The good people who help me organize talks and workshops and interviews tell me that a professional-sounding bio is obligatory, so here’s that:
Luke Burgis has co-created and led four companies in wellness, consumer products, and technology. He’s currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Director of Programs at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship where he also teaches business at The Catholic University of America. Luke has helped form and serves on the board of several new K-12 education initiatives and writes and speaks regularly about the education of desire. He studied business at NYU Stern and philosophy and theology at a pontifical university in Rome. He’s Managing Partner of Fourth Wall Ventures, an incubator that he started to build, train, and invest in people and companies that contribute to a healthy human ecology. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Claire, and her crazy cat Clotille.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, who am I, really? Well, I plan to hold a monthly, mid-week Happy Hour for readers on the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm EST, with no agenda other than to enjoy one another’s company. Sign-up for the Anti-Mimetic newsletter and you’ll receive details about how to join.
Desire is the ultimate measure of our work, our relationships—our lives. What do you want?
This image is a riff on the Belgian surrealist René Magritte’s painting “The Son of Man” (1964). The image graced the cover of the French edition of René Girard’s magnum opus, Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, and was partly the inspiration behind Apple’s iconic logo.
Magritte said of the painting: “Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.” This resonates deeply with me. Almost everything simultaneously reveals and conceals something. Getting at the truth of a matter is a constant cammino, a continuous journey through life on which we are always searching, probing, questioning, seeking. This image serves as a constant reminder to me. And I like to imitate the masters, so this is my ode to Magritte.
Magritte’s painting is also said to be a commentary on the anonymous Everyman. I’m not sure this is right. Whether it was or was not the artist’s intention, I like the imagery because my mission is to counteract the anonymity that keeps us from truly knowing one another. We live largely in an anonymous world—in our cities, in data, and behind the screens of our devices—and I believe this anonymity makes anger, violence, and despair all the more real and worse. One of our deepest, thickest desires is to know and be known by others. I promise to try my best to do with you.