Somewhere beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
Welcome to the Cloud of Unknowing, a collaboratively self-organised speaking platform hosted by Cat’s Cradle.
Cat’s Cradle is a living ecology and a beautiful space held by Paul Capel and his wonderful crew. We’re delighted to welcome them into our Off Grid family.
Our Cloud of Unknowing is format is made possible by talented facilitators and conscious participants, with no experience required accept that of your own unique journey. By challenging ourselves to listen attentively and share openly, we hope to deliver empowered, solutions-based feedback which may be actualised both individually and collectively.
Meanwhile, Permanent Culture Now is a online media platform supported by a community of like minded folk. They’ve kindly agreed to support this open-ended experimental process through the production of digital content which will be made openly available online following Off Grid in 2014 in order to help share our learning with a wider, global audience.
There will be seven sessions during Off Grid in 2014. These will begin on Thursday with an exploration of three converging perspectives on our political process, offered by a) an organiser b) an activist and c) a co-founder of the Green Party. We’re asking whether a different kind of political process is possible or indeed inevitable, as well as beginning to shape it and describe this emerging trajectory.
Friday morning will focus on the Journey, offering perspectives on our individual and collective narratives and describing some of the archetypal patterns (or fractal geometries) which we might observe, as well as the looming potential of spontaneous evolution / healing / cooperation on a personal and planetary scale.
Then a session on the psychedelic experience hosted by the folk behind Breaking Convention, designed as an opening through which we might explore convergent scientific and spiritual models of consciousness which better integrate non-rational and multi-dimensional experiences. How might these models be embedded in our culture, to help nourish our everyday lives?
Saturday will be a little more practical, focusing on new economics, social enterprise and open cooperative and collaborative forms of organisation which are now effectively integrating capitalism and beginning to transcend it’s obvious limitations. So we’re asking how – here and now – can we listen and act to shape new models which make the old ones obsolete?
Finally, Sunday will zoom in and focus on Thoulstone Park and nearby Frome, both of which are currently incubating precedent setting initiatives which might yield breakthroughs relevant to a global audience over the coming years. We’d like to invite Off Grid’s community to actively engage with this process.