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Crypto: can these financial perpetual motion machines work?

Does crypto technology “magic” allow it to transcend the principles of economics? The current crypto-economy is booming. A huge amount of money is circulating, and on the surface it appears many are gaining huge returns on their crypto investments. As one now infamous piece of crypto popular culture puts it, the line just keeps going […]

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Ecosystem Mapping Institute

Mapping Metamodern: Psychotherapy

This post is the sixth 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 “Psychotherapy is the informed and intentional application of clinical methods derived from established psychological principles for the purpose of assisting people to modify […]

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Ecosystem Mapping Institute

Mapping Metamodern: Alternative Governance

This post is the fifth 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 For many communities around the world, faith in their government and governing processes is absent. In the face of this, and in pursuit […]

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Ecosystem Mapping Institute

Mapping Metamodern: Alternative Economics

This post is the fourth 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 Doughnut Economics The “Doughnut” is a visual framework for sustainable development which combines the concept of planetary boundaries with the concept of social […]

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Mapping Metamodern: Permaculture

This post is the third 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 At its root, permaculture means taking natural ecosystems as the model for our own human habitats. “Natural ecosystems are, almost by definition, sustainable, […]

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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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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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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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Sustainable Wellbeing

The Politics of Sustainable Wellbeing: A Primer

Sustainable well-being (SWB) ─ the notion that wellbeing is our top priority and future generations’ wellbeing should be as good or better than ours ─ is an obvious organising principle for our society. However, the climate action/sustainability and wellbeing movements do converge on this message. On the whole, climate debate does not center discussion of […]

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Sustainable Wellbeing

Conservative Planning for Social Well-being

True conservatism involves planning for storms on the horizon. The conservative assumptions required of financial planners allow them to help plan for clients’ financial welfare in all reasonably forseeable scanarios. This means being pessimistic about how rosy the future will be. Yet a different and perhaps unfortunate use of the term “conservative” prevails in climate […]