When most of us think about fungi, we think of those mysterious, sometimes poisonous and potentially magical, mushrooms inhabiting dark, dank places. However, the mushroom is simply the fruit-body of the mycelium, an underground nexus of robot-like fibers that can go on forever. The mushroom contains spores (similar to seeds), which when spread by other species (flies, humans, squirrels), is able to reproduce.
They mycelium grows underground rhizomatically, meaning that is sends out shoots in several different directions. If you’ve ever attempted to dig up a rhizome, you would know that it is virtually impossible, due to not knowing where to start or finish. And if you break a shoot in the process, the fungi is very likely to spring up somewhere else. The mycelium is also able to communicate via a complex underground system full of transmitters.
Metaphorically speaking, A Conscious Party will grow into different projects rhizomatically. With the launch of A Conscious Party, we have planted a spore or a seed: an idea without roots. With the launch of the website, rhizomatic roots or mycelium have begun to colonize. The idea of A Conscious Party aims to build a structure for future projects and ideas. Any new projects should aim to act as semi-autonomous mini-collectives that operate within the larger framework following the precedent already set by A Conscious Party.
The different projects will remain related to A Conscious Party, yet operate autonomously, making their own decisions. This way, if a project fails, or a project is somehow shut down by the power structure, it will be nearly impossible to affect A Conscious Party as a whole, or as an idea. If a project doesn’t work out for whatever reason, another one will sprout up somewhere else. Not only that, but similar to the communication network used by mycelium, we have the internet at our disposal for communication. If executed properly, A Conscious Party, will have a small sense of invincibility.
Broadly and idealistically, our mission is to revolutionize the way we think and communicate. The world is changing and evolving faster than ever, but some things like online communication have remained stagnant. We know that there is a better way, and, even if we don’t know the exact solution or have all of the answers, we fully intend to find them. We will make or find the road by walking.
The website will provide a venue for conscious reflection. Original content will be created and shared by contributors. Everything at ACP should be reflective. Each written ‘reflection’ should promote positive dialogue, and in most cases, pose a question for readers to reflect upon, share, and discuss. Podcasts will be similarly reflective in style.