Please add agenda items for Communitas 24.
If you are interested in a non-traditional course that could be pretty fun and interesting, I just saw this course, The Way of Adventure posted by Blake Boles. I will just copy and paste the front page for you to read:
How do you want to live your life?
The default path is to pursue safety, comfort, and approval.
To obtain a degree, a job, a car, a house, a spouse.
To follow others. To question little. To play nice. To work hard. To not rock the boat. To compromise when necessary. (And it’s often necessary.)
To retire with a big savings account, excellent health benefits, and a sinking sense that you’ve spent your life fulfilling someone else’s dreams.
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There is another way.
A way that prioritizes personal freedom, meaningful work, and never-ending exploration.
This is the way of adventure.
Adventure isn’t always about climbing mountains or traveling the world. At its core, adventure is about intentionally putting yourself into uncomfortable situations that lead to growth.
It’s about designing a life instead of accepting the one you’re handed.
It’s about living in such a way that, whether you die next week or at age 90, you will not regret your choices.
You can still have safety, comfort, and approval with a life of adventure. Same with degrees, jobs, cars, houses, and spouses. But they’re byproducts of a life well-lived—not its ultimate purpose.
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Here’s the rub: you’ve got to start young.
“Young” means sometime between age 13 and 23: when you can think for yourself but adult responsibilities haven’t really piled up.
If you spend your entire youth doing exactly what you’re told—pursuing safety, comfort, and approval—you handicap your ability to build an adventurous life. Jobs, leases, mortgages, and kids only make things harder. Before you know it, you might look back and see how little you’ve actually lived.
This is your golden window. Don’t waste it.
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The Way of Adventure is an advanced leadership course created by me, Blake Boles.
The course is free, self-paced, and designed for anyone with basic English reading, writing, and googling skills. You can participate from anywhere in the world. It’s meant for 13- to 23-year-olds, but people of all ages are welcome to participate.
This isn’t your typical online course—it’s more like a scavenger hunt packed with twelve hands-on, real-world challenges. Completing this course is really, really hard. Most who start don’t finish it. There’s nothing to gain from finishing this course—no certificate, no diploma, nada—except the experience of the challenges themselves.
It’s fine to just browse, poke around, and do some of the challenges. But if you do finish every challenge—which no one has yet done—I’ll invite you to join the private online community of course graduates, where together we will make plans to take over the world.
Are you ready?
Use the form below to sign up for a slot on the next u.talk.
Please add agenda items for Communitas 23 in the comments.
I mentioned this in Meta the other day…
It might be a fun exercise to copy edit or rewrite for clarity a classic piece of phishing junk mail. I copied a few particularly egregious phishing-style mail messages out of my SPAM folder and shared them below. This activity would probably be a good fit for a Copy Editing badge or Editing or Word Choice and Grammar. I imagine it could also be the inspiration for a creative writing piece (Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, Dialogue/Skit, Satire, Short Story). You could use it to explore the Economics of phishing emails, the politics of Nigerian royal families, Online Crime and Identity Theft.
Read to Level 3 in Ready Player One by Monday March 4th.
If you are interested in participating in some conversations about 21st century art, maybe we can start with this article about Andy Warhol 30 years after his death.