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October 20, 2020

Alnoor Ladha is a political strategist, writer and activist, with a focus on the intersection of political organizing, systems thinking, structural change and narrative work. He was the co-founder and Executive Director of The Rules (TR), a global network of activists, organizers, and others focused on changing the rules that create inequality, poverty and climate change. He is a co-founder of Tierra Valiente, a post-capitalist community and healing center in the jungle of northern Costa Rica. He is a board member of Culture Hack Labs and The Emergence Network

Alnoor brings spirituality and big picture thinking to today’s conversation on What Could Possibly Go Right? including:

  • The question of “for whom” when asking what could go right, plus the understanding that right and wrong isn’t binary
  • The debunking of the belief that the pandemic, climate crisis or impending financial recession are a disruption on progress as “the way things were supposed to be”
  • That embracing uncertainty and being at peace with ambiguity is cultivating a more resilient character for us
  • That COVID is not the “great equalizer” and is instead exasperating the inequalities that already exist
  • That we have to find our right relationship and place within this broader symphony of life
  • That we need to fundamentally rethink our economic operating system, away from a globalized system of extraction when only a few people are holding the power. A post-capitalist reality may be emerging.
  • That this is the moment for us to say what we actually stand for, not just stand against. What do we want to live for and what are our values?
  • That we’ve inherited a story in a system that doesn’t serve the majority of humans; and as none of us are outside the system, there is no such thing as apolitical

Resources

Additional Reading by Alnoor Ladha


About Alnoor Ladha

Alnoor’s work focuses on the intersection of political organizing, systems thinking, structural change and narrative work. He was the co-founder and Executive Director of The Rules (TR), a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers, writers and others focused on changing the rules that create inequality, poverty and climate change. TR started in 2012 as a time-bound project and an experiment in anarchist organizational design, exploring new ways of how to work, play and make trouble together. 

Alnoor comes from a Sufi lineage and writes about the crossroads of politics and spirituality in troubled times. He is a co-founder of Tierra Valiente, a post-capitalist community and healing center in the jungle of northern Costa Rica. He is a board member of Culture Hack Labs and The Emergence Network. He holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.

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