Metaphors for Metacrisis: The Shark, The Boat, and The Pickle

Mar 4th, 2021

Bonnitta Roy, Zak Stein, Ian Christie, and Jonathan Rowson discuss Jonathan’s seminal paper on Tasting the Pickle: Ten flavours of meta-crisis and the appetite for a new civilisation.

The conversation touches on the metaphors used to describe the ‘meta-crisis’ and questions surrounding the archetypal/imaginal nature of the crisis.



Bonnitta Roy is founder of Alderlore Insight Center, a non-profit educational organisation focusing on secondary education and insight training for post-formal learners. She is the Professor in Residence for the MA in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology at the Graduate Institute, and an Associate Editor of Integral Review. You can find Bonnitta on Twitter.

Zak Stein is a philosopher of education working at the interface of psychology, metaphysics, and politics. He has published two books, including Education in Time Between Worlds, along with dozens of articles. He has worked co-founding a non-profit and think tank, teaching graduate students at Harvard, and consulting with technology start-ups. Find out more about Zak’s work here.

Ian Christie is Senior Lecturer in the social science and ethics of sustainable development at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability in the University of Surrey. His other roles include: associate of the think-tank Green Alliance, Fellow of WWF-UK, and trustee of the New Economics Foundation. You can find Ian on Twitter.

Jonathan Rowson is co-founder and Director of Perspectiva. He was previously Director of the Social Brain Centre at the RSA, and is an applied philosopher with degrees from Oxford, Harvard and Bristol Universities. In a former life he was a chess Grandmaster and British Champion. His book, The Moves that Matter – A Grandmaster on the Game of Life was published by Bloomsbury in 2019. You can find Jonathan on Twitter.

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