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Social Paradigm Shifts: A Pre-Survey of the Literature

One of the core components of Life Itself’s theory of change is that, if we are to address the polycrisis facing us as a civilisation, we must bring about a new social paradigm. This phrase, in common parlance, is expansive in its connotations and can be understood in a number of different ways: everything from […]

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Deliberately Developmental Spaces: a key to addressing the Metacrisis?

The piece reflects Life Itself’s experience with practically creating developmental spaces in the last five years as well as our research, discussions and engagement with many others. We especially acknowledge ongoing discussions with Tomas Bjorkman and colleagues (whose terminology, borrowed from Robert Kegan’s ‘Deliberately Developmental Organisation’, we have unashamedly adopted and built on) as well […]

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Announcing the next Imaginary Society Forum with Jeremy Lent

We are excited to welcome acclaimed author Jeremy Lent to the next online Imaginary Society Forum on 9th September 2021. The Zoom session will run for 1.5 hours starting at 5pm CEST/11am EDT. The Forum will see Life Itself co-founder Rufus Pollock discuss with Jeremy his work and its implications for humanity’s future, before giving […]

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Culturology Ecosystem Mapping

We’ve published our ecosystem snapshot report

For some time now, we’ve been interested in better understanding the ecosystem that Life Itself exists in. After some preliminary research, we’re excited to share our initial map and snapshot report, which we’ve dubbed the State of Sensemaking. There’s lots more work to be done, both to uncover more organisations in the ecosystem and understand […]

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Culturology Ecosystem Mapping

An expedition to explore the new land of “culture-making”

We know there are individuals, organisations and initiatives around the world who share the values, principles and vision of Life Itself. We know that many of them are trying to create change, often by attempting to change the culture — a form of culture-making. But that is more or less all we know about this […]

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Culturology

Voir

Dear You, May you look into yourself and see the world. May you look into the world and see yourself. May you act on your dreams and fall in love with unexpected beauty. May you discover and penetrate the magic of what it is to VOIR. Art for me is an act of connection between […]

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Notes on David Sloan Wilson’s Darwin’s Cathedral

Fascinating book. Its argument for the functional role of religion has much to offer for our own interest in “re-spiritualising society”. The detailed grounding of religious belief and organisation in evolutionary group-selection and the rich set of examples are the analogy of neuroscience (and positive psychology) for buddhist ontology: a modern scientific and utilitarian grounding […]