Discovering Wisdom: Entangling Power & Status

Peter Limberg joined to host the September Design with Dialogue with a conversation and workshop on Wisdom, Status, and Power Literacy. Peter writes about the meaning of contemporary and postmodern culture in a range of punchy pieces on his Substack Less Foolish, and in previous work on Medium and Youtube (now also Less Foolish). As the curator of DwD, I find it a synchronistic and culturally meaningful trend with Peter’s Stoa community, the DwD community of practice at OCAD U, and several other dialogue spaces have emerged over the last decade. While The Stoa is and was primarily an online and “placeless” space, DwD aims to be place-present and convivial, with as much openness as tolerable among the variety of thoughtful participants.

The session prompted responses to videos, including one showing the impact of status on power and credibility perception (the homeless man in a power suit). The process of finding wisdom, and its relevance to the social forces of power-seeking and status. Peter will facilitate exercises to yield insights into our social construction of power and status meanings. We discussed the drive toward wisdom-seeking instead, and assess how we are programmed in our society to seek status and power as personal goods. This session will explore the nature of status and reveal the relationship to personal power and authenticity.

Peter writes that there are many ways to pursue power, and that our lack of understanding of power has many seeking status instead, as a cheap and accessible substitute. He has written or hosted Stoa sessions on these ideas, as a kind of conceptual agenda developed over years. For the DwD workshop we suggested several recent posts:

Status or Power or Wisdom or …
A Less Power Literacy
Wise as Serpents 

Igor Grossman’s presentation at The Stoa called Demystifying Wisdom is a good 101 on the topic.
Also at the Stoa Robin Hanson (Elephant and the Brain) asks Keith Johnston a question

About the Host

Peter Limberg stewards an in-person and online “community” you may know called The Stoa. Residing in Toronto, Canada, he currently writes for the Less Foolish Substack and is an occasional philosophical guide. With the Stoa Peter has hosted conversations with (literally) dozens of leading philosophers and thinkers, and is hosting a DwD for the first time in September.