Steve Brett

Recovering An Indigenous Knowledge System & Overcoming the Colonising Mind

Re-establishing India’s Knowledge Systems 3rd Space: You said yesterday that you had discovered in your work with young people, that India has had two generations of brainwashing through the modern education system. And as a result, they have, to a greater or lesser degree, lost touch with, or been severed from, the wealth of Indian culture, its knowledge systems and

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Hymn to the City Imaginary

I have to admit, I am fascinated by big cities, at least most of the ones I have visited or stayed in for any length of time. I often feel most alive in the midst of their bruising, ebullient dynamism. As someone who is generally critical of modernity, I have sometimes wondered about this. But then cities are not just

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Imagination Activism – An Interview with Phoebe Tickell

We have been chasing an interview with Phoebe Tickell for some time. (She’s a busy lady). We hope we will manage to catch up with her soon. In the meantime, we want to share this excellent interview by Planet Critical of her work in ‘Imagination Activism’. Phoebe graduated in molecular biology from Cambridge University. Concerned with the need for fundamental

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Awakening Other Capacities – Why this might just be fundamental

What are “Exiled Capacities”? Much of the time, my mind churns out the same predictable responses to things. If I tried to draw a circle around what I think about most of the time it would have a pretty small circumference. But there are times, more often now, when I am no longer perceiving the world through my thoughts, but

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Evolving Through the Body

A conversation between Patrick Cassidy and Kirstie Simson. In progressive circles we feel comfortable with the idea of psychological, emotional, and even spiritual development. But what about evolving through the body? What is the difference between the need to train, discipline and control the body, and all the ideas associated with this we have inherited from our culture, and allowing

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What is Mimesis and Why Does it Matter?

The Intrusion of Gaia Bruno Latour begins his book Facing Gaia by telling us that although we have known for thirty years we are facing an “ecological crisis,” we have remained “astonishingly calm” about it. Even the word “crisis”, he writes, implies that it is something that will “soon be behind us.” Even the word “ecological” he suggests, keeps reality

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Regeneration @ the School of Human Ecology: A Shanghai Story

Covid 19 and Returning to China 3rd Space: Welcome Lionel. So, could you give us some background about what you were doing in the UK prior to moving back to China last year. Lionel: Hello Steve, yes. I took my wife and two children to London, in 2018. I was there to do a doctorate at the London campus of

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Ethics and the Queer World of Quantum Mechanics

The Burden of Meaning Making Traditionally, for hundreds of years, religion was the source of ethics, the unquestioned authority on how to live and act. In the secular West today, in case you hadn’t noticed, this is no longer the case. The burden of meaning-making is now firmly on our own shoulders. The primary reasons for this are the triumph

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The New Prophets: Spirituality in a Metamodern World

Looking at how the progressive world is responding to the meta-crisis, it is encouraging to see an accelerating awareness that we are not in only in a desperate climate and ecological crisis, but even more fundamentally a civilisational and existential one. The response to this is as multifaceted as befits our heterodox times. Everything from Climate Activism to Regenerative Cultures,

Read More

Recovering An Indigenous Knowledge System & Overcoming the Colonising Mind

Re-establishing India’s Knowledge Systems 3rd Space: You said yesterday that you had discovered in your work with young people, that India has had two generations of brainwashing through the modern education system. And as a result, they have, to a greater or lesser degree, lost touch with, or been severed from, the wealth of Indian culture, its knowledge systems and

Read More

Hymn to the City Imaginary

I have to admit, I am fascinated by big cities, at least most of the ones I have visited or stayed in for any length of time. I often feel most alive in the midst of their bruising, ebullient dynamism. As someone who is generally critical of modernity, I have sometimes wondered about this. But then cities are not just

Read More

Imagination Activism – An Interview with Phoebe Tickell

We have been chasing an interview with Phoebe Tickell for some time. (She’s a busy lady). We hope we will manage to catch up with her soon. In the meantime, we want to share this excellent interview by Planet Critical of her work in ‘Imagination Activism’. Phoebe graduated in molecular biology from Cambridge University. Concerned with the need for fundamental

Read More

Awakening Other Capacities – Why this might just be fundamental

What are “Exiled Capacities”? Much of the time, my mind churns out the same predictable responses to things. If I tried to draw a circle around what I think about most of the time it would have a pretty small circumference. But there are times, more often now, when I am no longer perceiving the world through my thoughts, but

Read More

Evolving Through the Body

A conversation between Patrick Cassidy and Kirstie Simson. In progressive circles we feel comfortable with the idea of psychological, emotional, and even spiritual development. But what about evolving through the body? What is the difference between the need to train, discipline and control the body, and all the ideas associated with this we have inherited from our culture, and allowing

Read More

What is Mimesis and Why Does it Matter?

The Intrusion of Gaia Bruno Latour begins his book Facing Gaia by telling us that although we have known for thirty years we are facing an “ecological crisis,” we have remained “astonishingly calm” about it. Even the word “crisis”, he writes, implies that it is something that will “soon be behind us.” Even the word “ecological” he suggests, keeps reality

Read More

Regeneration @ the School of Human Ecology: A Shanghai Story

Covid 19 and Returning to China 3rd Space: Welcome Lionel. So, could you give us some background about what you were doing in the UK prior to moving back to China last year. Lionel: Hello Steve, yes. I took my wife and two children to London, in 2018. I was there to do a doctorate at the London campus of

Read More

Ethics and the Queer World of Quantum Mechanics

The Burden of Meaning Making Traditionally, for hundreds of years, religion was the source of ethics, the unquestioned authority on how to live and act. In the secular West today, in case you hadn’t noticed, this is no longer the case. The burden of meaning-making is now firmly on our own shoulders. The primary reasons for this are the triumph

Read More

The New Prophets: Spirituality in a Metamodern World

Looking at how the progressive world is responding to the meta-crisis, it is encouraging to see an accelerating awareness that we are not in only in a desperate climate and ecological crisis, but even more fundamentally a civilisational and existential one. The response to this is as multifaceted as befits our heterodox times. Everything from Climate Activism to Regenerative Cultures,

Read More