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Contemplative Activism: A Primer

We are proposing that contemplative awareness, skills and practices can inform our responses to our collective cultural process of deep and lasting change. We set out some of our initial ideas in our first paper. Here we are exploring in more depth that some of the proposals might mean. There are some ways in which […]

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Contemplative activism calls – a reflection

We do not do any thing revolutionary or ground breaking. We just sit and listen to each other on zoom. And we feel together and sense together and think together. There is something magic about sitting together contemplating mystery- the unknown and unknowable. The mystery of each of our lives. The mystery of how we […]

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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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Letting go of Being Enlightened

It is strange for me, at this time, to be putting the last touches on a paper on collective wisdom, which argues that to navigate the future well, we Westerners must grapple with our deep attachment to some of our foundational ideas. Is now the time when we start to truly realise that, when we […]

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CANCELLED: Contemplative Activism ‘drop-in, drop-out’ at Bidston, Liverpool

The Invitation We are hosting our second event of Art Earth Tech’s contemplative activism initiative, a “drop-in, drop-out” at Bidston Observatory (a lovely space for artistic exploration outside Liverpool) from March 14th to March 29th. The gathering is an open invitation, and very reasonably priced (£15 a night), so please forward this invitation to anybody who might be […]

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Contemplative Activism Recap

Contemplative Activism Gathering: Recap and Takeaways from Our First Gathering Just previous to Christmas, Art Earth Tech hosted a gathering on a subject that could almost be oxymoron in our culture – contemplative activism. Thankfully, a great set of people saw promise in this idea and came along – activists from Extinction Rebellion and Transition […]

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Contemplative Activism Primer: the pre-gathering read

This primer is written by our collaborator, Naresh Giangrande. In our upcoming retreat we will explore how contemplative awareness, skills and practices can inform our responses to our collective cultural process of deep and lasting change. I set out some initial ideas in a paper with Liam – Contemplative Activism What it is and Why It’s […]

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Our hub in Bergerac: a practice in the art of dwelling

“One of the basic human requirements is the need to dwell, and one of the central human acts is the act of inhabiting, of connecting ourselves, however temporarily, with a place on the planet which belongs to us and to which we belong.” Charles Moore for Junichiro Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows In the recent […]

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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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The Case for Contemplative Activism: why, why now, and what are we offering?

We are proposing that contemplative awareness, skills and practices can inform our responses to our collective cultural process of deep and lasting change. These changes are now being rapidly forced upon us. We are having to confront as a society, collectively and individually, the end of our way of life due to the breakdown in […]