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 teaches insight practices for individuals who are developing meta-cognitive skills, and hosts collective insight retreats for groups interested in breaking away from limiting patterns of thought. She teaches a masters course in consciousness studies and transpersonal psychology at the Graduate Institute. Find out more here.

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. Zak is a long time meditator, musician and caregiver, which has shaped him more than any professional engagements. Find out more here.

Ian Christie is a trustee of Perspectiva. He’s Senior Lecturer in the social science and ethics of sustainable development at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) in the University of Surrey. Find out more here.

Jonathan Rowson is a writer, philosopher and chess Grandmaster. He is co-founder and director of Perspectiva, a research institute that examines the relationships between complex global challenges and the inner lives of human beings. Find out more here.

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