Sylvie Barbier is a French-Taiwanese performance artist, entrepreneur and educator. She co-founded Life Itself to build a wiser future through culture, space and community.
Sylvie BarbierArtist and Co-founder
Rufus Pollock is a Founder of Open Knowledge, an award-winning international digital non-profit. Formerly a Shuttleworth Fellow, the Mead Fellow in Economics at Cambridge University.
Rufus PollockTechnologist and Co-founder
Liam Kavanagh is a cognitive scientist who studies how our body and feelings interact with our thoughts, both within the individual and within social groups. Liam studied Economics at Cambridge University, and holds a PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Science from UCSD.
Liam KavanaghResearcher and Co-founder
Theo read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, and holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. His single greatest drive is to do the most good he can in the world, resulting in his spending probably a bit too much time ruminating on what it means to live a good life. When he’s not philosophising Theo is an avid martial artist, having competed in both western boxing and muay Thai and also regularly training in Brazilian jiujitsu. Despite his love of fighting he remains a committed pacifist in his day to day life, and is just as confused by this seeming contradiction as everyone else.
Theo CoxHead of Delivery
Karl is a visionary cultural catalyst with over 25 years experience facilitating personal and collective transformation across North America, Europe and Asia. His clients range from non-profits, intentional communities and ecovillages, to universities, governments and Silicon Valley tech companies. Having designed and directed programs in Integral Sustainability for the University of Massachusetts at Findhorn Ecovillage (Scotland) and Auroville (India), as well as supporting the development of dozens of ecovillage and community projects worldwide, Karl has a passion for co-creating hubs for the evolution of consciousness and life-enriching culture. He is a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication, and a Level 1-3 trained practitioner of Internal Family Systems therapy, as well as having extensive training and experience facilitating collective trauma healing, restorative justice, aikido, and meditation.
Karl SteyaertHead of Transformational Programmes
Nathen Fitchen is a freelance digital marketing expert who works specifically with social enterprises and non-profits creating a better future. He is the co-founder of Wildfeet Productions, a digital media group and is a full-time digital nomad. On his travels he has lived in many communities, co-living spaces and other alternative living situations. He is a trained permaculture designer and has a degree in Earth Sciences from University College London. He loves outdoor adventure sports, cooking, and caring for animals.
Nathen FitchenHead of Communications
Catherine studied English at the University of Cambridge (UK) before completing a joint M.A. in Cultural Narratives at the University of Guelph (Canada), University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), and University of Perpignan (France) as an Erasmus Mundus scholar. During her master’s she explored the role that art and literature might play in cultivating ecological responsibility, and she's interested in what it means to be a responsible human being in a web of interspecies interdependence.
Eilidh studied Law at the University of Oxford before moving back home to Scotland to gain an MSc in Media, Communications and International Journalism from the University of Glasgow. Prior to joining Life Itself, Eilidh has worked as a researcher with the University of Dundee, an assistant editor with Radio Clyde and a Digital Media Officer for the COP26 Coalition. Outside of work, Eilidh enjoys music – from folk, to musical theatre, to country – and can often be found exploring the Scottish countryside with her Great Dane, Selkie
As Hub manager Ilja makes sure the residents of the Berlin Hub have everything they need to be a living example of a wiser, weller world (and enjoy themselves while they're at it). He combines knowledge in areas such as sustainability and facilitation with a generous curiosity for life.
Ilja MaiberBerlin Hub Manager
Charley is a practicing psychotherapist who also engages in podcasting, facilitation and research. He is fascinated by new approaches to understanding and healing the human mind, and holds a deep interest in the relationship between individuals and their environment.
Alongside being a culinary adventurer, a food activist and a tenzo (a zen cook in the Soto Zen tradition), Valerie is the Guardian of Life Itself's daily practices. She enjoys sitting in the uncertainty and is passionate about helping communities to awaken their enthusiastic collective heart through shared practice. She lives life according to her mantra: together, together, all together!
Esther is an inspiration to all who have ever felt that perhaps society could work differently. She has lived in a wide range of intentional communities, from Scotland to India to Ecuador. Her deep interest in education as a process of inner growth, in harmony with others and with nature, means she has devoted her life to understanding human wellbeing and development. Having used her knowledge to educate her own children, she now creates gatherings to help families give to their own children the chance to grow with confidence and develop their potential. Over the past five years she has worked closely with the Plum Village Community, participating actively in the children’s program at the summer retreat for families.
Esther MontmanyChild Development Expert
Berlin Hub Residents
Lauren is the hub’s resident Bioeconomy Geek. She is urbanist, futurist, and optimist with interests in climate justice, grassroots organizing, and social infrastructure development. She is a graduate of The Bartlett School of Planning at UCL, where she received her MSc in Sustainable Urbanism. Her thesis examined opportunities to implement a city-scale circular bioeconomy from food waste and she aims to make urban symbiosis ‘a thing.’ In 2020, Lauren founded Climate Action Community, an organization that advocates for and supports community-led climate action initiatives. You can get in on the action at @climateaction.berlin.
Lauren UbaProject Manager and Sustainability Educator
Sen is the Hub Spaceship’s Science Officer, unintentional Clown, and occasional General Senghis Zhan. She is committed to lifelong learning, making stuff, and amplifying under-represented voices through podcasting. Sen’s background is in Occupational Therapy, and she brings her transcultural perspective from having lived in China, Canada, and Germany. Sen is the host and producer of the Beyond Asian Podcast (www.beyondasian.com), a series of biographical stories of Third Culture Asian lifelines. Her vision of the future is pillared by conscious co-living, self-examination, and openness to being changed by the currents of Life.
Sen ZhanPodcast Host and Producer
In real life, Inna is a systems innovator and just transformation facilitator with over a decade of experience in strategic management consulting and a dual Master’s in Finance and Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. At the Hub, she is a maverick weaver, blending the polarities into a magic carpet of care, co-creation and self-development, catalysing innovation and transformation on both individual and collective levels.
Inna ChilikSystems Innovator
Sekar applies his skills in the field of Green Aviation. Born in India, his native language is Tamil. When he's not working or cooking, he enjoys exploring cultures and countries.
Thanasekaran GopalAeronautical Engineer
Esteban is inspired by the possibilities that a more conscious and wholesome relationship with tech can bring to society; he writes, consults and creates in this space. He’s also passionate about fostering real community and exploring how we can create a wiser world together.
Mark trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in Bedford Square. Together with Poppy they work to create worlds using experiences as a medium. They are the designers behind the Life Itself London Hub.
Mark (Mark & Poppy)Architect
Poppy trained as a fashion designer at London College of Fashion. Together with Mark they work to create worlds using experiences as a medium. They are the designers behind the Life Itself London Hub.
Poppy (Mark & Poppy)Fashion Designer
Jonathan Ekstrom co-organised the first Life Itself Gathering. He has formed The Biodiversity Consultancy to bring real-world solutions to industry’s biodiversity challenges. Jon holds a Double First in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD in ecology.
Ninon Godefroy grew up at La Cheraille, worked in renewable energy and education in Asia and Africa and studied public policy at the University of Oxford. She is a co-founder of Life Itself and is now working in education in Taiwan.
Ninon GodefroyCo-founder of Life Itself
Joseph is based in Brighton. He is the Assistant Director of the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC’s student initiative and is the co-founders of the Open Access Button. He also supports preparations for Open Access Week and OpenCon in addition to leading OpenCon’s community.
Joseph McArthurCo-founder of the Open Access Button
Pat is an artist and passionate actor. This picture was taken while lamenting the gods for his lousy movie career; it is his daily practice. He used to run the Hub and is proud of his role in building a loving Community family that people want to be part of.
Laurie Parma is the founder of LifeCloud, a wellbeing consulting and education company. As a Cambridge scholar of psychology, behavioural science and neuroscience, interdisciplinarity is the core of her approach to human flourishing.
Laurie ParmaFounder of LifeCloud
Cecile is a freelance photographer and award-winning documentary filmmaker based in London. She is a previous member of the London Hub.
Tom is a fully qualified architect with an interest in co-living and previous member of London Hub. He is co-founder of WooWoo, a website helping Londoners discover well-being practices. Tom is also a mindfulness practitioner, composer and Ecstatic Dance DJ.
Richard is a film maker and producer. He is a friend of Life Itself and has helped document some of our past Gatherings.
Richard MillingtonFilm Maker
Omri Baumer is a technologist with vast experience in software design and development. He was selected as a Technology Expert by Harvard Business School and is experienced in building developer communities. While growing up in northern Israel, Omri became fascinated with the future of real-estate.