Journey To Nutopia - A Better World Is Possible!

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Sun 27 Sep 2020 to Mon 30 Nov 2020

Journey To Nutopia - A Better World Is Possible!

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JOURNEY TO NUTOPIA is an open conversation about positive future narratives that refute the inevitability of global dystopia. Currently held on Zoom. 
 

Next Up:   
MAYBE LOGIC 2020 Sunday
 27 September, 7pm
Navigating Conspiracism, the Wilderness of Mirrors and Chapel Perilous with High Weirdness author Erik Davis

Hosted by Michelle Olley
Guest poets: Verity Spott and Dolly Rae Starcore
 

 
 
As the pandemic adds another ingredient to the current stew of economic, ecological and ontological anxieties and paranoias, we are joined by High Weirdness author and counter-public intellectual, Erik Davis, to talk about:
 
  • Conspiracy theory's role in the current consensus reality crisis - as discussed in his article The 'Wilderness of Mirrors' (read it HERE)
  • Chapel Perilous 2020 (if you know you know and if you don’t know - come find out)
  • What we can take from the toolbox of 20th century writers/seekers/’madmen’ like Terence McKenna, Philip K Dick and Robert Anton Wilson to help us navigate the digitally disrupted uncanny valleys of the now.
 
We’re thrilled this month to also be joined by a double bill of spoken word/poetry c/o 21st century writers/seekers/visionaries: Verity Spott and Dolly Rae Starcore.
 
Verity Spott’s poetry books include Gideon, We Will Bury You, Click Away Close Door Say, and Hopelessness, as well as a book of Sappho translations. Verity co-runs poetic knees up "Horseplay" (now in its 15th year), sometimes plays music and even more sometimes makes theatre. Writings can be found HERE
 
Dolly Rae Starcore has been Dolly Turing and works in poetry, sound, play, magic, transcendence. They have been published by Datableed, Hesterglock, The Winter Olympiks, Litmus and Ignota. A poem of theirs was once described as “a bold anthem” in The New Statesman (wtf). Their book Play Stance comes out on Polyversity Press later this year. See Dolly’s work at  Outsideinroads and on Bandcamp

Links for Erik Davis:

Erik’s latest book, High Weirdness on strangeattractor.couk
 
For recent articles/thoughts subscribe to his Substack stream
 
Listen to his podcasts/archive on techgnosis.com
 

 
Plus, Journey to Nutopia’s Richard Norris has been busy/out of the picture for a bit working on the new album Elements, which is out now. ‘Tis a thing of beauty: Have a listen on Bandcamp.
 
 
There are periods of history when the visions of madmen and dope fiends are a better guide to reality than the common-sense interpretation of data available to the so-called normal mind. This is one such period, if you haven't noticed already.” Robert Anton Wilson
 
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GREEN SHOOTS Friday 14 August, 7pm


Centring the Climate Crisis to Build Back Better -  with Jamie Kelsey & Claudia Egypt

If we don’t slash the carbon emissions in the next five years we’re going extinct. Just Sayin’.

The anthropocene will not be reversed by the Bag for Life scheme. 71% of CO2 emissions from the past 30 years come from 100 petro-chemical companies. Fossil fuels are literally killing us.

How do we turn this tiny pause in business as usual into something more… evolved? It’s not like we don’t have the science - or the will at an individual level. But to move to a more sustainable future, collective action - activism - is clearly still, urgently needed. What does that mean in August 2020, with a global recession already building a head of carbon-fuelled steam? Well, Extinction Rebellion will be back, September, 1st to peacefully blockade parliament/s until their demands are met - and we are thrilled to be joined by one the key figures in the movement ahead of their next big push.

Jamie Kelsey is a champion for positive change with tales from the frontline aplenty. He has been involved in climate activism for twenty five years, flowing from the free festival Stonehenge movement in the 80s into the reclaim the streets movement, the anti globalisation movement that culminated in J18 (aka the Carnival Against Capital) in the U.K. and the fin de siècle Battle of Seattle in California. Jamie was part of the Climate Camp movement from Kingsnorth onwards, helped start Reclaim The Power and founded Talk Fracking with Vivienne Westwood. He’s been one of the founding figures in Extinction Rebellion since its declaration on Oct 31st 2018 and is currently working on Citizens’ Assemblies on the climate emergency. He is contributing editor for New Internationalist and helps run a thriving community democracy group. His tarot card has always been the Fool. Follow Jamie on Twitter @JamieKelseyFry

Plus, we have the incandescent Claudia Egypt with a rainforest-inspired poem.

“Once we start to act, hope is everywhere” Greta Thunberg

'We Want To Live!' - The Rebellion returns to Parliament on 1 September amidst warnings of a 4°C world

 

 


SOUL MINING Friday 10 July, 7pm

For our July event, host Michelle Olley was joined by spiritual adept and digital sage, Vinay Gupta.

 Vice Magazine described Vinay in 2015 as ‘The Man Whose Job It Is to Constantly Imagine the Total Collapse of Humanity in Order to Save It’.

 Ultraculture’s Jason Louv described him as ‘Hindu tantric, Bucky Fuller-style engineer and blockchain evangelist’

When the 'rona arrived, it was Mattereum CEO Vinay Gupta’s Twitter threads we hit up first. Not only for a bigger picture reading, but for the baseline, practical, what-to-do-now of the societal breakdown, bog roll wars of the situation.

As we move into the ‘end’ of the UK’s first wave of the corona crisis, with restrictions and financial support receding, how can we build something new without bringing with us the obsolete, self-serving baggage of the 20th century? Or the 18th, for that matter?

Vinay Gupta’s recent essay Cutting Through Spiritual Colonialism is a khanda blade through a ton of that baggage. We will get into the rags and the riches of that essay and suppose around some ways forward that don't suck.

Vinay has never been afraid to grasp the nettle - but he also knows where to find the burdock…

Plus, tending to our wounds and lifting our spirits with Spoken Words of wonder we have Festival 23 co-founder Tim Holmes, AKA poet Buddhist Punk.
 

 

 


PESSIMISM IS FOR LIGHTWEIGHTS Friday 5 June, 2020


With the lockdown starting to ease, we are entering a new, liminal phase between the old and the new ‘normal’. Are we ready, to paraphrase Ghandi - to be the change - above and beyond the claps and rainbows?

To discuss where we’re at, how we got here and where we could be going, Nutopia host Michelle Olley was joined by cognitive historian and author, John Higgs and poet and author, Salena Godden.

As well as bringing a fresh perspective to the past/collective memory, John Higgs has a history of exploring possible futures. He’s also the man who coined the phrase Pessimism is for Lightweights. Salena Godden took that phrase and turned it into an inspirational poem, inspiring us, in part, to begin the Nutopian project.

To see more of Salena’s work, check out her latest EP, released earlier this month HERE. All proceeds to NHS Charities supplying PPE and mental health support for key workers.

 


SHADOWS OF TOMORROW Thursday 14 May, 2020

Many possible futures that were unimaginable in December now lie before us. What comes next? What do we want to keep and what do we want to discard from the ‘old normal’? And how much agency will we have in those shifts?

To discuss some possible outcomes good, bad and unpredictable, Nutopia host Michelle Olley was joined by futurist and cultural strategist Adah Parris and author and LSE Politics and Communication professor Baart Cammaerts.

Conversation + Q&A.Plus, poetry from The Wonderists, featuring Moksha & Tommy Calderbank.

“Chaos” - as the salty Game of Thrones character Little Finger famously said - “is a ladder.”

"The future is up for grabs. It belongs to any and all who will take the risk and accept the responsibility of consciously creating the future they want.” Robert Anton Wilson
 

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