Dr Justine Huxley. Justine is the CEO of the St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. The centre organises workshops and training focused on building resilient communities for times of ecological and social crisis. Where many other organisations are quick to focus on messages of hope and optimism in order to build changemaker movements, Justine and her team challenge participants to face the breakdown of communities, especially in the context of climate change.
Justine started her career on the trade floor of an investment bank. She is also a trained psychologist and a practicing Sufi. In this conversation, Justine shares why she ended up leading a Peace Centre and how Sufism relates to her work on creating more resilient communities. We also discuss whether confronting people with the reality of climate breakdown and the likelihood of social and ecological collapse can really help them discover their deepest sense of purpose, joy, freedom, hope and, importantly, generate action to build more cohesive, resilient communities.
If you are curious to learn more about the transformative potential of crises, then I think you fill find this conversation thought-provoking.
Resources and links mentioned in this episode
- St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 report
- Article by Professor Jem Bendell: Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy
- Filmmaker Deeyah Khan
- Book by David Goodhart: The Road to Somewhere
- Justine has just edited a new collection of stories and interviews, called Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change. Watch the trailer here.