Igor Polskiy is the new Facilitation Coordinator for the Deep Adaptation Forum. He sees opportunity in crisis. The collapse of the “machine” that is our industrial civilization may create open spaces in which we can find better ways to live.
Igor spent several years in eco-villages before coming to Deep Adaptation. He saw people living together in peace with each other and with the natural world. Now, his mission is to bring together the “inner work” of processing emotions with the outer work of “compassionate action.” He has written in depth about inner and external work as “Two Wheels of a Chariot,” on the Deep Adaptation Forum blog.
Igor wants to integrate the “symbolic work” that we do together on the Internet with work at the biological and physical level. To that end, he and others are organizing the “Deep Live Gathering.” In October, 2021, people will gather physically in various regions of the world, and the regional gatherings will be connected, intermittently, over the Internet.
Igor says: “We should find a way to build a bridge to connect people together, because we need each other, and we need to support each other. But we need to change our mindset. It’s like two steps every time: inner work, external work; calm ourselves, process emotions…and compassionate action. They should go in circles.”
See more of Igor’s work at his website On The Edge, including an elucidation of “post-crisis hope,” the idea that, like certain seeds in the forest, we must pass through fire in order to become fertile. He joins us from his family’s home, near Moscow, Russia.