In this week’s episode Dougald Hine speaks with Joanna about: the genesis of the Dark Mountain Project and the manifesto “Uncivilisation”; facing the despair about climate change and going beyond; recovering a sense of how to be a shelter to each other; facing the shadow of cultural poverty in our wealthy culture and finding a way home together; the everyday practice of hospitality and conviviality; the sacred emerging in a space that allows the articulation of darkness and despair; cultural rupture and prophetic words; the future begins at a shared table; imagination, politics and the unfinished struggle in our hearts; a hope that lies in the far side of despair; remembering the truth of initiation into adulthood as a culture.
Dougald Hine is a co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project. In 2007, he responded to a blog post by Paul Kingsnorth and out of the conversations that followed, the two of them wrote “Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto”. Aside from Dark Mountain, Dougald has been responsible for the creation of a series of organisations, from School of Everything (a web-startup inspired by the work of Ivan Illich) to Spacemakers (a regeneration agency that grew from a meetup group he started in London in 2009). His latest project is a school called HOME, founded in 2018 with his partner Anna Bjorkman. The school is based in Vastmanland, Sweden.
“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik