Who We Are

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.

Rajan Venkatesh

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.

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.

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.

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.

Our Contributors

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/

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.

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.

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.

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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.

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