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Patricia Morgan Wed 19 Jul 2017 12:47AM

Hi Everyone its great to connect with you virtually here in Loomio and looking forward to seeing you in the flesh next month. Here is my bio for your interest:

In my early work as a performance and video artist I explored the ways that my abstract trance videos might induce relaxation. This led to postgraduate research into the impacts of environment on health, and on to a community arts practice. After working in therapeutic communities in New Zealand for five years I moved to Australia to develop and implement health education programs with Save the Children, Papua New Guinea. After finishing this contract I received an Australian government scholarship to complete an interdisciplinary PhD in Contemplative Education. My PhD, which examines pre-conceptual experience in contemplative education, is the first of its kind in Australia, and it led to contract research and teaching in contemplative education, transformative learning, contemplative ethics, law, mathematics and art, and mindful leadership. I have been an invited speaker at a number of universities in Australia and the USA and in 2015 I completed a fellowship at the Mind and Life Institute, Massachusetts where I researched ‘contemplative methodology’. In 2016, I was a research fellow on the Heart of Health project, examining the effectiveness of meditation for nurses in a number of the large hospitals in Sydney, Australia, and I currently research systemic change in large organizations at UNSW, Sydney. Most recently, after reflecting on the economic rationalism driving tertiary education in Australia I have become aware of the need for systemic change and have been working with the Co-operate Sydney and the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) groups in Australia. I am currently facilitating the Subjective Experience in the New Economy working group for the upcoming NENA conference in September 2017: https://neweconomy.org.au/about/working-groups/subj-experience/ and curating a video of interviews with individuals working at the nexus of subjective experience and the New Economy.


George Pór Tue 15 Aug 2017 7:06AM

Hello fellow contemplative commoners!

The software didn't let me paste my bio sketch, so I post it as attached file. Hope you can open it.


Christine Wamsler Thu 17 Aug 2017 10:46AM

Hello, everyone – it’s great to connect with you! 

I am happy to be part of this networks since I am working on the issue of inner transition in sustainability science, practice and teaching (cf. Wamsler et al 2017). I am particularly interested in researching the role of mindfulnesss for sustainability, with focus on mindful climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

I am Associate Professor in Sustainability Science at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) in Sweden, former Co-director of the Lund University Centre for Societal Resilience, Research Fellow at the Centre of Natural Disaster Science (CNDS), and Honorary Research Fellow of the Global Urbanism Research Group at the Global Development Institute (GDI) of the University of Manchester.

At LUCSUS, I am responsible for the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program, which includes both research and teaching activities on contemplative practices and sustainability. In this context, during 2015-2016 I have integrated an experimental learning lab on mindfulness in sustainability science, practice and education into two Master’s level courses at Lund University. The lab was developed and conducted in cooperation with the Student Health Centre and five students. In addition, I have recently designed a new Master’s level course titled ‘Inner Transition and Sustainability’.

Regarding my academic and professional background: I am trained as an Architect, Urban Planner, and International Humanitarian Aid worker, I hold a PhD on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, and a postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) in Sustainability Science. I have been working at different academic institutions (in Sweden, Germany and the UK), and as an International Consultant for various organizations (e.g. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the German, Austrian and Belgium Red Cross, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Swedish Organization for Individual Relief (SOIR/IM) and various local NGOs).

Related news, links and references:
• Personal webpage: http://www.lucsus.lu.se/christine-wamsler
• Contemplative Sustainable Futures Programme: http://www.lucsus.lu.se/research/urban-governance/contemplative-sustainable-futures
• Recent academic publication: Wamsler C., Brossmann J., Hendersson H., Kristjansdottir R., McDonald C., Scarampi P. (2017) Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice and teaching. Sustainability Science. Open access: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11625-017-0428-2
• Forthcoming publication: Wamsler C., Brink, E. (2017) Mind the gap: The role of mindfulness in adapting to increasing risk and climate change (forthcoming).
• Recent popular science article titled "What is the link between sustainability and mindfulness?", published in Lund University Research Magazine: http://www.researchmagazine.lu.se/2017/05/09/what-is-the-link-between-sustainability-and-mindfulness/
• Recent article in The Conversation titled "How mindfulness can help the shift towards a more sustainable society": https://theconversation.com/how-mindfulness-can-help-the-shift-towards-a-more-sustainable-society-79127
• First mindfulness-sustainability framework: First framework for analysing the mindfulness-sustainability nexus. See Wamsler et al. 2017.
• Learning lab: During 2015-2016 an experimental learning lab on mindfulness in sustainability science, practice and education was integrated into two Master’s level courses. The lab was developed and conducted in cooperation with the Student Health Centre and five LUMES students. See related information in Wamsler et al. 2017.


Patricia Morgan Sat 19 Aug 2017 2:27AM

Hi Christine @christinewamsler It is great to read about your work and I'm sorry I couldn't make it to the workshop to hear more! Some years back I was involved in a contemplative environmental art practice and I integrated a little of that into my PhD on the contemplative state of consciousness in education. Here is a little about my work in contemplative education: www.thecontemplativeacademy.com The fieldwork I did in this area showed how significant contemplative creative experience in nature was for positively changing people's relationship to the natural world. My work has shifted somewhat into contemplative education and the idea of the contemplative state of consciousness as a fundamental stage of learning - I'm presenting on findings from that early research at the AELA conference in November here in Australia: https://www.earthlaws.org.au/ I've also been thinking about the connections between subjective contemplative experience and the new economy/the commons and am currently facilitating the working group - the subjective experience in the new economy working group for the NENA conference coming up in September: https://neweconomy.org.au/about/working-groups/subj-experience/ I hope to come to another contemplative commons workshop and looking forward to connecting then. All the very best with the wonderful work you are doing. Kind Regards, Patricia


Peter Doran Tue 29 Aug 2017 10:31AM

I was delighted to meet everyone in Potsdam and look forward to contributing to the formation of our collaborative platform, notably our Association.

I am a lecturer at the School of Law at Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland, focusing on the 'attention economy' and the commons. My background includes stints as a researcher in the parliaments in both Belfast and Dublin, and activism in fields ranging from resistance to the arms trade in Derry, ethical investment and the circular economy. I am also politically active with one of the larger political parties on the island of Ireland.

I am particularly keen to support or participate in research bids touching on our shared interests in:

  • The contemplative commons ('mindful commons')
  • The Attention Economy and critical approaches to contemplative practices
  • Engagement with the commoning communities, practices and critique

I have just published A Political Economy of Attention, Mindfulness and Consumerism: Reclaiming the Mindful Commons ( Routledge 2017).


Natasha Gjorevska Sun 17 Sep 2017 4:26PM

Hello everyone,

I'm happy to connect with you and to be part of this network. Unfortunately, I couldn't come to meet you in Potsdam, but I'm looking forward to the next opportunity!

Briefly about me:
I'm a PhD student at Corvinus University of Budapest, Department of Organizational Behavior. I'm currently working on developing my dissertation topic and methodology, and I intend to do research on the topic of workplace spirituality and well-being. In connection to this, my interests include: meaningful work, mindfulness, individual, organizational and societal well-being, spiritual leadership, compassion and transcendental motivation. At the moment I'm in a early stage of my research, still struggling to get published :) so I'm open for collaboration, if anyone is interested.

As a side note - I'm yogi and vegan, hence my interest to incorporate the personal lifestyle into the work life, instead of separating the two. I believe that what we do in our private life and at work matters, and we cannot justify the work behaviors with the profit imperative any longer, nor separate it from who we are in our private life.
I must say that initially I intended for my research to be more of a critical management approach, but I was not encouraged to do so, therefore I still consider how to 'carefully' introduce this topic within the discourse of management and organizations in my community of researchers.


Patricia Morgan Mon 18 Sep 2017 10:22PM

Hi Natasha @natashagjorevska I read your introduction with interest and think your work sounds fascinating. I work in the area of contemplative inquiry and education so I'm not sure if what I am about to suggest will be helpful for you but I was recently at the New Economy Network Australia conference https://neweconomy.org.au/ where I met Peter Westoby whose work may be of interest: http://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/1365
He also introduced me to a group that he works with called the Proteus Initiative: http://www.proteusinitiative.org/current-and-coming-programmes-workshops-and-courses
While someone else introduced me Inner Transition from the Transition Movement: https://transitionnetwork.org/do-transition/inner-transition/ If you'd like to send me your email address to: p.morgan@unsw.edu.au I can also introduce you to Robin Krabbe who is a member of the working group I facilitate: https://neweconomy.org.au/about/working-groups/ and doing some great work in Tasmania that may be of interest to you, plus her PhD will I think be of interest to you. By the way you would be most welcome to join our working group: Subjective Experience in the New Economy. Kindest Regards, Patricia


Natasha Gjorevska Tue 19 Sep 2017 7:12PM

Hello Patricia, thank you for your kind comment. I have sent you an email. :) Best wishes, Natasha


Michael Kimball Fri 26 Jan 2018 3:07AM

Hello everyone, I am a "Johnny Come Lately" to this wonderful group. I thank Zack and Patricia for inviting me. Here's a bit more about me:


Patricia Morgan Fri 26 Jan 2018 10:01PM

Hi Michael @michaelkimball thanks for your introduction - work work sounds fantastic and I look forward to hearing more about it! Kind Regards, Patricia


Panayotis Antoniadis Fri 16 Feb 2018 11:28AM

Hi all! Nice to be here. I learned about this group from an experimental piece written by Enzo and Don for the issue CITY of Journal of Peer Production: http://peerproduction.net/cfp-jopp-special-issue-11-city-abstracts-due-31-january-2017/, which I co-edit and which will be published soon :-)

I have contributed also this book chapter in the recently published book by Enzo and Jack: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-66592-4_13

More information about me: http://nethood.org/panayotis/


Patricia Morgan Sat 24 Feb 2018 2:34AM

Hi Panayotis great to e-meet you and thank you for sharing this information! All the best, Patricia


Sophie Jerram Sun 11 Mar 2018 6:36AM

Kia ora @patriciamorgan! Thanks for inviting me in @vincenzogiorgino. I am an arts curator and community activist based in Wellington New Zealand, drawn to commons thinking by Michel Bauwens in 2010 from an encounter at several arts festivals. Contemplation is a big part of artistic practice. I have been running a public art agency, www.lettingspace.org.nz and www.urbandreambrokerage.org.nz, both of which are around shared spatial environments and artistic practices that create them.

I have also had long involvement in social enterprise startups and was a founding director of Loomio's parent company. Professionally, I'm working with architecture and spatial activism and currently undertaking a PhD through University of Copenhagen and Victoria University of Wellington. Lovely to 'meet' you all here.


Patricia Morgan Sun 11 Mar 2018 7:15AM

Hi Sophie @sophiejerram really nice to meet you here, I'm a New Zealander living in Sydney and am a member of Enspiral (not active at the moment) and a member of Mindfulness for Change a group you may know of as they are a part of Enspiral? I was a working artist for 20 years - many of which were spent in Wellington - so amazing all of our connections! I too am very interested in contemplative art: http://www.thecontemplativeacademy.com/arts.html linking my history in the arts and my academic work in contemplative inquiry. I agree with you about the arts and contemplation I think there is a direct correlation between the contemplative and creative state of consciousness! Your work sounds really interesting and all the very best with everything that you're doing, including your PhD. I may be in Wellington in the next month or two so it would be great to meet in the flesh? All the best, Patricia


Sophie Jerram Mon 12 Mar 2018 12:17AM

Thanks Patricia. Ahhh Mindfulness for change. Perhaps I've been too mindless in the past to connect in there. I'm noticing how academic research pushes me to be both less action-oriented (and more thoughtful) but also less intuitive (and somehow less contemplative)... Lovely to see your website. Please contact me when you are in Wellington. I will be in Europe again in April but still based mostly in Wellington.


Patricia Morgan Mon 12 Mar 2018 11:23PM

Hi Sophie @sophiejerram here's a link to the MfC website: https://www.mindfulnessforchange.co.nz/ I went to one of their hui's in 2016 but haven't been able to engage much since then, but I am thinking of coming home so hope to be able to be more involved then. I was interested to read your reflections on academic research - I feel that it significantly changed my consciousness - tightened and loosened in different ways! When are you back from Europe? Looking forward to meeting one of these days soon. All the best, Patricia


Sophie Jerram Tue 13 Mar 2018 7:09AM

Thanks Patricia, lots of familiar faces in that line up, thanks for the prompt. Back in mid-May if you visiting then.


Adrien Labaeye Mon 12 Mar 2018 4:37PM

Hi everyone! I met Zack virtually after reading his abstract on commoning and changing ontologies for the AAG conference, and met Thomas Bruhn a few times in Berlin.
I have been working (as PhD researcher and practitioner) on the role of digital commons in reclaiming urban space as a commons. In my intellectual path I slowly moved towards using commoning, as it avoids a naturalist understanding (Ostrom) of what commons are ("the commons was never a resource", V. Shiva) and anchoring my work in the diverse/community economies research agenda. In my work/practice I have observed that commoning practices are limited by two obvious factors:

  • the fact that (wanna-be) commoners are still operating with the dominant ontology of separation: subject-object, human-nature, etc.
  • the world of institutions, rules, norms, business models and practices, is also shaped by this ontology of separation, where resources (tangible and intangible) can be extracted from their regenerative ecosystem and commodified.

So the questions that I would like to explore in the coming years through action-research, art, and self practice are the following:

  • What tools, resources, practices are available for supporting individuals to embrace commoning?
  • What communities, networks are intentionally working towards a transformation that reaches that ontological depth (e.g. Pachamama Alliance)?
  • What (convivial) technologies (soft and hard) can support individuals and communities in this path of transformation? (e.g. open source online collaborative decision-making like Loomio?)

In parallel I am training in and practicing Movement Medicine which is a mix of meditation in movement and shamanic practices with a touch of Gestalt therapy. This path has been very transformative in my experience of the everyday. It speaks to me because it applies to a very personal and intimate level an understanding that healing lies in acceptance, reconnection, and emphasizes reciprocity as a compass for interpersonal relationships. It is operating in an ontology inspired from indigenous cultures from the Amazon and elsewhere, that has been adapted for westerners. I find it being a powerful tool to rewire my system.

Looking forward to exchange with the community!

Another community I am part of https://communityeconomies.org
My online profiles: https://twitter.com/alabaeye https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Adrien_Labaeye
Pages I maintain: https://ediblecities.net/ https://transitionlab.wordpress.com/ http://u.osmfr.org/m/179965/


Patricia Morgan Mon 12 Mar 2018 11:26PM

Hi Adrien, @adrienlabaeye Welcome to this loomio site - I really enjoyed reading your introduction and am very interested in what you point to here about applications of theory/research. Looking forward to hearing and reading more.
All the best, Patricia


Vincenzo Giorgino Tue 13 Mar 2018 7:31AM

Hi Adrien,

thank you for your contribution. I am sure it will stimulate other friends to intervene... as well as myself quite soon!