Becoming Midwives: Joe Brewer on major metaphors

There's something quite complexing and confusing about the times we're living in. We're in the midst of a transition but can't see the nature of it clearly. On one hand, we see great hope in the conscious individuals gathering forces with other conscious individuals to create change in their cities and communities, slowly but steadily giving rise to new a way of thinking and being in the world. On the other hand, there's the doom; the uncertainty of whether this new culture will manifest in a greater sense before we become witnesses to the beginning of our own extinction. 

Filmmaker Katie Teague had the chance to sit down with change strategist and culture designer Joe Brewer. She asked him to help clear our confusion and gain an understanding of how change can manifest. And he gives us the metaphor of midwiving; the cultural practices of helping a human mother through the dangerous process of birthing a human child. And as cultural transitions are dangerous, they too need midwives.

But what does it mean to be a midwife to a cultural transition? And how do we train ourselves to become one when we have no idea what is being born and how it will happen? Can we all be midwives or are special skills and resources needed? We would love to hear your thoughts on this on Twitter @AlterUK21 or Facebook @AlternativeUK21.

Katie and Joe's conversation gave birth to the short film above - Becoming Midwives. A few words from them on the film can be found here.

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