[P2P-F] Fwd: Invitation to the Protopia Lab: Starting a New Conversation

Michel Bauwens michel at p2pfoundation.net
Mon Oct 12 12:36:34 CEST 2020

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From: Smart CSOs Lab <do-not-reply at smart-csos.org>
Date: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 5:34 PM
Subject: Invitation to the Protopia Lab: Starting a New Conversation
To: <michel at p2pfoundation.net>

Our new project is a space to address polarisation in society, pave the way
for global cooperation, and upgrade our civilisation before it's too late.
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October 2020

Dear Michel,

Are you worried about the spiral of polarisation in our societies, and the
dysfunctional public conversation around our most pressing issues? Do you
have the sense that we are increasingly living in very different realities
and ideological bubbles that prevent us from solving problems together?

We believe the time has come to break out of our echo chambers, start a
fresh and undogmatic conversation about how we can cooperate effectively
and upgrade our civilisation to help prevent its collapse.

If these topics speak to you, consider joining the Protopia Lab
We are delighted to finally announce that we are hosting our first workshop
(via Zoom) with an initial group of pioneers on Friday, 27 November 2020
from 2pm to 7pm CET. This will be followed by two follow-up sessions (also
via Zoom) on 11 December and 15 January.
What to Expect [image: The Protopia Lab logo]

The Protopia Lab was inspired by the idea that we can only tackle the
biggest problems of our times, including climate change, if we can stop the
spiralling polarisation across our societies. Only a deep and empathic
understanding of the dynamics that led us to our current societal divide
will allow us to lay the foundations for renewed trust, and a new social

However, this isn’t just something we can do by talking or theorising. We
also have to learn how to have conversations with those who hold different
values to us – whether in our organisations or in day-to-day life. That’s
why we’ve designed this workshop to be *experiential, exploratory and
experimental*. You will learn about the neuroscience, psychology and
physiology of polarisation. We’ll explore which models and cultural
frameworks can help us make sense of the complex ideological realities that
lead to polarisation. Through group conversations, mindfulness practices
and simple mediation processes, you will leave with a greater awareness of
your own cognitive biases and build your capacity for seeing issues from
multiple perspectives.
How to Join

We would like to hear from activists and other change agents who deeply
care about workable strategies for tackling the climate crisis and believe
that we need to think polarisation and ecological transition together. We
especially encourage people with *non-orthodox* perspectives and curious
minds to join.

If you would like to apply to participate, please take 10 minutes of your
time to fill in this questionnaire
23 October*. We would like to make this the most enjoyable and useful
experience for everyone and would therefore like to know about your
motivations and interest in this project. We will select a group of up to
25 participants and confirm participation by 1 November.

You are requested to commit to full participation during all three sessions.
The process

   - Main workshop on *Friday, 27 November from 2pm to 7pm CET*
   - Approx. 2 hours of reading to complete for the next session
   - Follow-up session 1 on *Friday, 11 December from 3pm to 5pm CET*
   - Approx. 2 hours of reading to complete for the next session
   - Follow-up session 2 on *Friday, 15 January from 3pm to 5pm CET*

For this project, we are grateful to partner with and receive financial
support from European Youth Forum
We will ask confirmed participants to make a small voluntary donation to
help cover the remaining costs.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could share this invitation with
people who might be interested, and especially with people who might bring
along fresh perspectives and diverse viewpoints.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Micha
<michael at smart-csos.org>.

Best wishes,

The Protopia Lab Team (Micha, Alexander and Viki)
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