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When our existing ways of thinking break down, it's the rebels and the renegades, those who dare to think differently, who need to reboot the system.
We are going through a time of enormous and accelerating change. Our institutions, our value systems and even the way we make sense of the world are crumbling. At the same time, social media is pushing us further and further into ideological camps, and many of us feel we can’t fully express ourselves.
The rebels recognise that these old structures have to die for the new to be born. They embrace uncertainty and see hope in chaos.
The Rebel Wisdom Summit is a new kind of event; an immersive, participatory experience bringing together four of the most rebellious thinkers in the world to help us find a path through the chaos of the times.
Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying are evolutionary biologists, and understand that we are hardwired for tribalism, and that we have to repurpose our biological hardware to survive.
Psychiatrist and philosopher Iain McGilchrist is increasingly being recognised as one of the most profound and challenging thinkers of our age, with a revolutionary theory about how a conflict within our brain itself has created a trap of perception.
And for his only appearance in an event this year, futurist Jordan Greenhall has built a reputation through his 'Deep Code' essays as one of the most insightful cultural commentators, making sense of a world going crazy.
As the old collapses, we’re entering a new and very different phase in culture and politics. What that might eventually look like, nobody knows. But in order to get there, we’re going to need a new kind of wisdom; open-minded, nuanced, and above all, rebellious.
What to expect at the Summit
The Rebel Wisdom Summit is an invitation to join the bleeding edge of a new cultural conversation. As well as hearing brilliant minds at top of their fields discuss major cultural issues with one another, you will also have the chance to develop and share your own ideas. The Summit will be capped at 150 attendees in order to keep the environment intimate and generative. As well hearing the speakers on the main stage and having a chance to ask them questions, you will break off into small groups led by a facilitator in order to discuss the issues brought up by the speakers in a safe environment.
Rebel Wisdom is a media platform and retreat organisation. The Summit is the first of a new type of experience we’re pioneering; one in which we take the techniques we teach in our retreats – including mindfulness, self-inquiry and active listening – and combine them with the cultural conversation we’ve been curating through our films. We believe this combination could inspire a new way of talking about culture, politics and society that hasn’t been seen before.
The Summit will be a unique environment, carefully designed to help us to come into a state of flow together. Flow is a specific neurological state that brings us into close connection to one another; one in which new ideas come in a cascade from our unconscious minds. When we’re in flow together, we see in a new way; winning the argument ceases to matter, and instead we become very present to what truths, patterns and new insights are arising between us.
Attend the Summit if you are already a rebellious thinker looking to meet others, if you want to gain new insights into cultural issues, or you’re if you’re curious by nature. Whatever your background, this is a unique experience in which you’ll learn from some of the most engaging thinkers in the world. It’s also an opportunity to go to the very edge of your own understanding, so that together we can pay attention to what’s trying to emerge right now.
Venue and Timings
Tickets cost £149, which includes the full day and the afterparty.
The Rebel Wisdom Summit will take place at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, one of London's most historic and vibrant districts. The main venue will be '93 Feet East' which is located on Brick Lane and will be marked with signage outside the venue.
Registration will begin at 9:30 with the main experience beginning at 10:00. The main event ends at 18:30, followed by drinks at the venue and an afterparty within walking distance starting at 20:00 - the afterparty is included in your ticket price.
The closest stations are Liverpool Street (10 minute walk) and Shoreditch High Street Overground (5 minutes walk).