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Steve Brett

As a young adult growing up in the UK, I was troubled by the lack of meaning in the limiting zeitgeist of modern life that seemed to lie ahead of me. I was drawn to eastern philosophy from an early age. My father was a modern architect, so I also loved modern inventiveness and scientific precision. But it was the answers to the big questions about the purpose of life that Eastern wisdom introduced to me, which excited me the most. They provided another order of meaning to existence.

I skipped university and travelled several times overland to India, through Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. I had the rare opportunity to meet and study with several enlightened masters of different traditions. On my return to the UK, I studied psychology and worked as a social worker, counselor, and then as a psychotherapist. But the desire to find a radically different way of life eventually led me to join a spiritual community. This took me on an adventure that lasted almost thirty years.

Mary Adams

My life has been about exploring the relationship between the ‘inner’ and the ‘outer’, the individual and the collective – social change through human transformation. It is my conviction that we have the capacity for continual development and creative integration, not only technologically, but also through the expansion and deepening of consciousness.

After graduating from the Australian National University in South Asian Studies and Philosophy, I was still searching for answers to some of the big questions in life. I spent seven years in India studying under various teachers and personally exploring the foundations of human consciousness in extended solitary retreats.

Our Associates

3rd Space consists of a group of connected friends and colleagues from around the world.

Faheem Nusrat

Faheem has followed an interest in Eastern spiritual practice for over 30 years. With lived experience in community he has also worked in the tech industry for many years. He is primarily focused on the ongoing challenge of how deeper ideology free modes of living and thinking can be made accessible. He is also exploring the role that slow living ... Read More

Khin Tye

Khin Tye is a Human-Becoming-in-Process and 3rd Space social media co-creator. Born and raised in S.E. Asia, she pursued a materialistic life in America with degrees in Computer Science and MBA, and worked in IT, management consulting and international marketing in Asia. One day she decided that there must be more to life than living comfortably. Her meeting with a spiritual teacher and enlightenment experiences catalysed her to find self-actualisation by living with an intentional community in England, inspired by evolutionary philosophy and meditation. Khin worked in corporate social responsibility, volunteer management, creativity and innovation management, teaching Mindfulness and Qigong, always co-creating with people and organisations offering wholistic solutions for the community, the environment, and the climate crisis.

Venkatesh Rajan

Rajan Venkatesh is a former journalist with the Times of India. He taught journalism in Mumbai and New Delhi. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of community, he later left the city and became an educator within SIDDH, an innovative project working in rural mountain villages. In 2013, to further understand the principles behind the functioning of traditional Indian society and its livelihoods, Venkatesh went on to become a farmer in southern Maharashtra. He is the editor of Raibar, a bi-lingual publication exploring global issues. His insights into community building in rural India offer glimpses into how India can survive the juggernaut of modernity, with its soul and community intact.

Our Contributors

Dilan Vithlani

Tales of the past, dreams of the future. Storied for life.

Lionel Yang

Lionel Yang is the founder of the School of Human Ecology. He is a trans-disciplinary business professional with a successful series of entrepreneurships that embrace creativity through aesthetics and technology. His current focus is reimagining sustainable business through human ecology and eco-community. He believes that trans-disciplinary creativity is needed to sustain innovation, and that humanistic nature initiates unbounded creativity through ... Read More

Peter Sutoris

Peter Sutoris is an anthropologist of education and the environment, concerned with how different societies imagine the future differently. He is committed to helping bring higher education more in sync with the challenges of the current historical moment. He studied at Dartmouth College, USA and the University of Cambridge, where he completed his doctorate as a Gates Scholar in 2019. ... Read More

Kirstie Simson

Kirstie Simson is renowned as a legendary teacher, and award-winning performer of Dance Improvisation with training in Contact Improvisation, Akaido, and Somatic Practices. According to Time Out magazine, she has “immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance”. For thirteen years Kirstie was a tenured professor in the Department of Dance at the University of Illinois. In August 2020 ... Read More

Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra in Portugal, and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Director Emeritus of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University. ... Read More

Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo is a British-Chinese novelist, filmmaker and essayist. Born in China in 1973, She was raised in a village in Zhejiang province before moving to a communist compound in Wenling. She studied at the Beijing Film Academy and moved to London in 2002 to study at the National Film School. Her first English-language novel, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for ... Read More

Gabriel Meyer Halevy

Gabriel is a musician, storyteller, writer, and radical creative. Born in Cordoba, Argentina. Three album collaborations – Merkavah, SpiritIsreal, and Hateva: Skin of God, and one solo album: The Human Project. Co-founder and co-director of Sulha Peace Project. Grassroots peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians (2001 until 2009). Private audience with His Holiness The Dalai Lama in support of his peace ... Read More

Esther Stanford-Xosei

Esther Stanford-Xosei is a Motherist, and decolonial Pan-Afrikanist Jurisconsult, Community Advocate and Reparationist. As a ‘new abolitionist’ emphasizing the need to ‘stop the harm’ and promoting Planet Repairs, Esther serves as the Coordinator-General of the Stop The Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide Campaign. Her work in advocating for ‘Planet Repairs’ as the nexus between environmental, reparatory, and cognitive justice, has contributed to the establishment ... Read More

Faheem Nusrat

Faheem has followed an interest in Eastern spiritual practice for over 30 years. With lived experience in community he has also worked in the tech industry for many years. He is primarily focused on the ongoing challenge of how deeper ideology free modes of living and thinking can be made accessible. He is also exploring the role that slow living ... Read More

Jamie Bristow

Jamie Bristow is Director of The Mindfulness Initiative, a policy institute about mindfulness and compassion training that grew out of a programme of mindfulness teaching for politicians in the British Parliament. The Mindfulness Initiative provides the secretariat to the UK Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group and helped politicians to publish the seminal Mindful Nation UK policy report. Jamie now works with politicians and other decision-makers around the ... Read More

Anthea Lawson

Anthea Lawson is an activist, writer and author of The Entangled Activist: Learning to recognise the master’s tools. She has worked on campaigns to shut down tax havens, prevent banks from facilitating corruption and environmental devastation, and control the arms trade. At Global Witness, she launched a prize-winning campaign that changed the rules on secret company ownership and resulted in ... Read More

Renate Keller

Renata Keller is a filmmaker and dialogue facilitator based in Berlin and Switzerland. She has worked in visual arts for over thirty years. Until recently she was the CEO and art director of the German philosophical quarterly magazine ‘evolve‘. Her interest in women’s development, led her to Gerda Lerner’s work and inspired the creation of Why Women Need to Climb Mountains ... Read More

Tempe Adams

Having completed her Ph.D. in 2016, Dr Tempe Adams is currently the Coexistence & Education Manager in Botswana for the wildlife research NGO, ‘Elephant Without Borders’, an NGO dedicated to the protection and conservation of Africa’s elephants. Tempe’s role in the organization is working with communities in helping them live and farm within wildlife areas, conflict free. She is currently ... Read More

Thomas Steininger

Thomas has a PhD in philosophy and is the publisher of evolve, the leading German integral magazine on consciousness and culture, as well as the host of Radio evolve, a weekly webcast in German and English. He speaks internationally on cultural evolution and the different spiritual and cultural currents that have formed our postmodern world. As a faculty member of Meridian University in California, he teaches about the principles of catalysing emergence within collectives. He has pioneered the development of the emerge dialogue process, a new consciousness-aware collective process for creative engagement.

Francesca Rusciani

Co-Founder & Executive Director of Open Future Institute, Francesca’s passion for big life questions started when she was a girl and has since developed into a lifelong journey of exploration, inquiry and commitment to social change. After completing a Master’s Degree in Eastern Philosophy and Sanskrit Studies at the University of Rome, Italy, she pursued a 15 year career in corporate program management and strategic consulting. While in the corporate setting, she volunteered her skills to many social and humanitarian causes. Now she serves as the Executive Director of The QUESTion Project, she has found her life’s work in empowering youth to pursue a life of purpose.

Gerard Senehi

Co-Founder & President of Open Future Institute, Gerard is inspired by a sense of possibilities and the potential of bringing inner aspects of our humanity to the foreground in education. After graduating from Amherst College, he taught science and art. To pursue his vision for education he completed a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Massachusetts. He spent years doing non-profit work and simultaneously developed a career doing mystery shows, very quickly reaching the top of his field, and earning the admiration of world leaders, celebrities, Fortune 500 CEOs, and national and international media. In 2013 he co-founded Open Future Institute to bring his vision for Education to life.

Kavita Byrd

Kavita Byrd works to bring together holistic consciousness and whole-systems change, with an emphasis on evolutionary spirituality and sacred activism. This includes research on ecology, the climate crisis and new economics, integrating spiritual wisdom and radical social action for global transformation. She is author of Quantum Co-Creative Revolution: We Are All in This Together and the poetry collection Love Songs of the Undivided. She lives in South India at the foot of the sacred mountain Arunachala, near the ashram of the great saint Sri Ramana Maharshi. Her website is https://shakticentre.blogspot.com

Padma Rigzin

Padma Rigzin is from Hemisshukpachan village in Ladakh, India. After completing his school education in Ladakh, he moved to mainland India to pursue higher education. He studied political science and journalism in Delhi and later worked for Millennium Post newspaper. After journalism, he moved to pursue research at Ambedkar University, Delhi. He worked on an action research project with the Kondh tribe in central India for his MPhil thesis at Ambedkar University. Presently, he is pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Martin Kirk

Martin is Co-founder and Director of Strategy for /The Rules, a global collective of writers, thinkers, coders, farmers, artists and activists of all types dedicated to challenging the root causes of global poverty and inequality. Prior to /The Rules Martin was the Head of Campaigns at Oxfam UK, and Head of Global Advocacy for Save the Children. He has written extensively on issues of poverty, inequality and climate change, including co-authoring Finding Frames: New Ways to Engage the UK Public in Global Poverty to help bring insights from psychology, neuroscience, systems theory and other academic disciplines to bear on issues of public understanding of complex global challenges.

Alnoor Ladha

Alnoor is a founding member and the executive director of  /The Rules, a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers, writers, and others dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality and poverty around the world. He is a writer and speaker on new forms of activism, the structural causes of inequality, the link between climate change and poverty, and the rise of the Global South as a powerful organizing force in the transition to a post-capitalist world. He is a board member of Greenpeace International USA, and a visiting lecturer at New York University, Columbia University, and the Ontario College of Art and Design. Alnoor holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.

Renu Gulati

Born and raised in the UK, Renu Gulati is the founder of Stree, a women’s empowerment and heal the earth initiative. She had a keen interest in natural products and holistic healing from a young age. In the UK, Renu worked extensively in the area of women’s empowerment. She studied Sanskrit & Philosophy at Edinburgh University. She then trained and practised as a Lawyer, working in domestic violence and immigration. She has an MSc in Ayurveda Medicine and offers wellness consultations, classes & courses in person and online, from Rishikesh in India. She regularly writes on Ayurveda wellness, nutrition and home remedies.

Pawan Gupta

A little more than 30 years of experience in areas of education. Inspired by Buddhism, traditional Hinduism and Gandhi. Tries to challenge the myths and assumptions of present day modernity through writing and workshops. Started and ran a number of schools in rural areas of the Himalayan region, conducted research studies to understand the contradictions and conflicts in present day life of ordinary people of India; the impact of thousand years of subjugation and a few hundred years of colonial (British and Portuguese) rule on the indian psyche and behaviour. An arrogant and ‘educated’ man trying to unlearn.

Debora Nunes

Graduate and Master of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidade Federal da Bahia – UFBa, Brasil, (1987 & 1993). PhD in Urbanism at the University of Paris, (1988). Post Doctorate in University Extension at the University Lumière Lyon II, (2008), and Post Doctorate in City History in Bangalore University, India (2015), and Future Cities in Pondicherry University (2019). Professor at Universidade da Estado da Bahia (UNEB), since 1999, in Urbanisation. She has published books and papers about Participatory Management, Solidarity Economy, Conscious Consumption, and New  Models of Citizen Politics. She is founder of the NGO Network Professional Association for Citizenship Solidarity, and the School of Integral Sustainability. She is also engaged in the international network Dialogues en humanité.

Lukas Herrmann

Lukas Herrmann is an action researcher and PhD student with Heidelberg University, Germany. He worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Neuroscience, and published on the contemplative training of perspective-taking and empathy. He studied psychology in Freiburg and Berlin (Humboldt University), Germany, and is a trained family therapist. As a facilitator and trainer, Lukas’ interest is to shift social fields to a deeper, more generative level. As a member of the Institute for Global Integral Competence and 2018 Fellow of the CMM Institute for Social Evolution, Lukas co-organizes the Witten Lab for Global Social Witnessing, bringing together scientists, artists, and activists to explore awareness-based practices for global citizenship at Witten-Herdecke University, Germany, in March 2020.

Adrian Wagner

Doctoral candidate of Thomas Hübel’s AIS Graduate Programm, Social Worker, Political Scientist and co-founder of Teal Wave Consulting. In his dissertation Adrian is researching the Pocket Project with awareness based action research methods based on Presencing and Theory U. As part of the Institute for Integral Global Competence he is engaged in the preparation of the first Global Social Witnessing Lab in 2020. Adrian has published in various magazines about young leaders, collective transformation and social change. He currently lives and works in a community in the Black Forest where he co-founded the co-working space waldraum e.V. He loves Japanese Martial Arts, body based meditation, poetry and dancing tango. https://www.globalsocialwitnessing.org/

Chris Parish

Chris Parish is a writer and organic gardener with an abiding passion for nature and our ecological selves. With an initial university background in Zoology, he spent many years studying and then teaching meditation and communication in a number of countries. In recent times, he has increasingly become concerned with speciesism and especially with our climate and ecological emergency. Currently this has led him to be an ecological activist with Extinction Rebellion.

Sushri Sangita Mishra

Sushri Mishra is a well-known poet from Odisha – an Eastern Indian State, writing in Odia and English. She had her first anthology of poems published in 1974, called ‘Words From Silence’. While the essence of her poetic voice is philosophic and metaphysics, many of her poems deal with social issues, such as poverty, polarity, prejudice, ignorance and anarchism. Among other awards, she has received the Shreekshetra Award for her contribution in the field of literature. She currently lives in Chennai, a southern state in India, along with her family, and serves as a corporate professional in the Banking and Financial Services industry.

Katrin Karneth

Katrin Karneth is a creative educator, cultural trainer and German language teacher. From a very young age onwards she was passionate about the spiritual dimension of life. Exploring and sharing this with others has been a key part of her journey, which also had led her eventually to India. She has lived for many years in India; working and volunteering at various institutions and NGO’s. She has taught and facilitated empowerment programs to children and adults in Germany and India.

Together we are creating alternative environments for the purpose of the free exploration of divergent worldviews and how they can apply to modernity today.