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A free online festival of rebellious ideas and profound experiences. Join some of the world's most pioneering minds as we find new ways to make sense together, experiment and build the future.


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Speakers & Facilitators

Douglas Rushkoff

Named 'one of the worlds 10 most influential intellectuals' by MIT, Rushkoff is a media theorist, writer, columnist and lecturer. Best known for his association with early cyberpunk culture, he advocates for open source solutions to social problems. Watch Douglas on Rebel Wisdom here

Douglas Rushkoff

Nora Bateson

Award-winning filmmaker, research designer, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute based in Sweden.

Watch Nora on Rebel Wisdom here 

Nora Bateson

Daniel Schmachtenberger

Co-Founder, Neurohacker Collective

Futurist, Systems Theorist and star of Rebel Wisdom's 'The War on Sensemaking'

Daniel Schmachtenberger

Jamie Wheal

Jamie Wheal is the world's foremost expert on group flow and transformation. He is also an experienced mountain guide and will share tips for understanding the crisis, and personal and group resilience. See him on Rebel Wisdom here

Jamie Wheal

John Vervaeke, PhD

Cognitive Scientist at the University of Toronto and creator of the groundbreaking YouTube series 'Awakening from the Meaning Crisis'. Expert in the study of wisdom, mindfulness, a meditation practitioner and teacher. Watch John Vervaeke on Rebel Wisdom 

John Vervaeke

Dr. Rosalind Watts

Clinical Lead, Imperial College London Psilocybin for Depression trial. Clinical Psychologist and pioneer of the psychedelic therapy model ‘Accept, Connect, Embody’

Watch Rosalind Watts on Rebel Wisdom here

Rosalind Watts

Jordan Hall

Jordan Hall is a futurist and entrepreneur. Years of experience working with think tanks like the Santa Fe Institute has led him to the conclusion that humanity is in the midst of a world historical transition which could go either way. See Jordan on Rebel Wisdom here.

Jordan Hall

Dr Tia Kansara

Tia is a multi award-winning entrepreneur and economist, and the youngest to ever receive the Royal Institute British Architects honorary fellowship. She is the co-founder of Kansara Hackney Ltd, and CEO of Replenish Earth, a cause and a collective action to protect the global commons.

Tia Kansara

Greg Thomas 

CEO of the Jazz Leadership Project, Greg is an expert on how jazz can be used for collective intelligence. He has written about culture, race, and democratic in the Village Voice, Salon and The Observer. He's lectured on US cultural history and jazz at Columbia, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Hamilton College and Harvard. 

Greg Thomas 

Erik Davis, PHD

Erik Davis is a writer, scholar, journalist and public speaker whose writings have ranged from rock criticism to cultural analysis to creative explorations of esoteric mysticism. See him on Rebel Wisdom here.

Erik Davis

Dr. Shama Rahman

Scientist, artist, creative technologist and futurist. CEO of Neurocreate and Artistic Director of Jugular Productions.
Shama's immersive workshops use AI and Neuroscience in a symbiotic digital design to enhance human creativity, performance and wellbeing.

Shama Rahman

Tim Booth

Tim Booth is a singer, dancer and actor best known as the lead singer from the band James. He is an experienced teacher of ecstatic dance and a highly regarded 5Rhythms instructor.

Tim Booth

Alex Evans

Alex founded the Collective Psychology Project in 2018. He is the author of The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough? a book about the power of deep stories to overcome political polarisation and unlock systemic change. Watch him on Rebel Wisdom here

Alex Evans

Jewel Kinch-Thomas 

COO and Co-Facilitator of the Jazz Leadership Project, Jewel is an expert on enhancing personal creativity, communications skills, leadership & group synergy. Using jazz and jazz methodology, this workshop offers a fun, improvisational approach to collective sensemaking. 

Jewel Kinch-Thomas

Carl Miller

Carl Miller is the author of 'Death of the Gods' and researcher at Demos, a think tank based in London, where he co-founded the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media in 2012.

Carl miller

Jules Evans

Bestselling author of 'Philosophy for Life' and 'The Art of Losing Control'. Policy Director at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary and organiser of the London Philosopy Club. See Jules on Rebel Wisdom here

Jules Evans

Karen Lee Downes

Founder and CEO of The Flourish Initiative. Her workshop will explore what it means to lead with grace, from the core of our values, honouring both the feminine and masculine qualities we all possess, and to follow our own inner moral compass

Karen Downes

Pippa Evans

An award winning Improviser, after co-founding Sunday Assembly, Pippa began combining her love of improv with transformative life skills and created the course Improv Your Life. Working with Perspectiva, Pippa is exploring how improvisation enables us to explore intersubjectivity and presence. 

PIPPA EVANS

Tom Morley

Tom Morley is a drummer and teambuilder. One-time rockstar member of the band Scritti Politti, he now uses his skills to create instant connection and teamwork.

Tom Morley

Dr. Gail Bradbrook

Co-Founder of Extinction Rebellion & environmental activist  

Gail Bradbrook

Pamela von Sabljar

Facilitator & co-initiator of the Nordic Women's Gathering. Pamela's workshop invites you to go beyond what separates us and explore connection. Centred around the question 'how we can turn this time of crisis into the greatest love story on earth?'

Pamela von Sabljar

Adam Wilder

Adam is a connection and intimacy coach. He is founder of the Togetherness movement and known for creating Shh! Dating, the worlds first non-verbal dating experience . 

Adam Wilder

Carl Faure

Carl Faure is a master yoga teacher and creator of the Stretch yoga community in East London. A former DJ and music producer, he now dedicates his life to helping others transform their lives.

Carl Faure

John Thompson 

Co-Founder of Circling Europe & co-Inventor of Surrendered Leadership,  John is one of the world's leading Circling facilitators; a powerful relational-technology that creates a sense of deep personal and collective trust. 

John Thompson

Sara Ness

Sara Ness is a facilitator and community organiser, an expert in creating resilient communities to deal with difficult situations. She is the creator of Authentic Revolution.

Check out: Resilience in Time of Crisis

Sara Ness

Peter Limberg

Peter is a writer and podcaster. He hosts The Stoa and and is an Adjunct Researcher at the University of Toronto’s Consciousness & Wisdom Studies Lab.

Peter Limberg

Nicola price

Nicola Price is a talented breathworker, the creator of Inspirational Breathing, where she teaches people to use the power of the breath to transform their health, happiness and resilience.

NICOLA PRICE

The Festival is a participatory event designed to encourage all of us - participants, speakers, organisers - to move beyond a 'broadcast' mode and into a self-organising, participatory way of coming together.

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Alexander Beiner 

Alexander Beiner is the co-founder of Rebel Wisdom, leading on written content and live events. He gives talks and writes about the intersection between transformative practice, mythopoetics and popular culture, and is one of the directors of Breaking Convention

Alexander Beiner

David Fuller

David Fuller is the founder of Rebel Wisdom. A journalist and filmmaker with the BBC, he also trained as a counsellor and facilitator, and created Rebel Wisdom's media channel in 2018 to bring a deeper level of insight to culture and sensemaking.

David Fuller


What is the Rebel Wisdom Online Festival?

Many of us have a sense that the old is dying, but the new is yet to be born. The institutions we’ve relied on to make sense of the world are unravelling at an ever faster rate, assaulted by new technologies and renewed tribalism. We now find ourselves in a 'post-truth' world that clouds our search for purpose and meaning.

We are living through an accelerating and momentous shift in the human story, one that will test us to our limits. Rebel Wisdom has been exploring this new landscape for the last two years, finding the most insightful and pioneering thinkers to plot a path forward. We've discovered that what's needed isn't just a shift in what we know, but in how we know, and who we are. We need to reconnect to the innate human capacities that have been blunted and manipulated by the modern world.

The above paragraphs are unchanged from when this Festival was an in-person event in London. Now that we are all facing and responding to coronavirus, we have moved this festival online and believe the need for it is more relevant than ever. That's why we're making the Festival donation-based and the films of the talks available if you sign up to get access to our members area

As well as visionary speakers, the Festival will include online workshops to help us develop our innate capacities and tap into different ways of knowing, including mindfulness, breathwork, Circling and other tools. These ways of knowing are becoming more important than ever in developing our resilience and our ability to work together in crisis. 

This is a gathering where we can come together to practice, learn, build community and create connections. Join some of the most compelling and relevant voices from the channel coming together to create a festival of ideas, embodiment and collective intelligence.

Schedule and Logistics

The Festival will begin on Saturday 30 May at 2pm London time / 9am New York / 6am LA and finish each day at 11pm London / 6pm New York / 3pm LA.

Click here for the full schedule or scroll down

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Our Ethos

At a time of unprecedented global crisis, our intention with Rebel Wisdom Festival is to ensure that you leave not just with new ideas, but with new skills. As a participant, you will choose your own experience at the Festival. You might want to spend your time watching talks, discussing taboo topics in facilitated groups, practicing techniques that develop your discernment and sovereignty, or a combination of all of these. Whether you prefer to engage with ideas, or are more interested in learning techniques of embodiment and transformation, you will find something for you.

All the talks and the workshops are designed to help us make sense of the world, navigate our own minds and relationships so that we can adapt and evolve – we believe that levelling up in this way is an essential part of meeting the huge changes ahead of us.  

We are designing the Festival with a participatory ethos at its heart; while you are welcome to sit back and observe, there’s an open invitation to get involved, connect with others who share similar interests (or those we disagree with), and see what we might be able to build together moving forward.


The Format

The Rebel Wisdom Festival will be divided into three distinct but interwoven tracks; Sensemaking, Meaning and Imagined Futures. Talks, workshops and discussion groups following these tracks will run throughout the weekend. As a participant, you have the choice to follow your own compass and find what you need. Likewise, it's our hope that the process of doing so sharpens your unique perspective so that you can share it with the other participants - speakers and facilitators included. 

Sensemaking

If we can't make sense of the complex world we live in, we don't know what actions to take, what values to hold on to or how to agree on truth together. This is especially true when faced with a broken information ecology; one in which profit-centred algorithms and bad actors make it increasinly difficult to tell truth from lies. The talks and workshops in this track are designed to help us develop our discernment and learn to make sense more clearly so that we can move forward in an intelligent and healthy way.   

Meaning

The threat of existential risk, social collapse and a crisis in meaning have brought many of us to exploring new techniques to help us see clearly and connect with each other. This track will feature talks on psychedelic science, innovative technology, psychology and more. We will have workshops running on breathwork, Circling, mindfulness, movement, music and the best in transformational technology.

Imagined Futures

What do we need to meet the considerable challenges we face as a species? An essential part of looking at this question is our ability to zoom back far enough to understand the complex, interweaving systems we’re a part of. This track will include speakers talking about complexity, systems change, existential risk & what it might mean not to fall back into 'business as usual' after this crisis.


Line-up (all times in BST / London time) 





Recap of the Rebel Wisdom Summit in 2019

The Rebel Wisdom Summit was our first major event and sold out within a few weeks of tickets going on sale, so to accomodate more people we've developed the Rebel Wisdom Festival, taking place in May 2020. If you'd like to register your interest early, please get in touch using our contact form. In the meantime, we have an exciting series of events planned for autumn 2019 which you can read about here.

What was the Rebel Wisdom Summit all about?

When our existing ways of thinking break down, it's the rebels and the renegades, those who dare to think differently, who need to reboot the system.

We are going through a time of enormous and accelerating change. Our institutions, our value systems and even the way we make sense of the world are crumbling. At the same time, social media is pushing us further and further into ideological camps, and many of us feel we can’t fully express ourselves.

The rebels recognise that these old structures have to die for the new to be born. They embrace uncertainty and see hope in chaos.  

The Rebel Wisdom Summit is a new kind of event; an immersive, participatory, evolutionary conversation bringing together four of the most rebellious thinkers in the world to help us find a path through the chaos of the times.

Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying are evolutionary biologists. They are members of the recently coined informal 'Intellectual Dark Web', a group of thinkers trying to have difficult conversations that are absent from the mainstream media. They bring a deep desire to create a better world, while understanding that the tools we have been given are our evolutionary toolkit. In particular that we are hardwired for tribalism, and that we have to repurpose our biological hardware to survive. See the Rebel Wisdom film, 'Having a real conversation' for more.
 
Psychiatrist and philosopher Iain McGilchrist is increasingly being recognised as one of the most profound and challenging thinkers of our age. His book 'Master and Emissary' was a sensation, in it he drew a clear and compelling story of how the history of the western world was best viewed as a gradual takeover by the rational, logical left side of the brain, eclipsing the more holistic right brain. We believe his work offers a hope of integrating many of the divisions in today's culture. A short animation of his thought can be found here.
 
And futurist Jordan Greenhall has built a reputation as something of a modern oracle with his 'Deep Code' essays, making sense of an increasingly chaotic and unpredictable world. His analysis of the Trump insurgency in the wake of the 2016 election went viral (read here), and he has followed it up with some of the most insightful explanations of the kind of thinking - and specifically collective intelligence - required to find solutions for our most pressing problems. This is almost certainly his only public event this year. He outlines his thought more clearly in this conversation on Rebel Wisdom. 

As the old collapses, we’re entering a new and very different phase in culture and politics. What that might eventually look like, nobody knows. But in order to get there, we’re going to need a new kind of wisdom; open-minded, nuanced, and above all, rebellious.

What we Told People to Expect

Rebel Wisdom is a media platform and retreat organisation. The Summit is the first of a new type of experience we’re pioneering; one in which we take the techniques we teach in our retreats – including mindfulness, self-inquiry and active listening – and combine them with the cultural conversation we’ve been curating through our films. We believe this combination could inspire a new way of talking about culture, politics and society that hasn’t been seen before.  

The Rebel Wisdom Summit is an invitation to join the cutting edge of a new cultural conversation. We are capping it at 150 attendees in order to keep the environment intimate and generative. As well hearing four brilliant speakers on the main stage and having a chance to ask them questions, you will break off into small groups led by a facilitator in order to discuss the issues brought up by the speakers in a safe environment. 

The day has been carefully designed to help us to come into 'flow' together. Flow is a specific neurological state that brings us into close connection to one another; one in which new ideas come in a cascade from our unconscious minds. When we’re in flow, we see in a new way; winning the argument ceases to matter, and instead we become very present to what truths, patterns and new insights are arising between us.

Attend the Summit if you are already a rebellious thinker looking to meet others, if you want to gain new insights into cultural issues, or you’re if you’re curious by nature. Whatever your background, this is a unique experience in which you’ll learn from some of the most engaging thinkers in the world. It’s also an opportunity to go to the very edge of your own understanding, so that together we can pay attention to what’s trying to emerge right now.



Twitter:

  • New film out now - is 'unlearning race' still possible in 2020? @fullydavid speaks with Thomas Chatterton Williams @thomaschattwill twitter.com/fullydavid/sta…
  • We're in the midst of an archetypal eruption that can't be explained away through reasoned debate. What are commentators like Sam Harris missing from their analyses of the culture wars, and how do we find a way forward? New essay by @AlexanderBeiner: rb.gy/prtamx
  • What the f*ck is going on? We have a new series premiering in 20 minutes asking this question, exploring how we arrive at truth and make sense of reality. Starting with a look back at one of the attempts to answer the question, the Intellectual Dark Web. youtu.be/VkKnOEQlwl4
  • RT @jgreenhall: I just published Defund (and redesign) everything. link.medium.com/5YfZbCFW96
  • Greg Thomas, scholar of Black American issues & integral theorist, discusses current events through an integral lens with @AlexanderBeiner, exploring what it means to have a compassionate, nuanced and honest conversation around race and identity youtu.be/QRkXzv89GPw

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