Essays

In the first half of 2021 we’ll be publishing a series of essays outlining our spheres of inquiry and plans for action. All of the following are working titles based on work in advanced draft form, and the schedule may be revised. These essays will be available freely online. Subscribe to our newsletter at the link below to receive them first.

 

January

Tasting the Pickle: Ten flavours of meta-crisis and the appetite for a new civilisation, by Jonathan Rowson

A lightly edited (and possibly abridged) version of Jonathan’s book chapter for the forthcoming Dispatches from a Time Between Worlds: Crisis and Emergence in Metamodernity.

Finding Virtue in the Virtual, by Tom Chatfield

What is this?, by Dan Nixon

Both these essays will form part of the launch of The Digital Ego project and will be linked to that broader endeavour. The first, by Tom, is about the ‘meta-ethics’ of technology, particularly, the need to move beyond tacit assumptions about the legitimacy of utilitarian calculus and deontological rules that are often baked into attempts to operationalise ethics in cultures that are used to coding and problem-solving.

The second, by Dan, is a phenomenological analysis of the experience of using social media. It explores the practice of coming back to the simple question, “what is this?”, over and over again, in relation to all that we encounter with, and through, our digital technologies.

 

February

Why Metaphor Matters, by Hannah Close

A refined version of a research project/literature review from last year on the theory and practice of metaphor/metaphorics/metaphor design, with a particular focus on metaphors of transition and transformation (and their difference) and the challenge of creating new metaphors.

The Entangled Activist, by Anthea Lawson

An extract from Anthea’s forthcoming book by the same title, edited and revised for essay form.

Becoming the Planetary, by Jeremy Johnson

An edited and extended version of Jeremy’s monologue podcast on the subject of ‘the planetary’ which explores why we are increasingly using this term, and what it means to think of the planetary as both very big and very small.

 

March

A Feminist Analysis of the Soul, by Minna Salami

An original essay considering some genealogical aspects of the idea of the soul, particularly reflecting on ways in which is tacitly gendered and whether and when and how that might matter.

When and How Education Makes History: John Amos Comenius, the Pansophic College of Light, and Education for World-System Transformation, by Zachary Stein

An original essay looking analytically and historiographically at the idea we are “in a time between worlds” and considering the relatively underexplored transformative educator John Amos Comenius whom we learn a great deal from about what education means in the context of turbulent changes on a global scale.

 

April

An Anatomy of the Spirituality we Need: Metaphysics, Ontology, Epistemology, and Axiology, by Bonnitta Roy

An extended and edited written version of Bonnitta’s talk here.

On the Importance of Spiritual Intelligence, by Mark Vernon

An original reflection on a distinctly human quality that is overlooked in an age where too much is expected of artificial intelligence.

Temporics, Imaginal, and Logos: New frontiers in spiritual practice and theories of change, by Ivo J Mensch

Foundations of praxis by a former Zen Monk; sketches of our project on innovations in spiritual practice in the world as we find it.

 

May

What do you mean, transformative? Spiritual frontiers in new economic thinking, by Jonathan Rowson

Jonathan’s take on what ‘new economic thinking’ may be missing and why that matters.

What is Emerging?, by Anna Katharina Schaffner

A distilled version or angle on Anna’s thoughts on the Emerge project.