The New School at Commonweal with Rufus Pollock

Meet the MetaModerns: Emerging Movement with Alternative Approach to Social Change

This week, as part of our Exploring Social Transformation series, we’re delighted to be sharing a conversation courtesy of the New School at Commonweal with Life Itself co-founder, Rufus Pollock.

In this conversation, Rufus Pollock sits down with host, Michael Lerner, to discuss Life Itself’s recent work mapping an emerging “metamodern” ecosystem centered on a radical, alternative approach to social change – one that is simultaneously paradigmatic, integrated, and engaged.

About the New School at Commonweal

The New School presents conversations, readings, and performances with thought- and action-leaders of our time.

The New School focuses on the emergent, seeking out those who are bringing dialogue, beauty, and change to the world. They present events in arts and sciences, health and the environment, and the inner life. They follow streams of inquiry, including Community Resilience, Archetypal Psychology, Spiritual Biography, Healing Circles, and Enneagram. 

About Rufus Pollock

Rufus Pollock is an entrepreneur, activist and author as well as a long-term zen practitioner. He is passionate about finding wiser, weller ways to live together. He wants his child (and all children) to live in a world of love, abundance and wisdom. He has founded several for-profit and nonprofit initiatives including Life Itself, Open Knowledge Foundation, and Datopian. His book Open Revolution is about making a radically freer and fairer information age and has been translated into multiple languages. His next book, Wiser Societies, is about the cultural dark matter that enables societies be wiser (and weller).

Previously he has been the Mead Fellow in Economics at the University of Cambridge as well as a Shuttleworth and Ashoka Fellow. A recognized global expert on the information society, he has worked with G7 governments, IGOs like the UN, Fortune 500s as well as many civil society organizations. He holds a PhD in Economics and a double first in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.