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Collective Evolution – HubBook

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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Collective Wisdom – Reflections

Collective intelligence and collective wisdom are distinct Collective wisdom is distinct from collective intelligence. Both are valuable and each can benefit the other; nevertheless they are different. What is collective intelligence? Collective intelligence here refers to the fact that sourcing expertise, opinions and ideas from multiple people can lead to better conclusions than would otherwise […]

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Collective Wisdom Contemplative Activism Gathering

On Contemplative Activism and a vision of Life Itself

This extract is taken from a session at our Gathering 2020 on Collective Practices. Here, Valerie Duvauchelle summarised what was said and some suggested ideas. This is very much a work in progress, and we invite you too to participate. Contemplative Activism is another name for awakening to s(S)elf, the basis of Life Itself’s vision  […]

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Collective Intelligence

What is it that allows groups of people to carry out intelligent collective actions? You can find our white paper on collective intelligence (by Life Itself Institute director Liam Kavanagh), and a number of issues in this area that relate to our work for a wiser society, re-published at this link.

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Collective Wisdom Institute Wisdom

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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Collective Wisdom Contemplative Activism

This uncoordinated Western dance should give us all cause for pause

The metaphor of the dance is something that has occured to a number of people who have described our response to the corona situation. But the institutions, and the wider populations of the West have been engaged so far in a really uncoordinated, frankly hard to watch group dance. Rather like watching a bunch of […]

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Collective blind spot #3: the equality complex

This blog series has focused on three revolutionary ideas that have slowly turned into dogmas: the faith in the power of rationality and scientific inquiry, individualism, and equality. I am arguing that seeing these enlightenment concepts as “the truth” has created our most dangerous collective blind spots. Equality is the most difficult of these ideas […]

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Collective Wisdom Contemplative Activism Wellbeing

The Art of Building Communities of Practice for Wellbeing and Presence — Reflections on Buddhafield 2019

Buddhafield is colourful festival of 4000 people that many of us in the Art / Earth / Tech community attend annually. It is sober with very clean loos for a week (!) and fun crazy dancing, saunas, exercises and workshops on everything to decolonisation to Buddhist gratitude practice, to skilful flirting (it’s all about appreciating […]