The Lighthouse Café & The H3 Laboratory
A relaxed space to meet and explore significant ideas and themes in a welcoming atmosphere, with people from around the world.
A 90 minute exchange from various perspectives.
The Culture Wars
date tba 2021
Tug of war between H1 and H3 ? Or fabricated outrage by the purveyors of commercial media ? Some things transform the world, others sell books.
Postponed until later !
The Space that Matters
September 29 2021
Redundancy , resilience, that extra part that seems inefficient is actually more important than you think.
H3Lab is an occasional guided exploration of the intelligence of the body and beyond : hosted online by H3Uni
No Upcoming Labs
The H3Lab is a new venture under construction summer 2021.
Our next café September 1 2021
Synchronicity. Throw the spills in the air. Spill the tea on the chair. Drill a hole in a rock on Mars to see what’s in there. What is Synchronicty and what’s happening right now?
Wednesday June 2nd, 2021
Why stay safe when you can risk it all ? Lose friends and acquaintances by talking about religion !
But not in the Lighthouse … all topics are fit for discussion and no relationship is at ris
Wednesday 5 May 2021
Back for more Variety, we are taking a 3rd look at this topic, this time from a somewhat less intellectual standpoint : what does vareity feel like, and how might it contribute to spiritual or artistic aspirations?
Wednesday 21 April 2021
Back by popular demand, it’s Variety II (and Requisite Variety)
Wednesday 10 March 2021
What does heart mean to you? Do we have a common sense of heart? How exposed are we to what heart can signify. Heart the organ, heart the emoticon, heart the herald angles sign … investigations of a different grammar
Wednesday 24th Febuary 2021
What is safety? What is safe? How much safety is too much? Could this be an 80/20 paradigm?
Wednesday 10 Febuary 2021
What is the common factor, what are the commons? How do manage that which is commonly held ?
Wednesday 20th January 2020
What is it to be a citizen, and may we choose our citizenship?
Can there be a citizen of the 3rd horizon?
The Three Horizons
Wednesday 16th December 2020
The future present in the prensent, what is the 3rd horizon?
Wednesday 2nd December 2020
Observation : “The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” –Jiddu Krishnamurti
Wednesday 11th November 2020
Value, as opposed to fact, but also depending on it, or is it the other way around ?
Wednesday 21st October 2020
What is Emergence? Is this an Emergency ?
Wednesday 7th October 2020
Music of the spheres, music as the food of love, dancing in the streets. What is this music of which you speak
Wednesday 16th September 2020
Creativity : “Creativity is part of human nature, it can only be untaught.” –Ai Weiwei
Wednesday 15th July 2020
If we don’t even know what time is then what can synchronic mean ? Just saying … Who knows ? “Coincidence in your life is the inability to see what really matters” — Stafford Beer. Perhaps it is via synchronicity that we can see our lack of understanding of time ?
Tuesday 23rd June 2020
Maturarana and Varela’s coining of the term “autopoiesis” in 1980 is still echoing on and we would welcome especially folks who have some personal stories to share … as is the nature of Autopoiesis.
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
It’s the easiest thing to ignore, but the most important thing to remember … Ecology. We’ll take the opportunity during this café to talk about Dr. Tony Hodgson’s Cosmic Ecology, which will be presented later in the year in fuller form.
Tuesday 12th May 2020
What is Authority and where does it come from? Who is an authority on what ? Join us for this café and with all the wisdom we can bring to bear, let us question “authority” together !
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
What loaded word is this? The feeling of a presence in an otherwise empty room, is one thing … the recognition of presence when in a tight spot, another. There / Not There … can it be as simple as that? Who will be present at the café on Presence … signing up, sitting down and logging on might no be enough.
What else is needed for presence ?
Wednesday 25th March 2020
When different patterns meet they blend. What is the result of the blending of patterns ?
Harmony considers the combination of patterns and the emergence of a subsequent pattern greater than the sum of its parts. Or does it?
Wednesday 19th February 2020
Far or near? What does tension say to you? In this lighthouse café our topic tension may lead to disagreements, but if so … tension would have spoken! So don’t be shy to speak your mind, or to speak its opposite?
Wednesday 22nd January 2019
What can be said about chaos? The truly chaotic defies description, or does it? Can we make a dog’s breakfast of chaos and still come out winners?
Wednesday 18 December, 2019
**Note date change**
Fiction needs preparation, scripting and, most importantly, it needs to have no operational isomorph in the “real world” or does it? Off we go clambering in the branches of make believe in our final café of the year.
Wednesday 20 November, 2019
If knowing in advance how a subject will end up is important to you … then you will find no safety at the Lighthouse Café. However, as an ordered arena which allows for the unscripted, it’s a fairly safe place
Wednesday 16 October, 2019
What does pattern mean and entail? Is it as simple as repetition? Patterns can be a support, but they can also be a prison. Four blokes walking across a zebra crossing is not the same as four blokes dressed as zebra crossings doing hard time.
Wednesday 18 September, 2019
Is freedom the same as lack of constraint? Or is it something else? Is freedom a response? An aim? It’s hard to say much more about freedom without tying it down, and nobody in their right mind would dream of doing that. Or perhaps someone might!
Wednesday 3 July, 2019
Hope is a substance, but what do we do with it? To some extent hope gives solace, but solace can breed inaction and hope turn to its opposite. How to make hope? Is it like making fire?
Wednesday 22 May, 2019
Sign up for this café, that’s one thing. But are you actually going to show up? That is something else. Its very existence depending upon people being there, showing up becomes not only a topic but a … statement.
Wednesday 24 April, 2019
Complex is not the same as complicated. There is something less arbitrary about complexity. But what is that?
Wednesday 20 March, 2019
What happens before something happens? An event approaches; is it met with anticipation, or with nothing? Are there degrees of anticipation? Can anticipation be automatic?
Wednesday 20 February, 2019
One thing becomes something else: transformation. What is the scope of transformation for a given thing. How can it be induced or undertaken. Is real transformation, a complete change, possible?
Wednesday 23 January, 2019
How much experience can I realistically pay attention to? What difference arises from the choices that I make? Becoming aware of one’s state of awareness has implications for future consciousness.
Wednesday 12 December, 2018
Purpose is aim? Intention? Role? A discussion about what it means to do something “On Purpose” as well as what different kinds of purpose there might be.
Wednesday 21 November, 2018
Where does power reside and how does it operate? What is real power. Is power just force? How does power manifest itself. What is powerful?
Wednesday 17 October, 2018
Wisdom of the age, age-old wisdom, … wisdom in crisis. A discussion of what wisdom was, is, and might be. How to recognise it? ow to How to get it?
Wednesday 19 September, 2018
Narrative, a description taking place in time? a story.? What is narrative for us today and how do different narratives of the same event, phenomenon or circumstances interact?
Wednesday 23 May, 2018
What is needed for resilience in a world that grows ever more networked and yet more brittle, divided and unpredictable? Join us to explore this third horizon topic.
What is Sacred ?
Wednesday 25 April, 2018
What does this notion mean for us today?
December 19, 2017
What is viable in nature? And in a third Horizon?
November 21, 2017
Anger: Its uses and pitfalls.
October 24, 2017
What is it? How is it formed?
September 19, 2017
Its focus, content and boundaries
Wednesday June 30th, 2021
Kaja Kippenberg will lead this exploration of gender through indigenous perspectives
A talk by a leading researcher in the chosen topic followed by discussion facilitated by Dr Anthony Hodgson.
Access is by invitation (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Currently there are no Colloquia scheduled, but check out the Course Calendar and see below for past topics
The Delta Project with Cole Williams and Joel Van Kuiken
Wednesday March 24, 2021
How to become something you can’t see?
This date is tentative, we hope to have a presentation of the Delta Project
H3Uni Collegium : Dialogic Design and Effective Decision Making with Peter Jones
‘My talk and discussion will be based on my Contexts of Cocreation article in the Springer series last year. We’re using the evolved Christakis dialogic design process in teaching and engagement illustrated by our recent work with students on the Özbekhan Predicament of Mankind from the Club of Rome exercise.’
H3Uni Collegium : Thinking Positive Futures in a Dystopic World with Alfonso Montuori
H3Uni Collegium : Future Digital Technology – Master or Servant? with Peter Kawalek
H3Uni ColloquiumTuesday February 4th 7:30 pm UK time
Peter Kawalek is Professor of Information Management and Director of the Centre for Information Management at Loughborough University
A Search for New Perspectives : Third Horizon Thinking with Anthony Hodgson
H3Uni ColloquiumTuesday January 7th 7:30 pm UK time
Anthony Hodgson will share some of the key thoughts and their implications for transformation practice in his new book Systems Thinking for a Turbulent World which is just published by Routledge as part of a new series on systems thinking.
Community Foodgrowing – Three Horizons in Dundee
Tuesday 10th December, 2019
Ness Wright – Senior Service Designer, Snook
Tuesday 5th November, 2019
Prof Bruce Goldstein, University of Colorado
Tuesday 15th October,, 2019
ProF. Oğuz Babüroğlu – Sabaci University, Istanbul
LEARNING CREATIVE IMAGINATION
Tuesday 3rd September, 2019
Dr. Anthony Hodgson and Prof. Bill Sharpe – H3Uni
Tuesday 4th June, 2019
Prof Michael Grenfell
Michael is Emeritus Professor at the Southampton Education School. He is also Chair of Education at Trinity College, University of Dublin and head of School at Stirling University. He is a specialist in the theory of practice of the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu
Tuesday 7th May, 2019
Daniel will be talking immediately after a tour of Brazil where he is carrying out talks, workshops and book-launches.
PATTERNS AND SEMIOSIS
Tuesday 2nd April
Patterns, semiosis and the evolution of consciousness. Helene is currently research a Ph.D. on the relationship between pattern language and systems thinking at the Centre for Systems Studies, Hull University
CITIES AS GAIA’S REFELCTIVE ORGANS
Tuesday 12th March, 2019
Beyond smart, beyond resilient, beyond complexity –
“I propose to explore the case for the evolution of cities, not as a bane on the Earth, but as a necessary stage of maturing capacity of Gaia’s living system. I would offer the evidence from science, practice and thought experiments, from my Integral City Book Series, Reframing Complex Challenges for Gaia’s Human Hives (2018), Inquiry and Action: Designing Impact for the Human Hive (2017) and Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive (English 2008, Russian 2014).”
Marylin is currently resident in Findhorn, Scotland.
Foresight and the Seven Dimensions of Experience
Tuesday 5 February, 2019
Dr. Anthony Hodgson
Shortly to be published in World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. The paper builds on the multidimensional ideas of J.G. Bennett relating them to three levels of our experience – the physical, the biological and the psychological
Tuesday 8 January, 2018
Analogies and Distinctions: Mapping Social System Identity
Tuesday 4 December, 2018
Tuesday 6 November, 2018
Tuesday 9 October, 2018
SYSTEMS THINKING FOR A TURBULENT WORLD
Tuesday 4 September, 2018
Dr Anthony Hodgson
Knowledge for the 21st Century
July 10 2018
Professor Alfonso Montuori invites us to a discussion of his current thinking on Knowledge for the 21st Century which is also a new programme he is to teach at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Alfonso`s study of social creativity is very relevant to the aspirations of H3Uni. We hope to further our thinking about future education through this dialogue.
Paris Spoken Word, Mondays, 8pm CET
During the period of the various lockdowns due to the spread of coronavirus, H3Uni provided support to the writers community in Paris, and worldwide. The weekly Spoken Word open mic became “Spoken World” and had upwards of 30 people per session. The evening continues, see the SWP website for the more details. H3Uni was pleased to support this initiative during the lockdown.
The Café Extra invites a speaker to introduce a topic that they care about, for visitors then to consider together in dialogue. A richer mix of well informed ideas to stimulate discussion, collaborative reflection and shared perception.
Anger with Kerri Brock
July 11th 2018
How can the potentially wild and dangerous emotion of anger be better understood? What evolutionary purposes does anger serve, and how might these benefit a third horizon enterprise? A necessary conversation to open fresh insights.
Transcending Professionalism with Ian Wight
Wednesday 6th June
How should learning evolve to sustain professionals in times of accelerating change? Will professionalism prove to be an asset or a straightjacket? It is timely to consider the vital role that responsible professionals play in creating change.
Decision Making in the Third Horizon
December 12 2017
What does decision making look like as we work towards a worthwhile future for all?
The Lighthouse Café begins @:
Central Europe: 20:30
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You will receive a Zoom link close to the date of your call.
Please test the link 10-15 minutes in advance of the start time.
October 17, 2017
How can this be used to generate not just new currencies and ways of exchanging value, but also new forms of organisation?