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Cultivating an Emerging Paradigm

By Tomas Björkman and Rufus Pollock. Tomas Björkman is a social entrepreneur, philosopher and co-initiator of Emerge. Rufus Pollock is co-founder of Life Itself. This piece was cross-posted in Emerge, 27.1.2022. Introduction This piece is a result of a collaborative dialogue between Tomas Björkman (Ekskäret Foundation) and Rufus Pollock (Life Itself). We’d like to thank […]

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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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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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Beloved Sangha, Thank you

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Hope 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 Cycle of Completion and Creation
Or, a funeral for the past is key to creating a new future

There is a movement in the air with an urgency to create new narratives for our civilization. At Life Itself, we believe this is a central dimension to a wiser, weller world. Recently, we have been working on this at Untitled with Demos Helsinki. In the process we have noticed something. As we tried to […]

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Know Yourself

In our last Creative Practice Call we wrote a “Love letter to the future” dedicated to our grand children. Below is a powerful letter by Harry Bonnell. We are offering our Morning Creative Practice calls every Thursday 7:30- 8:30am (UK). First one starts on the 11th of June until the 16th July. Book yourself for £35.  Know […]

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Love Letter to the future

In our last Creative Practice Call we wrote a “Love letter to the future” dedicated to our grand children. Below is a beautiful touching letter by Juliet Cochrane. We are offering our Morning Creative Practice calls every Thursday 7:30- 8:30am (UK). First one starts on the 11th of June until the 16th July. Book yourself for £35.  […]

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Crisis: A wise response

Newsletter March 2020 In this edition we cover:  The opportunities and lessons to take away from Coronavirus Essay: Outbreak by Charlotte du Cann  Blog: Letting go of being enlightened by Liam Kavanagh Practice Books Events (online)  AET update Prayer This offering from Art Earth Tech is curated to bring you a selection of wise goods themed differently […]