Death is in the air

11 May 2023
I am writing this from the pacific coast of Costa Rica surrounded by the wild others in extremis as I grieve my dear dear friend Eve who passed just a few days ago after decades of being very unwell with cancer. Eve was (and remains) one of my very closest friends - our daily lives […]
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A wander in hinterland - from outside-in to inside-out

13 March 2023
Welcome to a cycle of writings that are a wander in the hinterland between inner led change and outer change as experienced by me over the last 25 years, as a social change activist in a housing co-op in Cymru (named by the English as Wales). A hinterland is “beyond what is visible or known” […]
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Rites of passage work is a community movement

4 October 2022
Rites of passage work is about cultural and ecological thriving. It is not a programme; it is a community movement. As part of Starter Culture’s Cups of Tea process we interviewed more than 20 leaders in rites of passage work around the world to discover what is needed to support rites of passage with young […]
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Our decolonising lens

5 March 2021
By Eva Schonveld Starter Culture started out as three white, middle class, cis gendered women from relatively privileged backgrounds. These things are both trivial and central to who we are. Reducing people to a series of identities misses the depth, complexity and uniqueness of each individual miracle; ignoring the family, social and cultural context that […]
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as Love in Action

1 March 2021
At Starter Culture we see activism as Love in action. A Love that is fiercely compassionate and deeply transformative and that gets to the heart and history of the matter. It is radical inner-led change that fuels this fierce Love - and which patriarchy and capitalism are most threatened by.
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Revealing a
Hidden Movement

9 June 2020
In making visible this largely hidden social movement, Starter Culture hopes to support its evolution towards its huge potential, emboldening its practitioners to see themselves as a crucial part of a potent collective movement for deep and unprecedented cultural change.
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My Starter Culture

6 June 2020
Several years of PhD research into the role emotions play in addressing climate change has highlighted how a sense of urgency tends to trump our building of agency around being with uncertainty; meeting people where they are; and processing our emotions - as well as just how marginalised the inner dimension of change is.
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