Perspectiva seeks to understand the relationship between systems, souls and society in a time of crisis, and to develop methods, grounded in an applied philosophy of education, to help us meet the challenges of our time.
As part of this broader endeavour, Perspectiva Press will specialise in short books of between 20,000 and 50,000 words, with occasional longer works. These books will be beautiful, well-presented and distinctive. Their purpose is to shape and share thinking that helps to:
Create a community of expert generalists with skills of synthesis and epistemic agility
Envisage a world beyond consumerism, and pathways for how we might get there
Support sociological imagination in a dynamic ecological and technological context
Cultivate spiritual sensibility; clarifying how it manifests and why it matters
Encourage a more complex and systemic understanding of the world
Commit to going beyond critique, by developing vision and method
Indicate how we can do pluralism better; epistemic, cultural, political, spiritual
Clarify what it means to become the change we want to see in the world
Increase the authority of people doing important work aligned with Perspectiva
It is unusual for a charity like Perspectiva to become a publisher, even a small one, but we value books as dignified cultural artefacts with their own kind of analogue power, and we believe ideas travel further and connect more deeply when they are rooted in the mandate of a publication designed to last for years, not merely moments. We also saw a gap in the market for books that specialise in the kinds of integrative and imaginative sensibilities that speak to the challenges of our time.
The World we Create: From God to Market by Tomas Bjorkman
To be published in 2021
Unlearn by Hanno Burmester
A compass for societal transformation, arising from the personal testimony of coming out in the shadow of Nazi Germany.
The Entangled Activist by Anthea Lawson
A seasoned campaigner on how your sense of power and possibility changes when you realise ‘getting the bastards’ is not working.
Collective Wisdom in the West: Shadows of the Enlightenment by Liam Kavanagh
A Cognitive Scientist and Contemplative on the nature of ‘collective wisdom’ and what we need to do to get there.
The Politics of Waking Up by Indra Adnan
A psychosocial therapist on refashioning politics by meeting people where they are.
Dispatches from a Time Between Worlds: Crisis and Emergence in Metamodernity
Authors include Jonathan Rowson (ed), Layman Pascal (ed), Zak Stein, Bonnitta Roy, Daniel Gortz, Lene Rachel Andersen, Sarah Stein Lubrano, Minna Salami, John Vervaeke & Christopher Mastropietro, Tom Murray, Mark Vernon & Jonathan Jong, Siva Thambisetty, & Brent Cooper
Forthcoming in 2021
Planned publications already well underway that we aim/hope to submit in Q1/Q2 of 2021, for publication Q3/Q4 2021:
Becoming Wiser in Hindsight (PhD with new introduction) by Jonathan Rowson
Exousiance: Reimagining power in the world as we find it by Minna Salami
Planetary Mythopoetics by Jeremy Johnson
A Transformative Philosophy of Education by Bonnitta Roy
John Amos Comenius: the most important thinker you’ve never heard of by Zachary Stein
Covers will be designed by Studio Sutherl&