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Ecosystem Mapping Institute

Mapping Metamodern: Zen

This post is the second in a series of essays summarizing key traditions within the emerging metamodern ecosystem. To learn more about Life Itself’s Mapping Metamodern project, visit our website here. Summary Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism which originated in China (where it was known as Ch’an) and then spread to Japan and […]

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Making Sense of Crypto & Web3: Announcing our new initiative

Web3 is becoming a huge phenomenon, but represents a crisis of sensemaking with a welter of terminology and conflicting claims. Today, Life Itself Labs is launching a new collaborative initiative “Making Sense of Web3” to address this. It provides introductions to key concepts and ideas along with in-depth exploration of the claims for its social […]

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Ecosystem Mapping Institute

Mapping Metamodern: What is Metamodernism?

Life Itself is currently undertaking the exciting project of mapping the emerging “metamodern” ecosystem. This ecosystem is centered on a radical, alternative approach to social change – one that is simultaneously paradigmatic, integrated and engaged. To learn more about the project, visit our website here. This post is the first in a series of essays […]

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Stories of the Berlin Hub

To give you a better impression about what is happening during a typical month at the hub I’ll juxtapose the silly and the serious, the calm and the excited, the reflective and the carefree. Storytime This months theme is „Stories from our Cultures“. A somewhat obvious choice, given that the 11 people at the hub […]

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Ecosystem Mapping Institute

Mapping an Emerging Ecosystem: Partnership With The Institute for Integral Studies

We are excited to announce the third partner in our project to map an emerging ecosystem of organizations and initiatives with radical, alternative approaches to social change: the Institute for Integral Studies (IFIS). IFIS, Life Itself, and Emerge are working together to cultivate awareness and understanding of this emerging ecosystem, both within the ecosystem and […]

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Life Itself Community Gathering March 2022

Key Info What: An opportunity to connect, collaborate and create. More details below 👇 When: 17th – 23rd March 2022. Where: The Life Itself Bergerac Hub. Who: Core team, wider community members, and newcomers. Cost: €180-540 (depending on room type and length of stay). Interested? Get your ticket now! Questions? Get in touch 😊 What […]

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Insight, Interbeing and Science, May 2022

Humanity needs a kind of spirituality that we can all practice together. Dogmatism and fanaticism have been the cause of great separation and war. In the twenty-first century … it will be possible to establish a cosmic religion based not on myth, belief, or dogma, but on evidence and the insight of interbeing.” Thich Nhat […]

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We are not here to change the world

I intended this blog to document the events of the residency. Another (more subjective) story emerged. Wednesday – pathological demand avoidance Tonight the first 10 minutes of dinner are silent. I am boiling. I want to talk. Or to scream, maybe. I have been wanting to scream for a while. I am tired of following people’s […]

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A Teacher of Eternity: A lasting afternoon with Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh lives on in his community, world wide influence on mindfulness practice, and his books. “He will never die”, but it is natural for his passing to be sad – personal contact with Thich Nhat Hanh was a very rare form of contact with thousands of years’ contemplation of the eternal. My heart […]

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Cultivating an Emerging Paradigm

By Tomas Björkman and Rufus Pollock. Tomas Björkman is a social entrepreneur, philosopher and co-initiator of Emerge. Rufus Pollock is co-founder of Life Itself. This piece was cross-posted in Emerge, 27.1.2022. Introduction This piece is a result of a collaborative dialogue between Tomas Björkman (Ekskäret Foundation) and Rufus Pollock (Life Itself). We’d like to thank […]