What is Life Itself?
Life Itself manages co-living spaces in London and Berlin. We also conduct research, and host workshops, events, and gatherings. Think Plum Village meets Silicon Valley.
Why? The vision.
We’ve never had it so good! But we’re still not that well/happy, even (or especially!) when rich. Progress is distributed unequally and many traditional sources of hope have faded.
We’re pragmatic utopians. A radically better world is possible. Radically better means (more) awakened – a wiser, weller world.
We are committed to practical steps to create a world where individuals and societies are deeply and truly free to live the best of all possible lives.
Our spaces allow people committed to realising a wiser, weller world to share and connect, laugh and play, learn and listen.
They provide ready-made communities at the heart of urban life that give dreamers and thinkers, artists and poets, scientists and entrepreneurs a stable base from which to learn, grow, and get things done.
We balance the spiritual and the rational. We like meditation as much as we like getting things done. We want meaningful work and a meaningful life. We value the environment and technology, art and science. We take action, both personal and political. We’re the middle way between the suit and the hippy, between the billionaire and the monk.
Life Itself is a multi-disciplinary initiative of artists, researchers and technologists who are committed to being wise and taking practical action to solve collective challenges such as climate change and the decline of democracies. Read more about our people here.
Life Itself has two co-living venues: London and Berlin. These “hubs” are central to Life Itself’s mission of bringing together value-aligned people to tackle the collective action problems that threaten our future. They exist as a living, breathing representation of Life Itself’s culture, and provide a ready-made community for those eager to make a difference. Read more about our hubs.
Life Itself hosts a week-long annual gathering at Le Cheraille, a small farming hamlet on the outskirts of Paris, each August. It exists to facilitate conversation on what living wisely looks like, and has a structured programme of workshops, talks, and group activities like meditation, dance classes, and late night bonfires. Read more about the Gathering.
Life Itself hosts a number of online calls that exist to bring people together so they can collaborate and share their work in an uplifting environment. Offerings include the Get S*** Done series, which is a daily practice designed to hold you accountable to achieving your goals, and the Creative Practice calls, which bring creatives together for one hour per week to deepen their practice. See our current range here.
The Life Itself Institute exists to answer the questions of what it means to live well and live wisely. Some specific interests include co-living, wise technology, and collective intelligence. Read more about the Institute here.
Life Itself is committed to contemplative activism. This is the activism you’re already used to, but with a contemplative mindset: in other words, with a focus on giving wholeness its proper place in our lives, in organisations, and in society.
Possibility Now is an initiative that dares us to think big: what’s your vision for a wise and well future?