About the Chaos Map

The Chaos Map is an intuitive meta map I'm developing to understand and learn about humanity. I find it most useful as a "mental surface to think on."

A work in progress

Take a brief excursion through the site, and you'll discover that it's theoretical, non-empirical, and a bit rough around the edges.

I'd place the Chaos Map somewhere in the bottom middle of the Chaos Map: an abstract concept that you can map a lot on (from a couple to entire cultures), but is not quite ordered enough to use for direct, practical applications.

The Chaos Map on the Chaos Map. (How's that for meta?)

I frequently hear feedback about the Chaos Map along the lines of, "This is cool, but I'm not sure what to do with it."

This isn't surprising or disappointing because that's also a question I get fairly often at Pathwright, or anytime I share an idea I'm working out. It's the story of my life; I gravitate to futuristic ideas that are implementable within the order of the world in the near future.

Where I tend to move on the Chaos Map.

As a founder and conceptual designer at Pathwright, my favorite works exists in that same space: architecting our product to meet "humanity wide tool gaps" of teachers and learners everywhere. Internally, I enjoy designing the workflows, principles, and role structures that help us accomplish our mission together in harmony.

If you're interested in learning about how the Chaos Map emerged, see How the Chaos Map Came to Be.

Working in public

Like anyone who enjoys the conceptual middle space of emergent order, it's easy for me to spend an indefinite amount of time developing an idea into a comprehensive "theory of everything." It's easy to leave out fine-tuning ordered-enough aspects to the point that it's a reliable, readily sharable tool that can help (or annoy) more people than those in my immediate circle.

At work, my team helps me stay accountable for moving ideas the whole way across the map to something that creates real-world value. But for a side-project like the Chaos Map, I need you, the critical Internet Traveler, to help me do so.

So that's a long way of saying, "I'd like to hear from you." If you have a suggestion – or especially, a critique – of any aspect of the Chaos Map, please send me an email or book a live conversation.

All the best,
Paul N. Johnson

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