Mary Adams

The Reluctant Activist: Exploring the Inner/Outer Divide

In May 2021 contemporary thinker and writer Jonathan Rowson wrote, “To be metamodern is to be caught up in the co-arising of hope and despair, credulity and incredulity, progress and peril, agency and apathy, life and death.” Rowson might have replaced the phrase “to be metamodern” with simply “to be alive in the 21st century”. He goes on to describe that as the

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The Ukraine War: Challenging a Binary Lens

As a person who believes in democracy, it’s disappointing to read from your comments that you are ideologically opposed to western values.  My heart sank a little as I read this somewhat definitive conclusion about my cultural values, posted by a friend on Facebook. She was responding to an observation I had made in reference to the triumphalist tone and

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Ceiba – The Future of Carbonless Shipping

3rd Space: Welcome, Dani. It’s good to see you again. From our brief tour, it’s clear a lot of development has occurred with Ceiba over the past two years, especially given Covid.  Ceiba: Yes. When Covid hit us, it was of course very scary. We are such an employee-based company. We have a lot of people here at the shipyard working

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Racial Justice, Climate Activism, Self-Repair: building a new paradigm with Esther Stanford-Xosei

Planet Repair – Pre-Figuring a New World 3rd Space: Welcome to 3rd Space, Esther. I am going to dive straight in. (Smiles) Given the current systemic and existential crisis we’re facing globally through climate change and ecological breakdown, could you tell us about your work and how it relates to this crisis? Esther: That is a big question. But it’s an excellent

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Why Climate Change is a Social Justice Issue

Another COP is over. Despite the rhetoric to keep global warming to 1.5˚C, national pledges to address the climate crisis put us instead on track for an alarming global warming of about 2.4°C. Each year of delay in reducing global emissions means the task gets more challenging, and more costly for all of us. As the doors closed on COP26

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What is Insulate Britain? The call for radical nonviolent civil disobedience

A Letter to my friends Dearest friends, We have shared many significant moments in our lives. Because of this, I wanted to share now with you another moment, particularly because the media portrayal here in the UK is very skewed, and the tendency for division or wrong ideas based on misinformation, is always there. Like all of you, I am

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Rethinking Conservation – A Holistic Approach in Botswana

3rd Space: Welcome Tempe. You’ve been working in Africa for almost nine years as a conservation scientist, a critical area for the survival of our global ecosystem; but it’s also controversial in various ways. From what you describe, it’s been a learning journey in terms of developing a deeper understanding and sensitivity to the context surrounding conservation; especially as a non-African

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On Choice and Love – an incident above the Bay of Bengal

To me, being able to exercise real choice or freewill was always tied to a sense of being ‘right’ – of knowing. At a certain point in my life I began to value being awake, more than being right. Countless times when we discover a wrong choice,  one made due to misinformation, unconscious motives, or simply ignorance, there is the

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Why are we here? Getting to grips with the QUESTion Project

3rd Space:  Welcome Gerard and Francesca! Could you start by telling us what the QUESTion Project is, what are its aims and vision, and who it serves. Gerard: It’s a semester or year-long education program designed to give students a space to develop their identity, and connect with their agency in the transition from adolescence to adulthood. They explore questions of meaning and

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The Reluctant Activist: Exploring the Inner/Outer Divide

In May 2021 contemporary thinker and writer Jonathan Rowson wrote, “To be metamodern is to be caught up in the co-arising of hope and despair, credulity and incredulity, progress and peril, agency and apathy, life and death.” Rowson might have replaced the phrase “to be metamodern” with simply “to be alive in the 21st century”. He goes on to describe that as the

Read More

The Ukraine War: Challenging a Binary Lens

As a person who believes in democracy, it’s disappointing to read from your comments that you are ideologically opposed to western values.  My heart sank a little as I read this somewhat definitive conclusion about my cultural values, posted by a friend on Facebook. She was responding to an observation I had made in reference to the triumphalist tone and

Read More

Ceiba – The Future of Carbonless Shipping

3rd Space: Welcome, Dani. It’s good to see you again. From our brief tour, it’s clear a lot of development has occurred with Ceiba over the past two years, especially given Covid.  Ceiba: Yes. When Covid hit us, it was of course very scary. We are such an employee-based company. We have a lot of people here at the shipyard working

Read More

Racial Justice, Climate Activism, Self-Repair: building a new paradigm with Esther Stanford-Xosei

Planet Repair – Pre-Figuring a New World 3rd Space: Welcome to 3rd Space, Esther. I am going to dive straight in. (Smiles) Given the current systemic and existential crisis we’re facing globally through climate change and ecological breakdown, could you tell us about your work and how it relates to this crisis? Esther: That is a big question. But it’s an excellent

Read More

Why Climate Change is a Social Justice Issue

Another COP is over. Despite the rhetoric to keep global warming to 1.5˚C, national pledges to address the climate crisis put us instead on track for an alarming global warming of about 2.4°C. Each year of delay in reducing global emissions means the task gets more challenging, and more costly for all of us. As the doors closed on COP26

Read More

What is Insulate Britain? The call for radical nonviolent civil disobedience

A Letter to my friends Dearest friends, We have shared many significant moments in our lives. Because of this, I wanted to share now with you another moment, particularly because the media portrayal here in the UK is very skewed, and the tendency for division or wrong ideas based on misinformation, is always there. Like all of you, I am

Read More

Rethinking Conservation – A Holistic Approach in Botswana

3rd Space: Welcome Tempe. You’ve been working in Africa for almost nine years as a conservation scientist, a critical area for the survival of our global ecosystem; but it’s also controversial in various ways. From what you describe, it’s been a learning journey in terms of developing a deeper understanding and sensitivity to the context surrounding conservation; especially as a non-African

Read More

On Choice and Love – an incident above the Bay of Bengal

To me, being able to exercise real choice or freewill was always tied to a sense of being ‘right’ – of knowing. At a certain point in my life I began to value being awake, more than being right. Countless times when we discover a wrong choice,  one made due to misinformation, unconscious motives, or simply ignorance, there is the

Read More

Why are we here? Getting to grips with the QUESTion Project

3rd Space:  Welcome Gerard and Francesca! Could you start by telling us what the QUESTion Project is, what are its aims and vision, and who it serves. Gerard: It’s a semester or year-long education program designed to give students a space to develop their identity, and connect with their agency in the transition from adolescence to adulthood. They explore questions of meaning and

Read More