Here I’ll present a way to think about social systems, meaningful interactions, and human values that brings these often-hazy concepts into focus. It’s also, in a sense, an essay on human nature. It’s organized in three sections:
Reflection and Experimentation. How do people decide which values to bring to a situation?
Practice Spaces. Can we look at social systems and see which values they support and which they undermine?
Sharing Wisdom. What are the meaningful conversations that we, as a culture, are starved for?
On this afternoon, dressed in a white T-shirt and khaki shorts, he looks as anonymous as any rich overachiever. Of his brand of T-shirt, he said: ''I don't know what it is. Sears & Roebuck. How could you wear fashion here, and why? And I hate to be stopped: 'Where did you get it?' '' He frowned. ''So if someone asked you where you got your T-shirt, and you say Sears, you close the subject.''