Since I was really on here I’ve changed my name to Ephemeral. It’s part a regular tradition in my life where I select a new name to symbolize the end of one phase and the beginning of another. The end in this instance is I finished my degree at Minerva Schools in Political Science and Literature.
Professionally, I’m working at the Qualcomm Institute at the University of California, San Diego as an education consultant. We were running a piolet of how to teach students the basics of complexity research through an online seminar, and concurrently have them work with research at the university on group projects. Ironically, we don’t have any students right now because of the crisis, so I am looking for remote contracts to stay afloat.
I’m still involved in mental health initiatives. I volunteer some time with the Global Consortium for Academic Mental Health. Most of the members are current from across the U.S. and Western Europe. Their aim is to “cultivate excellent mental health in academics worldwide”.
At the same time, I’ve been volunteering a bit with the Emergence Network. I feel like there could be a lot good synergy between the minds moving in that space and this one! They’ve got an experimental participatory gathering coming up, May 31st - June 4th. It’s called Wilds Beyond Climate Justice and promises to be a dance into a different kind of space in the climate discussion.
I’ve also had the chance to join last year’s Science and Non-Duality (SAND) gathering in San Jose. I’ve really been loving the community around SAND. A lot of free thinkers who see the need to take different approaches to how we understand relations between ourselves, each other, and our planet.
I’ve also been exploring the concept of becoming a death doula. I’ve gotten to spend some time volunteering with a hospice and I’m very called to end of life work. I’m still beginning to explore this direction and would love any resource people have come across.
Personally, I’ve been using the quarantine to connect with my partner. We are currently in Argentina, but the timeline on staying continually changes (both in contracting and expanding indefinitely). So like everyone, I am doing best to deal with uncertainty.
I’m looking forward to looking through the site and seeing what everyone’s been working on!