Steve is the co-founder of 3rd Space and Executive Director of Emergence Foundation, a London-based charity supporting diverse, creatively emergent projects in the UK and Europe. Travelling through Asia and later living and working in India for seven years shaped lifelong values, and a passion for human and cultural transformation. A social worker, counsellor and psychotherapist by training, he has lived in and been part of the creation and evolution of several intentional communities over the last forty years, focussed on the evolution of consciousness and culture, and spiritual practice.
He has an MA in South Asian Area Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and has taught eastern philosophy and history, and human and cultural development in the US, UK, Europe and India. He sees himself as part of the movement to transform global culture at this time of climate, ecological and existential crisis, through writing, understanding the impact of colonialism in the global north and south, intercultural dialogue, and participating in civil disobedience movements.
Mary is co-founder of 3rd space, Executive Director and Trustee of Emergence Foundation, supporting innovative projects across the UK and Europe.
In pursuit of deeper answers to the contradictions and conflicts of modernity, she has spent decades exploring the relationship between consciousness and culture, engaged in both eastern and western, academic and non-academic, settings. Majoring in South Asian Philosophy and Language at the Australian National University, she lived in India studying under various spiritual teachers, including the late Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj and J. Krishnamurti; exploring the foundations of human consciousness in extended solitary meditation retreats.
Trained in psychotherapy, a founding member of Gaia House international meditation centre, she co-founded and taught in centres for human development in the UK and Europe. Emigrating to the USA, she worked in the field of collective intelligence in an intentional community for almost three decades, co-pioneering and facilitating inter-subjective dialogue practices, plus programs for women’s leadership. The dramatic demise of this international organization proved a profound learning experience.
Currently based in London, through writing, intercultural dialogue, and non-violent civil disobedience, she is working within a global network attempting to transform the paradigm underpinning the metacrisis we face today.