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3rd Space explores new perspectives beyond
 binaries, seeking diverse, dynamic outcomes

We look for contemporary expressions of culture, where principles of being and becoming, unity and diversity, cosmopolitan and local, are not seen in opposition to each other, but as fluid interdependent expressions of our existential wholeness. Through the content we feature, 3rd space seeks to redefine modernity as well as the current reductive view of ‘globalisation’. Our objective is to facilitate contemporary, practical expressions of the ‘implicate order’ of existence.

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Education

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 …

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Spirituality and Culture

Mindfulness and Meditation – a secular hijack?

The practice of Mindfulness, as everyone knows, has taken off in a big way in the western hemisphere. It is the most successful ‘non-religious’, awareness-based, self-help practice to establish …

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Politics and Culture

The Opposite of a Cynic: David Graeber, 1961-2020

What is the opposite of a cynic? I have been wondering about this question since I heard the news of David Graeber’s death yesterday. I haven’t quite been able …

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Politics

The Need For A New Politics

In 1991 India changed. We opened up. We started becoming part of the global economy. Globalisation finally engulfed us. Slowly some disturbing signs started emerging. In 1996 we at SIDH (“Society for the Integrated …

Read More →
Spirituality and Culture

Filmmaker Renate Keller on her documentary of Indian mystic and social activist, Vimala Thakar

3rd Space: Welcome Renata. You recently completed a documentary on the life and message of Vimala Thakar, called The Fire of Dancing Stillness – Reflections with Vimala Thakar. Could you tell …

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Environment

Requiem for Nature in Britain – Devastation in our Green and Pleasant Land

Our hearts go out when we see one of those awful pictures of a disoriented, lost orangutan in the debris of clear-cut rainforest somewhere in Indonesia, which up to …

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Spirituality and Culture

Being at Home in the World

There is a very long history in the western world to our experience of being a separate individual, atomised from the world; a world that right now, as a …

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Politics and Culture

Psychedelic Communities, Social Justice, and Kinship in the Capitalocene

Is therapy and “self-help” the best or only paradigm for psychedelic culture to flourish? Alnoor Ladha and Martin Kirk offer a critical assessment of humanity and suggest how psychedelic …

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Culture

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 …

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Spirituality and Culture

Tu Weiming: Spiritual Humanism: An Emerging Global Discourse

In this video, Professor Tu Weiming, versed in eastern and western thought, gives a beautifully articulate and cogent talk on the need for Spiritual Humanism, which he sees as …

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Environment

Ceiba – Revolutionising the Shipping Industry

In February 2020 Antarctica hit an unthinkable record temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius, rivalling that of an average (summer) June day in London. Brazilian scientists conducting research from Seymour …

Read More →
Culture

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 …

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Science and Medicine

Post-Material Science Already Exists

Today, thousands of professionals around the world use knowledge that is at the frontier of conventional science with fantastic results, but they are still considered ‘witch doctors’ more than …

Read More →
Thinking

Pressing ‘Reset’ in the Anthropocene: Global Social Witnessing as an Awareness-Based Practice for Global Citizenship

You swipe through your favourite news site while sitting in a train, and you enter the typical bombardment of information – “four degrees climate change temperature rise possible”,“rainforest burning”, …

Read More →
Culture

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 …

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Culture

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 …

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Poetry

Poems of Sushri Sangita Mishra

The Poems:   Truth  I have walked very long  on the rocky bed of time  In my effort to excavate truth many times, I have fallen  into the pit  …

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Thinking

The Problem with Western Universalism (long read)

Part 1. The Sabarimala Temple Controversy In January 2019, I read two related articles in the media that immediately caught my attention, being a regular visitor to India. The …

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Environment

Extinction Rebellion & the Climate Emergency – The Case for Civil Disruption (long read)

Alexandria Villsenor, 13, has spent every Friday since December wrapped in a winter coat outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City, protesting the glacial response to climate …

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Culture

Century of the Self part 1: “Happiness Machines” (video)

This documentary series is a deeply insightful study of how the consumerist driven, capitalist, liberal democracies of the modern world were formed in the early 20th century.

Read More →
Science and Medicine

“This is not a University subject, this is a universal subject” – Dr. Vasudevan speaking on Ayurveda

Western medicine, like the worldview that sustains it, for all its incredible achievements, and there are many, has a profound inbuilt limitation.

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Culture

Reinterpreting Vaastu

Sashikala Ananth is a leading exponent in India of Vaastu, the traditional architecture of the Indic civilisation.

Read More →
Culture

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, …

Read More →
Gender

#’Me-too’ to ‘We-too’

This essay looks specifically at the unresolved issue of gender relations, and its cross-cultural intersections as highlighted by the #MeToo movement.

Read More →
Culture

Tradition through the Looking-Glass

In India, my experience of tradition (and just about everything else) was like going down the rabbit hole.

Read More →
Thinking

Spaces of Transformation – Epistemologies of the South (video)

To Boaventura de Sousa Santos, understanding of the world far exceeds Western understanding of the world. Even though there is a growing recognition in the west of the cultural diversity of the world, he believes this does not extend to a recognition of the diversity of knowledge systems of the world.

Read More →
  • All
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Gender
  • Poetry
  • Politics
  • Politics and Culture
  • Science and Medicine
  • Spirituality and Culture
  • Thinking
Education

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 …

Read More →
Spirituality and Culture

Mindfulness and Meditation – a secular hijack?

The practice of Mindfulness, as everyone knows, has taken off in a big way in the western hemisphere. It is the most successful ‘non-religious’, awareness-based, self-help practice to establish …

Read More →
Politics and Culture

The Opposite of a Cynic: David Graeber, 1961-2020

What is the opposite of a cynic? I have been wondering about this question since I heard the news of David Graeber’s death yesterday. I haven’t quite been able …

Read More →
Politics

The Need For A New Politics

In 1991 India changed. We opened up. We started becoming part of the global economy. Globalisation finally engulfed us. Slowly some disturbing signs started emerging. In 1996 we at SIDH (“Society for the Integrated …

Read More →
Spirituality and Culture

Filmmaker Renate Keller on her documentary of Indian mystic and social activist, Vimala Thakar

3rd Space: Welcome Renata. You recently completed a documentary on the life and message of Vimala Thakar, called The Fire of Dancing Stillness – Reflections with Vimala Thakar. Could you tell …

Read More →
Environment

Requiem for Nature in Britain – Devastation in our Green and Pleasant Land

Our hearts go out when we see one of those awful pictures of a disoriented, lost orangutan in the debris of clear-cut rainforest somewhere in Indonesia, which up to …

Read More →
Spirituality and Culture

Being at Home in the World

There is a very long history in the western world to our experience of being a separate individual, atomised from the world; a world that right now, as a …

Read More →
Politics and Culture

Psychedelic Communities, Social Justice, and Kinship in the Capitalocene

Is therapy and “self-help” the best or only paradigm for psychedelic culture to flourish? Alnoor Ladha and Martin Kirk offer a critical assessment of humanity and suggest how psychedelic …

Read More →
Culture

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 …

Read More →
Spirituality and Culture

Tu Weiming: Spiritual Humanism: An Emerging Global Discourse

In this video, Professor Tu Weiming, versed in eastern and western thought, gives a beautifully articulate and cogent talk on the need for Spiritual Humanism, which he sees as …

Read More →
Environment

Ceiba – Revolutionising the Shipping Industry

In February 2020 Antarctica hit an unthinkable record temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius, rivalling that of an average (summer) June day in London. Brazilian scientists conducting research from Seymour …

Read More →
Culture

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 …

Read More →
Science and Medicine

Post-Material Science Already Exists

Today, thousands of professionals around the world use knowledge that is at the frontier of conventional science with fantastic results, but they are still considered ‘witch doctors’ more than …

Read More →
Thinking

Pressing ‘Reset’ in the Anthropocene: Global Social Witnessing as an Awareness-Based Practice for Global Citizenship

You swipe through your favourite news site while sitting in a train, and you enter the typical bombardment of information – “four degrees climate change temperature rise possible”,“rainforest burning”, …

Read More →
Culture

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 …

Read More →
Culture

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 …

Read More →
Poetry

Poems of Sushri Sangita Mishra

The Poems:   Truth  I have walked very long  on the rocky bed of time  In my effort to excavate truth many times, I have fallen  into the pit  …

Read More →
Thinking

The Problem with Western Universalism (long read)

Part 1. The Sabarimala Temple Controversy In January 2019, I read two related articles in the media that immediately caught my attention, being a regular visitor to India. The …

Read More →
Environment

Extinction Rebellion & the Climate Emergency – The Case for Civil Disruption (long read)

Alexandria Villsenor, 13, has spent every Friday since December wrapped in a winter coat outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City, protesting the glacial response to climate …

Read More →
Culture

Century of the Self part 1: “Happiness Machines” (video)

This documentary series is a deeply insightful study of how the consumerist driven, capitalist, liberal democracies of the modern world were formed in the early 20th century.

Read More →
Science and Medicine

“This is not a University subject, this is a universal subject” – Dr. Vasudevan speaking on Ayurveda

Western medicine, like the worldview that sustains it, for all its incredible achievements, and there are many, has a profound inbuilt limitation.

Read More →
Culture

Reinterpreting Vaastu

Sashikala Ananth is a leading exponent in India of Vaastu, the traditional architecture of the Indic civilisation.

Read More →
Culture

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, …

Read More →
Gender

#’Me-too’ to ‘We-too’

This essay looks specifically at the unresolved issue of gender relations, and its cross-cultural intersections as highlighted by the #MeToo movement.

Read More →
Culture

Tradition through the Looking-Glass

In India, my experience of tradition (and just about everything else) was like going down the rabbit hole.

Read More →
Thinking

Spaces of Transformation – Epistemologies of the South (video)

To Boaventura de Sousa Santos, understanding of the world far exceeds Western understanding of the world. Even though there is a growing recognition in the west of the cultural diversity of the world, he believes this does not extend to a recognition of the diversity of knowledge systems of the world.

Read More →

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