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Podcast

Joseph Henrich and the Emergence of a (Rigorous) Culturology

In this episode of the Life Itself Podcast, Rufus Pollock sits down with Professor Joseph Henrich to discuss the study of cultural evolution. Joe gives an insight into how the discipline has emerged and the interdisciplinary nature of the field. He discusses some examples of areas of interest within the field, such as understanding innovation […]

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Conscious Food

Tenzo note #2: the habitat of billions of beings

In the zen community, the tenzo is the cook. Every month, Valerie Duvauchelle, our Bergerac Praxis Hub tenzo, shares her thoughts in the tenzo notes series. We do not always realize how much our life is in danger and how much we are saved daily by our body. Several times a day, the greatest battles […]

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Residency

Reflecting on Embodying Collective Transformation

“How are we called to deepen our individual and collective capacity to care for the wellbeing of all life?” On the 1st of November, a group of strangers from across the globe came together in a tall house in a small town in the south of France to embark on a journey of inquiry into […]

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Community Conscious Food

Tenzo note #1: hunger in community

In the zen community, the tenzo is the cook. Every month, Valerie Duvauchelle, our Bergerac Praxis Hub tenzo, shares her thoughts in the tenzo notes series. It is not uncommon, especially when we are in a group, to see our hunger awaken. But is this sensation really the expression of a physiological need or is […]

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Ecosystem Mapping

Ecosystem Mapping Update

Back in December 2021, we launched our collaborative ecosystem mapping initiative to chart a newly emerging social change ecosystem.  We’ve received some helpful feedback from visitors to the site and we’re excited to respond to the enthusiasm to contribute to the project with some new features, which allow greater community involvement with the project and […]

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Contemplative Activism Residency

Contemplative Activism Residency: a month well lived

By Marc Santolini In November 2020, my partner Liuba and I were invited to partake in an online discussion with Liam Kavanagh on establishing the foundations of a “Contemplative Citizen Science”. My research interests have been devoted these past few years to the growth and sustainability of online epistemic communities (open source, open innovation, open […]

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Hubs Residency

Celebrating a Year of Residencies

The Bergerac Hub is buzzing with activity this October as we enter into the second of our three Embodying Collective Transformation residencies. Amid the activity, however, we take the time to recognize a special time for us – the marking of one year of residencies in the Bergerac Hub. Over the coming week will be […]

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Residency

Update from the Bergerac Hub: Embodying Collective Transformation

In September, October and November, the Bergerac Hub is hosting a series of “Embodying Collective Transformation” residencies. This series of three one-month-long residencies consist of a seven-day intensive training in personal and group practices for courageous collective transformation, followed by a three-week community immersion to integrate and deepen these practices in our daily lives.  During the first […]

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Podcast

Exploring Social Transformation: Series Wrap-Up

Over the past few months we have been sharing episodes centered around the theme of ‘social transformation’. In this final episode of the mini-series, co-hosts Eilidh Ross, Theo Cox and Nathen Fitchen reflect on the series, sharing why we embarked on this project, our stand out moments, and key takeaways. We will be continuing our […]

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Wisdom

Vipassana Meditation: A Sensational Detachment

Last month I completed my first Vipassana meditation course and it has profoundly changed my life. Meditation had not been a core practice for me before. I have previously dabbled in meditation but this experience enabled me to deepen my practice, identify areas for inner transformation and contemplate the state of my emotional well-being.  This […]