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Jonathan Rowson
Jonathan Rowson
Philosopher | Director, Perspectiva
Philosopher | Director, Perspectiva
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Dr. Jonathan Rowson is co-founder and Director of Perspectiva. He was until recently Director of the Social Brain Centre at the RSA where, over the course of six years, he authored a range of influential research reports on behaviour change, climate change and spirituality, and curated and chaired a range of related events.

Jonathan is an applied philosopher with degrees spanning a range of humanities and social sciences from Oxford, Harvard and Bristol Universities. In a former life he was a chess Grandmaster and British Champion (2004–6) and views the game as a continuing source of insight and inspiration. His book, The Seven Dimensions of Climate Change: rethinking the world’s toughest problem will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2017.

He lives in Putney, London, with his wife Siva, an academic lawyer from South India and their two sons, Kailash and Vishnu.

His recent work includes Money Talks: Divest Invest and the Battle for Climate Realism and Spiritualise: Revitalising Spirituality to address 21st Century Challenges.

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Emerge
Independent, non-profit media platform sowing the seeds of a new civilisation.


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From the About page on the Emerge website:

Emerge is an independent, non-profit media platform highlighting the initiatives, individuals and ways of thinking that are sowing the seeds of a new civilisation.

We are exploring how to act wisely in a world that seems out of control. We aim to explore the emerging cultural narratives of our time by collecting useful content from across the web, profiling change-makers and thinkers, publishing thought-provoking commentary and producing original videos and podcasts.

Emerge is a hub for people and initiatives searching for solutions to pressing global challenges, asking the question: What new patterns of living, working and existing together are currently emerging?

We are a network and a movement that celebrates people and projects. Our purpose is constantly emerging and taking shape. We offer an invitation to each of us to discover our role in this new story.

Emerge began as a three-day Gathering in Berlin in November 2018 initiated by three non-profit organisations: Perspectiva, London; co-creation.loft, Berlin and Ekskäret Foundation, Stockholm. The gathering brought together pioneers in complexity science, philosophy, spirituality, psychology, sustainability, creativity, and wisdom to explore dynamic solutions to our planet’s greatest challenges and discover new pathways of working, living and creating together.

In 2019, we held the second Emerge Gathering in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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Perspectiva
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Systems, Soul, Society

Build the intellectual foundations for a more conscious society

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We are a research platform that seeks to build the intellectual foundations for a more conscious society – a diverse and plural society awake to itself, united by an awareness of ecological constraints, systemic influences and the development of human empathy and consciousness throughout the lifespan.

We believe the world’s major challenges stem from a crisis of perception and imagination, and the failure of political culture to honour the fullness of reality. We are fascinated by the myriad ways in which our tacitly held worldviews shape our judgement, and how spiritual needs for security, meaning and purpose indirectly create political and economic outcomes.

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Last 50 posts on own channels (YouTube, Podcast, Medium or Website/Blog):

Bringing love from the margins to the centre of life
Published on: 16 Dec 21 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

It’s about Protection, not Safety: why we decided not to send our children to school
Published on: 3 Sep 20 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

It’s about Protection, not Safety: why we decided not to send our children to school (for now).
Published on: 3 Sep 20 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

The Meaning of Sacrifice at Easter
Published on: 10 Apr 20 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

The Meaning of Sacrifice at Easter
Published on: 10 Apr 20 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

The End of Think Tanks and the Beginning of Thinking
Published on: 2 Mar 20 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

How to think about the meta-crisis without getting too excited.*
Published on: 15 Feb 20 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

How to think about the meta-crisis without getting too excited.*
Published on: 14 Feb 20 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

What Chess Can Teach You About Luck
Published on: 15 Nov 19 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

Why do people drink alcohol?
Published on: 6 Mar 19 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

Why do people drink alcohol?
Published on: 6 Mar 19 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

Cultural Indigestion: What we learned and failed to learn from Jordan Peterson’s rise to fame.
Published on: 1 Mar 19 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

Cultural Indigestion: What we learned and failed to learn from Jordan Peterson’s rise to fame.
Published on: 1 Mar 19 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

Brexit, Democracy and the Sacred: Why a second referendum has to be sacrificial.
Published on: 13 Jan 19 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

Brexit, Democracy and the Sacred: Why a second referendum has to be sacrificial.
Published on: 9 Jan 19 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

The Nordic Secret: why personal development may be the key to social democracy
Published on: 17 Feb 18 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

The recurring challenge of your life: how to get from act one to act two
Published on: 2 Feb 18 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

Christmas is about more than consumerism, fa la la la la la la la la.
Published on: 6 Dec 17 in Jonathan Rowson – Medium by Jonathan Rowson

Bell Hooks (1952-2021): The Cultural Politics of Love“My students tell me, we don’t want to love! We’re tired of being loving! And I say to them, if you’re tired of being …Read more
My sons want to go to school. Vishnu is almost five and he’s starting reception at a nearby primary; he is bouncing off the walls at home…Continue reading on Medium …Read more
My sons want to go to school. Vishnu is almost five and he’s starting reception at a nearby primary; he is bouncing off the walls at home…Continue reading on Medium …Read more
Extract from The Moves that Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life by Jonathan Rowson (Bloomsbury 2019). The audio extract of this chapter is available here.In the Christian …Read more
Extract from The Moves that Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life by Jonathan Rowson (Bloomsbury 2019). The audio extract of this chapter is available here.In the Christian …Read more
Image via http://www.humanosphere.org/basics/2014/05/think-tanks-influence-public-policy-influence/In a busy world where people feel the need to place you before you have time to describe yourself, “define or be defined” is a useful motto.But it’s a …Read more
The emergency is about the urgency to act. The crisis is about the need to transform. The meta-crisis is the tenacity of our inertia.Continue reading on Medium » …Read more
The emergency is about the urgency to act. The crisis is about the need to transform. The meta-crisis is the tenacity of our inertia.Continue reading on Medium » …Read more
Even games of skill depend upon opportunityContinue reading on Forge » …Read more
Image of Bacanal de los andrios via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bacanal_de_los_andrios.jpgI live in London, and sometimes it feels like the city runs on coffee and alcohol. It’s relatively obvious why we drink coffee. …Read more
Image of Bacanal de los andrios via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bacanal_de_los_andrios.jpgI live in London, and sometimes it feels like the city runs on coffee and alcohol. It’s relatively obvious why we drink coffee. …Read more
Jordan Petersonitis: Intellectual and emotional discomfort caused by the perceived need to reach an informed view on the significance of Jordan Peterson’s cultural contribution, but being unable to, despite considerable …Read more
Jonathan Rowson in conversation with Jordan Peterson at the RSA on January 16 2018.Jordan B. Peterson is easily misunderstood. He is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the University …Read more
Big Ben is not the only thing in the UK that requires maintenance. Image sourced via https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/uk-world-news/big-ben-scaffolding-14826151We are told the army is preparing to be on standby for a No …Read more
Big Ben is not the only thing in the UK that requires maintenance. Image sourced via https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/uk-world-news/big-ben-scaffolding-14826151We are told the army is preparing to be on standby for a No …Read more
The Nordic countries are not merely cute. There are things going on there beyond the open sandwiches and the charming crime dramas. And whatever their secret is, I’m fairly sure …Read more
You keep saming when you should be changing. — Frank SinatraIn 2015 I chaired an RSA event with Vincent Deary on his book ‘How to Live’ and was struck by his emphasis on …Read more
“I don’t believe in God, but I miss him.” — Julian BarnesChristmas is the season of shallow critique. We lament the commercialisation around us as if it were a seasonal problem, but lurking …Read more
Jonathan Rowson retweeted: @WeertGilders7 I became a GM and wrote a book about what chess taught me about life. It’s a long goodbye of sorts. I haven’t played seriously since 2008, or at all since 2017. The game is still part of my life, but I miss the challenge of playing well. jonathanrowson.me/moves-that-mat… …Read more
Jonathan Rowson retweeted: Quite thrilling for me to know the husband’s book was quoted in the closing ceremony of the #ChessOlympiad2022 in Chennai, where the maternity home I was born in is still functional. twitter.com/premvetrivel/s… …Read more
@PremVetrivel @shahidchess Thanks! …Read more
@DavidHowellGM Coming from an Olympic gold medalist that means a lot! My opening repertoire is mostly forgotten, and about 15 years out of date; and life is full with work and family, but weirdly I do feel the call… Thanks for letting me know. …Read more
@soleparde It’s invariably both/and and the debate is usually about the relative importance in particular historical contexts. It’s also generally threefold rather than twofold. This article might interest you, from about half way down. whatisemerging.com/opinions/now-t… …Read more
@TERendle Felt the move was right immediately before I understood why about 4 seconds later. …Read more
There’s a full moon outside. I’m tempted to scare the neighbours. Part of me wants to go out into the street and howl at it. …Read more
“Don’t tell me to stick to chess until you can first convince dictators and their cronies to stay out of chess.” @Kasparov63 I admire Kasparov’s moral clarity on the election of Dvorkovich as FIDE President, and on the Russian invasion of Ukraine more generally. https://t.co/ny5rARzR60 Quoted tweet from @Kasparov63: Russian propaganda is celebrating a big victory this week. Not in …Read more
“Our role, as George Fox of the Quakers put it, is simply ‘patterns and examples.” – @alastairmci (c1:57) …Read more
@tarunkhaitan @ICON__S I found this argument unpersuasive. Motivated reasoning is a problem, but motivated scholarship is not. You try to decouple truth seeking from power influencing as if they contaminate each other, yet the truth-seeking you valorise is laced with the power you seek to disavow. …Read more
Jonathan Rowson retweeted: @tarunkhaitan @ICON__S I found this argument unpersuasive. Motivated reasoning is a problem, but motivated scholarship is not. You try to decouple truth seeking from power influencing as if they contaminate each other, yet the truth-seeking you valorise is laced with the power you seek to disavow. …Read more
@timpeterwall Hi Tim. Not possible on those dates, so non starter, but thanks for the offer. J++ …Read more
Jonathan Rowson retweeted: The significance of today’s attacks in Crimea is so much more than destroying Russian air cover for the battle for Kherson. That the US signed off on Ukraine striking a target in Crimea is a major game-changer in this war. …Read more
Jonathan Rowson retweeted: One way of distinguishing markets from capitalism is that the former promises to give people the equivalent of what they put in, while the latter promises people more than they originally put in. Britain’s been disguising the latter with rhetoric of the former for 40 years …Read more
Jonathan Rowson retweeted: You now have this insane situation where nobody in public life is able to articulate why some people have ended up with all the wealth, and others are working themselves to the bone and cannot feed themselves. …Read more
Some interesting replies here, breaking down roughly evenly to “Do it!” “Don’t do it!” “Depends on why you want to do it.” https://t.co/zw47mI4x3Y Quoted tweet from @Jonathan_Rowson: I confess that the inspiration of #ChessOlympiad2022 has me wondering if I should start playing chess again. I wrote a book to explain to myself why I had played enough, but I haven’t …Read more
@shahidchess Yes I heard that, but only in outline. I’m curious to know what was said about it and which quotation was used. Grateful if you have any idea. Someone said it was the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary (Minister?) who used it. …Read more
@AndrewJMuir I’m flattered to hear that Andrew, and it might be true, but there are other people in the picture too, and as an actuary I’m sure you know that correlation doesn’t mean causation… …Read more
Finding God in the Rice Pudding. “Consciousness expands by becoming aware of archetypal content…When we allow ourselves to serve in ways that evoke archetypal responses in people we waken up very deep flows of energy in them.” – @alastairmci (c34 mins) youtube.com/watch?v=q2WN_Q… …Read more
@cdutilhnovaes You may know of Iain McGilchrist’s work. In the first volume of his new book, he considers (though not by name) the epistemology of attention systematically, relating how we attend to neurology, attention, perception, judgment, apprehension etc. systems-souls-society.com/insight/perspe… …Read more
@cdutilhnovaes He also connects attention to Science, Reason, Intuition and Imagination. However, the social dimension is arguably underdeveloped. We are creating a podcast series about Iain’s work later this year so if it appeals and you’d like to be part of that, please get in touch. J++ …Read more
The @Realisation2022 festival in June went really well, partly because it began with a scintillating talk by @alastairmci about God, in which rice pudding featured. We both got Covid soon after but met up online as convalescents, with medicine, to reflect. youtu.be/q2WN_QCHYbo …Read more
@WeertGilders7 I became a GM and wrote a book about what chess taught me about life. It’s a long goodbye of sorts. I haven’t played seriously since 2008, or at all since 2017. The game is still part of my life, but I miss the challenge of playing well. jonathanrowson.me/moves-that-mat… …Read more
@AaronQuaAaron @Estdoyle @VitalyBBC @irenatar Such a great clip! I’ve been listening to #Ukrainecast since it started and this was a particularly sublime contribution. …Read more
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