Steve Brett

Examining the Sensitive Self

In 2004, the psychologist Michael Eigen wrote a book called, “The Sensitive Self”. He examines sensitivity as our essential humanness, and ultimately as constituting the basis of humane ethics. In this short essay, I am taking the liberty of looking at the concept in a different light. That is, as a way of understanding the privilege that was granted to

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Disobedience and the State

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” Oscar Wilde As every day passes, it is becoming obvious that the world is moving into uncharted territory because of the climate emergency. Can you hear it coming? Because it is. Gandhi

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3rd Space unplugged – Patriarchy, identity and monotheism

Patriarchy, identity and monotheism. How they function in the relationship between coloniser and colonised. In the fifth of our unplugged cross-cultural discussions, 3rd Space continues the conversation with Mumbaikers, Abhishek Thakore of the Blue Ribbon Movement, and actress Suruchi Aulakh. We look at the role of patriarchy, identity, and monotheism in scarcity cultures and in the relationship between coloniser and

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3rd Space unplugged -Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation – Reconciliation between the global north and south must be the foundation for a new world culture to emerge. In the fourth of our unplugged global discussions, 3rd Space continues the conversation with Mumbaikers, Abhishek Thakore of the Blue Ribbon Movement, and actress Suruchi Aulakh. We discuss why truth and reconciliation between coloniser and colonised is a

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3rd Space unplugged – Spiral Dynamics through an Indic Lens

Raghu Ananthanarayanan speaks with Abhishek Thakore: understanding the developmental model of Spiral Dynamics through an Indic lens. Raghu Ananthanarayanan has a Postgraduate Degree in Bio-Medical Engineering from IIT Madras. He spent a decade of intense study of Yoga with Yogaachaarya T Krishnamaachaarya and Desikachar, and extended time with J Krishnamurti and Sri Dharampal. He has considerable experience in transforming organisational

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3rd Space unplugged -Is the Future Black and Brown?

Confronting the reality of Western global dominance In the second of our unplugged cross-cultural discussions, 3rd Space continues the conversation with Mumbaikers, Abhishek Thakore of the Blue Ribbon Movement, and actress Suruchi Aulakh. We discuss the question – is the future black and brown? And explore in real time the raw reality of what it takes to confront Western global

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3rd Space unplugged – global discussions on a new cosmopolitanism

Exploring the potential of a true global citizenry In the first of a series of cross-cultural conversations, Steve Brett of 3rd Space in London talks with Abhishek Thakore, co-founder of the Blue Ribbon Movement in Mumbai, on the potential of intercultural awareness and dialogue to transform global culture. It traces the pathway to a new citizenry, that is contemporarily global,

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Living on purpose – Jamie Bristow and the Mindfulness Initiative

Mindfulness joins the political mainstream 3rd Space: Welcome Jamie. You have been doing ground-breaking work for some years to bring mindfulness into the political mainstream. You are also trying to use mindfulness to affect public policy. In Britain you’ve helped set up an all-party parliamentary group on mindfulness. And you have worked on the application of mindfulness to public life. This

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The Entangled Activist-talking with Anthea Lawson

From Newspapers to Campaigning 3rd Space: Welcome to 3rd Space, Anthea. Could you begin by telling us about how you came to be concerned about some of the underlying issues in how activism is often approached? And how did this lead to the idea of the Entangled Activist? Anthea: Thank you for the opportunity to talk with you about this. Inner development and

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Some thoughts on the work of Daniel Schmachtenberger

It may seem strange to dedicate a blog to the thinking of somebody else, but Daniel Schmachtenberger just might be one of the best and brightest minds around at the moment. So, hopefully by the end of this blog you will have some idea of why I am doing it. Daniel Schmachtenberger is at the forefront of some significant work

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Examining the Sensitive Self

In 2004, the psychologist Michael Eigen wrote a book called, “The Sensitive Self”. He examines sensitivity as our essential humanness, and ultimately as constituting the basis of humane ethics. In this short essay, I am taking the liberty of looking at the concept in a different light. That is, as a way of understanding the privilege that was granted to

Read More

Disobedience and the State

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” Oscar Wilde As every day passes, it is becoming obvious that the world is moving into uncharted territory because of the climate emergency. Can you hear it coming? Because it is. Gandhi

Read More

3rd Space unplugged – Patriarchy, identity and monotheism

Patriarchy, identity and monotheism. How they function in the relationship between coloniser and colonised. In the fifth of our unplugged cross-cultural discussions, 3rd Space continues the conversation with Mumbaikers, Abhishek Thakore of the Blue Ribbon Movement, and actress Suruchi Aulakh. We look at the role of patriarchy, identity, and monotheism in scarcity cultures and in the relationship between coloniser and

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3rd Space unplugged -Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation – Reconciliation between the global north and south must be the foundation for a new world culture to emerge. In the fourth of our unplugged global discussions, 3rd Space continues the conversation with Mumbaikers, Abhishek Thakore of the Blue Ribbon Movement, and actress Suruchi Aulakh. We discuss why truth and reconciliation between coloniser and colonised is a

Read More

3rd Space unplugged – Spiral Dynamics through an Indic Lens

Raghu Ananthanarayanan speaks with Abhishek Thakore: understanding the developmental model of Spiral Dynamics through an Indic lens. Raghu Ananthanarayanan has a Postgraduate Degree in Bio-Medical Engineering from IIT Madras. He spent a decade of intense study of Yoga with Yogaachaarya T Krishnamaachaarya and Desikachar, and extended time with J Krishnamurti and Sri Dharampal. He has considerable experience in transforming organisational

Read More

3rd Space unplugged -Is the Future Black and Brown?

Confronting the reality of Western global dominance In the second of our unplugged cross-cultural discussions, 3rd Space continues the conversation with Mumbaikers, Abhishek Thakore of the Blue Ribbon Movement, and actress Suruchi Aulakh. We discuss the question – is the future black and brown? And explore in real time the raw reality of what it takes to confront Western global

Read More

3rd Space unplugged – global discussions on a new cosmopolitanism

Exploring the potential of a true global citizenry In the first of a series of cross-cultural conversations, Steve Brett of 3rd Space in London talks with Abhishek Thakore, co-founder of the Blue Ribbon Movement in Mumbai, on the potential of intercultural awareness and dialogue to transform global culture. It traces the pathway to a new citizenry, that is contemporarily global,

Read More

Living on purpose – Jamie Bristow and the Mindfulness Initiative

Mindfulness joins the political mainstream 3rd Space: Welcome Jamie. You have been doing ground-breaking work for some years to bring mindfulness into the political mainstream. You are also trying to use mindfulness to affect public policy. In Britain you’ve helped set up an all-party parliamentary group on mindfulness. And you have worked on the application of mindfulness to public life. This

Read More

The Entangled Activist-talking with Anthea Lawson

From Newspapers to Campaigning 3rd Space: Welcome to 3rd Space, Anthea. Could you begin by telling us about how you came to be concerned about some of the underlying issues in how activism is often approached? And how did this lead to the idea of the Entangled Activist? Anthea: Thank you for the opportunity to talk with you about this. Inner development and

Read More

Some thoughts on the work of Daniel Schmachtenberger

It may seem strange to dedicate a blog to the thinking of somebody else, but Daniel Schmachtenberger just might be one of the best and brightest minds around at the moment. So, hopefully by the end of this blog you will have some idea of why I am doing it. Daniel Schmachtenberger is at the forefront of some significant work

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