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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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Contemplative Activism

Tending the seeds of a “new” culture — Hope, History, and Humility

We started Life Itself in 2016 because it seemed time for seeds of another culture to sprout. My hope was actually largely based on what was falling apart. Disturbing elections were happening, faith in capitalism was shaken, news about global warming was worsening. Death makes room for life, and chaos and lost faith mean new […]

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Collective Wisdom

Collective Evolution – HubBook

Me to Inna: Are you a part of me now? Inna: Yes. Me to Inna: Am I a part of you now? Inna: Yes. Me: Weird. Inna and I are huddled on Ilja’s bed, swimming in blankets and giant pillows. A long string of LED lanterns is strung across the wall overhead, casting a calming […]

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Contemplative Activism Salons

Universalism: do we dare question it?

Life Itself Salon Saturday 6th February 6pm – 7:45pm CET Recent political events have made the fact that we live in an experiment more palpable. It is a daring experiment, there is perhaps nothing more experimental in our culture than the idea of achieving equality here on earth before judgement day.  One particular question has […]

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Contemplative Activism

Contemplative Disposition

I asked the question at the end of Sunday’s Contemplative Activist Sangha call, “Have we held this exploration of Patriarchy contemplatively?” What did I mean by that? What does holding a discussion or an exploration contemplatively mean? I was curious about whether we felt that we’d held this sometimes hot and uncomfortable discussion as contemplatives […]

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Collective Wisdom

Collective Wisdom – Reflections

Collective intelligence and collective wisdom are distinct Collective wisdom is distinct from collective intelligence. Both are valuable and each can benefit the other; nevertheless they are different. What is collective intelligence? Collective intelligence here refers to the fact that sourcing expertise, opinions and ideas from multiple people can lead to better conclusions than would otherwise […]

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On Contemplative Activism and a vision of Life Itself

This extract is taken from a session at our Gathering 2020 on Collective Practices. Here, Valerie Duvauchelle summarised what was said and some suggested ideas. This is very much a work in progress, and we invite you too to participate. Contemplative Activism is another name for awakening to s(S)elf, the basis of Life Itself’s vision  […]

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Collective Wisdom

Collective Intelligence

What is it that allows groups of people to carry out intelligent collective actions? You can find our white paper on collective intelligence (by Life Itself Institute director Liam Kavanagh), and a number of issues in this area that relate to our work for a wiser society, re-published at this link.

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Bridging the Wisdom Gap

Recently, Geoff Mulgan and I have been talking about wisdom and the need for wiser societies — not, just smarter ones. “Bridging the Wisdom Gap” summarises are thinking so far and ideas for what we would like to do next. In a Nutshell We propose that getting wiser personally and collectively is central to addressing […]

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Contemplative Activism

Sitting With the Trouble

By Charlotte Du Cann Sit beside me: I am in a circle in the back room of a small pub in North Oxford, under the shelter of a giant copper beech. Spring is unfurling its leaves. A man is talking. His name is Edward and he is the oldest person in the room, the unofficial […]