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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 […]

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Thank you Beloved Sangha

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What does Hope look like in 2020?

Naresh Giangrande’s keynote address to open the EAUC Global Climate Conference 2020 Roy Scranton Entered Bagdad in 2003 as a private with the US army on the day Bagdad fellTwo years later, he was deployed in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the city.Following those experiences he wrote:“The reality of global climate change is […]

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The wisdom hidden in your to-do list

This week we have guest blogs from Bethan Woodward who has been a brilliant contribution on our calls. Last week, she wrote about our Creative Practices call. Here, she shares what the Get Stuff Done calls call gave her. Bethan has her own digital marketing company Beth W Digital, and her website is bethwdigital.com  “It is not […]

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A space for creativity

This week we have a guest blog from Bethan Woodward who has been a brilliant contribution on our Get Stuff Done calls, Creative Practices call and now The Art of Autobiography calls. Here, she shares what the Creative Practices call gave her. Bethan has her own digital marketing company Beth W Digital, and her website […]