Simon, that all made a LOT of sense, even though I am personally not a fan of taking the metaphors too far. Taking the metaphors too far turns me off, because I won’t allow a metaphor to explain my experience any more than it needs to. But most of the ways you’ve done it here makes loads of sense.
I know some stuff early on (and probably in between) in rhizo14 alienated some people, but I guess for others, the “nonsense” helped create community. As Dave said when we interviewed him, there were many sub-communities/groups within rhizo14, some i am sure i am not even aware of, and every ‘we’ is a ‘not them’ and that’s important to recognize.
I love it when you write longform and try to be clear to share a complex thought 🙂