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What is Conscious Coliving?

There’s not really an established term yet for the kind of way of living that we imagine and seek to pioneer. We’ve come to call it “conscious coliving” reflecting the fusion of two related practices: conscious living and coliving. Here we want to say a bit more about what we mean by conscious co-living as […]

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Creating a Life Together by Diana Leafe Christian – Summary and Notes

Notes on Diana Leafe Christian’s Creating a life together: practical tools to grow ecovillages and intentional communities (2003). An excellent handbook on how to create intentional communities. Extremely useful with telling anecdotes, concrete practical steps and a lot of wise advice based on long and diverse experience — not only did Christian live in community […]

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Reinventing Organisations by Frederic Laloux

8/10. Laloux has done a great service bringing together multiple case studies, and drawing out commonalities in practices, attitudes and behaviours. Potential improvements: Those unfamiliar with Wilber and culture/values stage theory (as I was when I read the book) may find the initial sections on “amber/red/green/teal” a bit hard-going. I’d suggest this be moved toward […]

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Wise Living Fund Information Session

What: An introduction to the background and aims of the Wise Living Real Estate Fund. When: 29th October, 6-7pm CET  Where: The event will take place via Zoom. Further information: https://lifeitself.us/real-estate-fund/ Register: Sign up to the event using this form: https://forms.gle/Tz48M7WmRSwuQQCu8 What is the Real Estate Fund? The Real Estate Fund is a fund offering […]

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Preface to an Ontological Politics

Ontological Politics is one of our initiatives here at Life Itself and a topic I have been working on for some time. This preface is part of my (in progress) book on the subject. Politics almost always becomes an “in order to”. Never itself. And this robs it of possibility. As an “in order to” […]

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Bridging the Wisdom Gap

Over the last few months Geoff Mulgan and I have been regularly talking around the topic of wisdom and how we need wiser as well as smarter societies. “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 […]

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Notes on Tetlock and Gardner’s Superforecasting

Notes on Tetlock and Gardner’s Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction. Good book. A bit too journalisty for me at points but overall a very good balance of academic and popular. As is often the case, you could probably distill the majority of it down to ten pages (plus appendix on psychology). At the […]

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Do We Need Wiser Education?

At the Art / Earth / Tech annual Gathering, a group of us came together to distill our thoughts on the need for a wiser education system. We used the structure of situation, complication, question, hypothesis (SCQH). Rufus, Alina, Emmanuel, Ninon, Tom, Richard, Hannes Table of contents Situation Complication Question Hypothesis Ninon + Tom Ninon […]

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Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income Proposal (UBI) – does it add up?

Here at Life Itself we’ve had a longstanding, though sceptical, interest in Universal Basic Income (UBI) proposals. So we were excited to see this as a major plank in Andrew Yang’s presidential platform under the name of the “Freedom Dividend”. Yang may be an outsider and a longshot candidate but it’s still good to see […]

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Notes on David Sloan Wilson’s Darwin’s Cathedral

Fascinating book. Its argument for the functional role of religion has much to offer for our own interest in “re-spiritualising society”. The detailed grounding of religious belief and organisation in evolutionary group-selection and the rich set of examples are the analogy of neuroscience (and positive psychology) for buddhist ontology: a modern scientific and utilitarian grounding […]