Culture

In search of wisdom: Awakening from the Meaning Crisis with John Vervaeke

This past summer, a colleague from the US sent me a video featuring John Vervaeke in conversation with Nora Bateson. “Do you know him? He seems to be talking about exactly what you are most interested in,” she wrote. I watched, and thanks to the algorithms of Youtube, I found more—a lot more—from this cognitive scientist. Soon, I was hooked.

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David Choquehuanca – A New Pachakuti in Bolivia

December 1st, 2020 After a decade as Chancellor of Evo Morales, David Choquehuanca was the leader chosen by the Pacto de Unidad to represent indigenous, native and peasant peoples in the Movimiento al Socialism’s (MAS) binomial. Following the victory by 55% of the votes, in his speech, the Vice President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia called for reconciliation and

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A Civilisational Pause – What Will Follow ‘Normal’?

No one could have imagined the behemoth of neoliberal capitalism – the god and engine of modern life – brought to its knees literally within a mere blink in Time. Life as we knew as ‘normal’ will never be that. Too much has been exposed, rendered uncertain as the illusory bulwarks of modernity crumble beneath the glaring spotlight of a

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Gandhi in the 21st Century

“I hope the fragrance of the non-violence of India would permeate the whole world. I often wonder if that hope will materialize.” Mohandas Gandhi For all of us, there are times when events of the modern world can lead us to a state of deep despair. This is happening more often these days, with alarming reports of pollution, climate change,

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A Question of Progress

Part One: Positive Disintegration – are we willing?   “Something ancient asks us to give account of our centrality. To heed is to die. And there in lies our deepest hope for potentially wiser worlds. The space for optimism in this picture comes from the opportunities within the creative foreclosure of the old World.” – Bayo Akomolafe   Between 24/7

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A Question of Progress

Part Two: Breaking the Cycle – conscious uncivilising “Its very difficult to ask people to give up the assumptions by which they have always lived, and yet that is the demand the world has got to make now of everybody.” – James Baldwin    History doesn’t have much currency in our 21stcentury thinking. It’s seen as belonging to the past,

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Dialogue with Alnoor Ladha – in nine short podcasts

We met Alnoor Ladha at his home in Tierra Valiente, the community he helped create in 2016 in Costa Rica. We talked about The Rules, Community, Capitalism, his Sufism, global history, ancestral knowledge and other topics brewing on the edge of a post-capitalist world.   The Rules – podcast “What is preventing us from having really strong local communities and

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In search of wisdom: Awakening from the Meaning Crisis with John Vervaeke

This past summer, a colleague from the US sent me a video featuring John Vervaeke in conversation with Nora Bateson. “Do you know him? He seems to be talking about exactly what you are most interested in,” she wrote. I watched, and thanks to the algorithms of Youtube, I found more—a lot more—from this cognitive scientist. Soon, I was hooked.

Read More

David Choquehuanca – A New Pachakuti in Bolivia

December 1st, 2020 After a decade as Chancellor of Evo Morales, David Choquehuanca was the leader chosen by the Pacto de Unidad to represent indigenous, native and peasant peoples in the Movimiento al Socialism’s (MAS) binomial. Following the victory by 55% of the votes, in his speech, the Vice President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia called for reconciliation and

Read More

A Civilisational Pause – What Will Follow ‘Normal’?

No one could have imagined the behemoth of neoliberal capitalism – the god and engine of modern life – brought to its knees literally within a mere blink in Time. Life as we knew as ‘normal’ will never be that. Too much has been exposed, rendered uncertain as the illusory bulwarks of modernity crumble beneath the glaring spotlight of a

Read More

Gandhi in the 21st Century

“I hope the fragrance of the non-violence of India would permeate the whole world. I often wonder if that hope will materialize.” Mohandas Gandhi For all of us, there are times when events of the modern world can lead us to a state of deep despair. This is happening more often these days, with alarming reports of pollution, climate change,

Read More

A Question of Progress

Part One: Positive Disintegration – are we willing?   “Something ancient asks us to give account of our centrality. To heed is to die. And there in lies our deepest hope for potentially wiser worlds. The space for optimism in this picture comes from the opportunities within the creative foreclosure of the old World.” – Bayo Akomolafe   Between 24/7

Read More

A Question of Progress

Part Two: Breaking the Cycle – conscious uncivilising “Its very difficult to ask people to give up the assumptions by which they have always lived, and yet that is the demand the world has got to make now of everybody.” – James Baldwin    History doesn’t have much currency in our 21stcentury thinking. It’s seen as belonging to the past,

Read More

Dialogue with Alnoor Ladha – in nine short podcasts

We met Alnoor Ladha at his home in Tierra Valiente, the community he helped create in 2016 in Costa Rica. We talked about The Rules, Community, Capitalism, his Sufism, global history, ancestral knowledge and other topics brewing on the edge of a post-capitalist world.   The Rules – podcast “What is preventing us from having really strong local communities and

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