Director of Emergence / Perspectiva

Deadline: Any time on September 30 2020.

We’re looking for a Director of Emergence who understands that emergence cannot be directed. The job entails being a senior editor for the website, a leading force within an international network, and a primary fundraiser for the Emerge project, which is a distinctive movement-in-the-making as a response to a historical moment of a civilisation in crisis.

This role is a great opportunity for the right candidate to carve out their own role and build financial viability for their vision of a distinctive project.

We are offering a full-time contract initially limited to one year, but we will support the candidate on fundraising processes to help ensure their contract is renewed and extended. Part-time applicants and job sharers are welcome to apply and flexible working schedules are expected and welcome.

Salary: 45,000€ (gross) per annum, or above for exceptional candidates. There is scope to increase the salary level in year two and beyond through successful fundraising.

Location: The Emerge project currently has a European focus and for strategic and operational reasons we would like the candidate to be based in Berlin if possible. However, finding the right person for this exciting and exacting role is of paramount importance, and we are also hoping to build our presence in other European cities and beyond, so applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of their geographic location.

Background on Perspectiva and Emerge:
Perspectiva is a community of expert generalists working on an urgent one hundred year project to improve the relationships between systems, souls and society in theory and practice. We are scholars, artists, activists, futurists and seekers who believe credible hope for the first truly planetary civilisation lies in forms of economic restraint and political cooperation that are beyond prevailing epistemic capacities and spiritual sensibilities. Our charitable purpose is therefore to develop an applied philosophy of education for individual and collective realisation in the service of averting societal collapse; and in the spirit of serious play and ambitious humility to cultivate the imaginative and emotional capacity required to usher in a world that is, at the very least, technologically wise and ecologically sound.
In plain language: We think the world is in serious trouble, and not just because of climate change. We don’t like false positivity, but we are disinclined to despair. We believe there is unchartered terrain worth exploring and developing, and most of it is inside and between us.
Perspectiva is a registered charity funded by philanthropic trusts and foundations and based primarily in London. We were co-founded in late 2016 by Swedish entrepreneur and theorist Tomas Bjorkman and Scottish philosopher and chess Grandmaster Jonathan Rowson. Since then we have focused on building our network, intellectual foundations and financial viability, and over the next few years we will be pursuing four main thematic strands of work:
·       Realisation is transformative education, an annual festival & work on activism and attention
·       Insight is our intellectual vision, manifest mostly in our publishing arm, Perspectiva Press
·       Praxis is theory into practice, currently through improvisation, metaphor and ‘anti-debates’
·       Emergence is about building a pre-figurative social movement for wise global transitions
Our work on Emergence is already well developed through the Emerge project. Perspectiva has established the outlines of a new strategy, but the new Director would be well placed to shape it on their own terms. Emerge is a practice-based social network coalescing around the web platform www.whatismerging.com (including The Emerge podcast) and animated through international gatherings (including two completed in Berlin and Kyiv) and local networks in a growing number of major cities around the world. Emerge was founded by Perspectiva co-founder and Chairman Tomas Bjorkman in November 2018 without formal institutional standing but is now directed and supported as a project by the Perspectiva team, with day-to-day operations run by the social enterprise Cocreation.x gGmbH in Berlin.

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