About Us

At 3rd Space, we are dedicated to redefining the way we connect with the world and each other. Rooted in a profound commitment to challenge the status quo, our mission transcends traditional boundaries, focusing on holistic development and integration. We engage with thinkers, creators, and activists who are at the forefront of societal change, crafting a future that respects both human and environmental needs.

About Us

At 3rd Space, we are dedicated to redefining the way we connect with the world and each other. Rooted in a profound commitment to challenge the status quo, our mission transcends traditional boundaries, focusing on holistic development and integration. We engage with thinkers, creators, and activists who are at the forefront of societal change, crafting a future that respects both human and environmental needs.

What We Are

Most of us, at least in the mainstream, find ourselves entangled in a world driven almost exclusively by economics: a world still constructed through binary and atomistic thinking, and defined by values that are divorced from a living connection to life as a whole. Few would question the benefits, or the hazards, that modern science and technology have brought us. Enormous advances in healthcare, technology and global communication have impacted the world in significant ways. Yet, we have also witnessed the dismantling of our liberal and democratic traditions by corporate takeover, and the de-evolution of the media as an impartial source of information for the public at large. Our late-capitalist society dramatically impresses itself upon the experience of being an individual, and the evolutionary potential of our own subjectivity to reach for new horizons. 

Navigating the Anthropocene

The triumph of science has also brought us to the Anthropocene – a world shaped entirely by us and for us. Contrary to the claims of neo-liberalist ideology, unrestrained free open-market capitalism based on the control of resources, has created an unparalleled disparity between the rich and everyone else. We live in extreme times. On one hand the juggernaut of scientific materialism is pushing us ever onward in the name of progress, to what are its inevitable limits. On the other, fissures are appearing everywhere.

Mobilising Movements

Powerful social movements are mobilising in response to climate change, the excessive reach of technology and global corporations, ineffective government, and continuing racial and gender injustice. Voices of dissent and hope, as well as new paradigms of thinking and innovation, are connecting with each other and the world at large across cyberspace. The recognition of a crisis of ‘meaning’ is generating a different order of thinking within postmodernity. This is challenging the exclusive anthropocentric humanism of our time with a different priority of values: those that privilege authenticity and support non-hierarchical and integral ways of living and being.

Fostering Dialogue

At 3rd Space we see ourselves as part of this emergent process, providing spaces to field and nurture authentic counter-narratives, to bring enquiry, dialogue, and engagement to the issues of our time.

Co-founder

Steve Brett

Steve is the co-founder of 3rd Space and Executive Director of Emergence Foundation, a London-based charity supporting diverse, creatively emergent projects in the UK and Europe. Travelling through Asia and later living and working in India for seven years shaped lifelong values, and a passion for human and cultural transformation. A social worker, counsellor and psychotherapist by training, he has lived in and been part of the creation and evolution of several intentional communities including thirty years at EnlightenNext with Andrew Cohen, focussed on the evolution of consciousness and culture, dialogic work and spiritual practice.

He has an MA in South Asian Area Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and has taught eastern philosophy and history, and human and cultural development in the US, UK, Europe and India. He sees himself as part of the movement to transform global culture at this time of climate, ecological and existential crisis, through writing, understanding the impact of colonialism in the global north and south, intercultural dialogue, and participating in civil disobedience movements. 

Photo © Sophie Lindsay for Realisation Festival

Co-founder

Mary Adams

Mary is co-founder of 3rd- Space, Executive Director & Trustee of Emergence Foundation supporting innovative social and environmental projects across the UK and Europe.   

Pursuing deeper answers to the contradictions and existential challenges of modernity, Mary has spent decades exploring consciousness and the core drivers of culture. Graduating in South Asian Philosophy and Language from the Australian National University, she  engaged in both eastern and western, academic and non-academic settings. This included years in India where, under various spiritual teachers ie Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, J. Krishnamurti, & Vimala Tharkar, she explored the foundations of human consciousness through intensive training, dialogue, and solitary retreats, 

Trained in psychotherapy, a founding member of Gaia House International Meditation Centre, Mary has co-founded and taught in centres for human development in the UK, Europe, & USA. Working in the field of collective intelligence, she lived in an intentional community co-pioneering and facilitating inter-subjective dialogue practices, meditation retreats, & educational programs, including women’s development & leadership. The dramatic demise of this  organisation proved a profound learning experience.

Currently based in London, through writing, intercultural dialogue, and non-violent civil disobedience, she works within a global network to transform the paradigm underpinning the metacrisis we face today.

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