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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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Transforming the Narrative as a Route to Social Transformation (Situation, Complication, Question, Hypothesis – SCQH)

We’ve just completed our Situation, Complication, Question, Hypothesis (SCQH) for the ‘Transforming the Narrative’ stream of our work. We’re posting it here to show the thinking behind what we’re up to, and of course to hear feedback and reflections from anyone who’s interested! The structure of “situation, complication, question, hypothesis (SCQH)” is a methodology we […]

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Qi Gong – The Eight Precious Exercises

Whether you’re a beginner, an expert, or just wanting to try something new this isolation period, here are the eight precious exercises of Qi Gong to help loosen your mind and body in these times. Excerpts taken from The Power of Ch’i by Geoff Pike. Preparation: We are ready to begin Pa Tuan Tsin. You […]

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Synthesis and the Middle Way

We seek a middle way, a synthesis … Synthesis Spritual Material Intuition Rigour Creativity Analysis Beyond language Language Idealistic Pragmatic Collective Individual

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Techno-solutionism

Rufus and I are starting a mini research project on “Techno-solutionism” – What we see as the (oft-fallacious) belief that “Tech” (alone) can solve our hard societal problems. We plan to gather examples of Techno-solutionism in a couple of specific areas such as democracy / trust and global warming / environment. For example: The belief […]

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Examining ‘The Way We Live Now’: What do we really want?

Leading up to The Gathering at the end of July we are sharing weekly blogposts written by Art Earth Tech Institute members Rufus Pollock and Liam Kavanagh. This week’s post is a follow up on ‘The Way We Live Now’ and the questions that examination lead them to ask. Photograph by Sarah Hickson Examining ‘The Way We Live […]

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The Way We Live Now

Leading up to The Gathering at the end of July we are sharing weekly blogposts written by Art Earth Tech Institute members Rufus Pollock and Liam Kavanagh. This week’s post is titled ‘The Way We Live Now’ and is a reflection on the world’s current situation and its shortcomings. Photograph by Sarah Hickson The Way We Live Now […]