Emergent design: A critical skill for our time

1st Nov 2014 - 10:52 -- Justine Huxley

Like many others, we have been thinking about how we can take the learning, connections and inspiration from the New Story Summit forward. Having digested the elements of learning to do with conference process, Debbie Warrener (who ran our summit hub), myself and others at St Ethelburga’s will be offering a post-NSS experiment. Our aim is to bring people together to harvest what we have learned about designing emergent process.

My tentative journey into the new story

14th Oct 2014 - 19:48 -- Angharad Thain

Wednesday night marked the first instalment of our Re-awakening the Sacred series, the second year St Ethelburga’s has run the programme.  The series is a journey exploring how we can connect with a shared sense of meaning and reverence for life in times of crisis and transition, and how we can bring the sacred back into our daily lives in all areas and disciplines.

The New Story Summit: A tale of knowing and unknowing

5th Oct 2014 - 22:49 -- Justine Huxley

I’ve just returned from the New Story Summit - a long overdue gathering of those involved in the global grassroots movement for systemic change. We came from all over the world, over 350 people from the fields of peacemaking, new economics, ecology, organisational change, community building, evolutionary biology and the arts.

Keeping the energy for peace

3rd Oct 2014 - 12:18 -- Angharad Thain

It is difficult to find the words to describe how horrific and tragic the last few months have been for global conflict, destruction, pain, and collective human suffering as we have watched regions collapse right before our eyes. We have seen communities turn against each other, both abroad and here at home in the heart of London. Identities have hardened, antisemitism and islamophobia have increased.

On the Centenary of the First World War: Remembering, learning and transforming

4th Aug 2014 - 17:14 -- Justine Huxley

Andrea Paul and Sanat Misra write:

Today marks the centenary of the First World War. On the 4th of August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany after the latter rejected an ultimatum to leave Belgium by midnight on Monday (August 3rd).  The war was expected to be a short affair, “over by Christmas”, and thousands of British men had volunteered to fight. But, after 20,000 deaths in the first two weeks, expectations had to be revised. 

Peaceworker year: Finishing up

31st Jul 2014 - 09:53 -- Angharad Thain

It is somewhat surreal sitting in a café in North London writing this last journal letter about an incredible year. It seems about five years ago we were sitting in Woodbrooke during our induction last August, and yet it could also be five minutes. This letter contains reflections on my experiences, emerging thoughts about the nature of peace and my next steps over the coming year!