Vortex freeorder : a concept of fundamental importance for explorers
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* freeorder welds together free & order with the intention that they may never again become separated.
* freeorder expresses the idea that orders arising from freedom work best for all intent on using their fullest powers of imagination, reason, and action in pursuit of happiness and in service to people and things they love.
V Two definitions of freeorder
* What’s good for explorers within each of us and among us.
* A balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest, venture, and error correction.
V A balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest.
* The conjecture implied by the second definition is that Hayek’s insights into kinds of order are useful in thought and productive in action and will remain so as the world of liberty evolves.
* The word quest indicates “an aesthetics guided pattern of explorations.” The romantic implications of the word are fundamental. The emergence of freeorder, within each of us and among us depends on a fierce balance of romantic idealism and ruthless rationality.
* The path to the comprehension of freeorder as in internal condition may best be found by emulating, or “indwelling”, as Michael Polanyi would say in Personal Knowledge, master explorers. The knowledge acquired thereby is more tacit than logically encoded, and often is more kinetic than visual or auditory.
* For the social manifestations of freeorder see Human Action, by Ludwig von Mises, and most of the work of F. A. Hayek. and for an interesting applications (although not named) of the concept see Good Profit, by Charles G. Koch, and Team of Teams, by General Stanley McChrystal.
* For interesting applications of the concept (although not named) see Good Profit, by Charles G. Koch, and Team of Teams, by General Stanley McChrystal.
* An essential starting point: Chapter 2, “Cosmos and Taxis,” of Law, Legislation and Liberty, by F. A. Hayek, in which kinds of order are explained.
freeorder is a simple word useful precisely because the emergence it names and enables is complex, comprising usually invisible interactions between things that seem today to have nothing in common, but that in the future will be understood to have shared common elements of great potency.
freeorder may come to convey the hope and assurance brought by the word spring spoken in midst of hard winter. Perhaps it summons hints of the generative power of sun, earth, and rain within each of us.
Each integrating forge (a kind of freeorder generator) is born out of an informal matrix of learner-investors brought together into a network by curator-weavers inspired to do the work of designing for the catalyzed emergence of a world fit for everyone intent on giving their best to the world, while serving and being served in return. In the case of this forge, Explorers Foundation, that network is The Freeorder Network. -01Jul17

Charles Morgan, English novelist, critic, playwright, essayist, at the end of his essay, “Serenity”:
“Now let us consider other great words that are sick. ‘Order’, for example. Why has it become dissociated from ‘Liberty’? Or ‘Beauty’. By the conspiracy of what guttersnipes has it been drawn into contempt?”

"Serenity"  ••• an essay by Charles Morgan, in his The Writer and his World: Lectures and Essays (London: Macmillan, 1960)
* Explorer: anyone who aspires to make fullest and best use of all available information in order to accomplish something personally meaningful, and who perseveres through guess, trial, error, and new guess, to manifest this aspiration, undaunted by difficulties and failures. See the work of Karl R. Popper.
> freeorder does not mean spontaneous order: if it did there would be no need for the word.
> A Diagram of Kinds of Order: freeorder: the missing piece in the confusion between natural and human made orders
> Definitions and uses of the word freeorder: 1/16/17
To weavers of freeorder and forge builders
> Object-oriented software design exemplifies principles of freeorder — NeXT, Adele Goldberg
* Glyph 542 on freeorder
V More on freeorder: 1/26/17: Pattern Language
* The Language of Freeorder: A pattern language for the devlopment, sustenance, and evolution of civilization. A book that should be written.
* freeorder should be distinguished from spontaneous order. It is best understood as a network of balances among designed and spontaneous orders that supports quest.
> freeorder should be seen as only one of many possible “composite, or mixed, orders,” most of which are not beneficial to explorers, but inimical. Composite order is explained in “A Diagram of Kinds of Order” above.
The relationship between the words freeorder, Freeorder, Openworld, and Open Network.
* The reason for this elaboration of words is explained this way: things not named tend to non-existence. Clear symbols on our banners will reduce confusion and support an unfaltering advance.
* The word freeorder is an attempt to bind the final desired result (lives lived in expectation of flow) to recognition of its source — individuals, each employing their full creativity and rationality, exchanging freely with one another, giving rise to an extended order that makes it conceivable, even reasonable, for individuals, taken at random, to harbor ideas of personal quest and pursue them in action. This is an historical virtue, partically emergent through accident, and sometimes won at great cost, that even at greater cost must be preserved and made universal.
* Limits adopted in pursuit of freeorder create open space without needless obstruction, and thus support emergence.
* In systems exemplifying freeorder, unpredictable & incomputable factors are encouraged and accommodated, then disciplined by reason and test. See the work of Karl R. Popper, especially Conjectures and Refutations, and also, Brian Magee’s account of Popper’s ideas, in Philosophy and the Real World.
* freeorder names a principle. Freeorder names the world that results, or would result, from general application of the principle. Openworld names the same world, but indicates its existence without regard for the way it comes to be or how it is sustained. Practically speaking, the words are usually interchangeable without problem. Everyone gets the basic idea.
* “The Story of the Office for Open Network” ••• : between 1975 and 2000, an experimental freeorder generator ran in Denver as a small business.
V We will not catalyze the emergence of a world fit for explorers nor fit ourselves well to live in such a world unless banners fly and songs are sung.
> Experiment: listen Beethoven’s opera Fidelio while reading the libretto, and imagine that Beethoven meant every note. This opera was meant to be an inspiration to fighters for liberty. In the same spirit, the word freeorder, is offered: to speak, write, and sing, to convey at once a sense of destination and the unending adventure of getting there.
* See above: “To forge builders and weavers of freeorder”
> Below this point there is no attempt at organization (as if it would make a difference :-)