deep sea creatures and bioluminescence.
As someone who creatively identifies as more analytical than free-flowing, I loved how Samantha described her art practice and using math to create beautiful artworks based on weaving logic—on and off the loom.
A thought-provoking and very philosophical talk about the multitudes of self and how that relates to artificial intelligence.
Maya was so engaging from the second she starting speaking, and I resonated a lot with her experience as someone quite online. She talked about the performance of social media and how it’s not necessarily a bad thing, just a version of self. It got me thinking a lot about the company I keep and how I act differently around different people—how we all do. We all contain multitudes and some people can really bring out the very best in us.
This talk was a bit of a headscratcher if I’m being completely honest. It was interesting but at the same time felt like a verbal onslaught of hyper-intellectualized text book material.
The biggest takeaway from the event was just how special it is to be in person again. It was so energizing and I’m hoping to share a couple of fun things Lauren and I are cooking up as part of Super Keen soon!
Have a wonderful week,
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