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HubBook: A Collective Evolution

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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5 things we learnt from our research into permaculture

By Joe Hughes and Charlotte Peart As part of our time at Life Itself, Charlotte and I were tasked to undertake research into permaculture: its general meaning, and how we could practice it at the Petit Bois Martin site in Bergerac. We went into this task with very little understanding of permaculture, but were eager […]

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MIC camp weekend at the Bergerac Hub: connections across communities

Over the last few days, the Life Itself Bergerac Hub had the pleasure of hosting Les Maisons d’Intelligence Collective (MIC) for one of their twice-yearly retreats or ‘camps’. This group was brought to our attention by Valerie, a pioneer of Life Itself who is also a member of the collective. To briefly explain, the MIC […]

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What’s new at the Berlin Hub?

Once a month the hubs inform each other about what has happened during the last month. Below you’ll find a shortened version of the last Berlin Hub Update. Enjoy! Safety first Winter so far has been the time of big and important conversations between and within the hub(s). One (actually by now two) of them […]

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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 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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Possibility Now

What do you believe is possible? Contribute to the collective conversation by sending us your visions for a better society. With 2021 beginning, we are looking back on a year in which the pandemic brought grief, hardship and anxiety. Many of us connected more deeply to our mortality and vulnerability, our needs for community and […]

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Pragmatic Utopianism

Life Itself’s approach to social change is labelled ‘Pragmatic Utopianism’. It differs from most other organisations seeking to improve society. Here, we outline the core commitments of this approach and in future pieces we will refine and flesh it out in greater detail. Whilst still at an early stage, we hope this provides a solid […]

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Word Laundrette 1: Nirvana

I feel Nirvana is as close as we could get to a fully perfected first choice for the word laundry, as it might be the hardest word ever to keep clean. I cannot wash the word “Nirvana” by explaining it to you clearly, no one can explain it in words, not even the few people […]

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Reflections on an Experiment in Communal Living

What does it mean to live in community? And, more crucially, what’s the point? While I had a vague sense that a more collectivist existence would benefit both me and the society around me, I had until recently little justified answer to these more concrete questions. A national lockdown spent at the Life Itself Bergerac […]