Our activities and projects focus on building and nurturing the ‘deep approach’ which is a combination of creative and interconnected ways of achieving the following :

  • Deep Listening and Learning: Our endeavours are grounded on deep listening to, and the deep learning of, ancestral principles, historic struggles and wisdom of people or communities, such as the Indigenous peoples, whose voices, lives, stories, histories, cultures, and knowledges have been ignored, neglected, marginalized, and disparaged. We firmly believe that lessons gleaned from such rich and time honoured onto-epistemologies hold the key to formulating strategies that are ecologically regenerative, universally beneficial, versatile and malleable to address and redress the myriad pressing societal and ecological problems and existentialist threats.
  • Deep Analysis: We work towards challenging and critiquing the range of shallow quick fixes, cosmetic, stopgap, and band-aid remedies offered as ‘solutions’ for the range of social, economic and ecological problems confronting humanity. To do this, we employ a critical analytical framework that we refer to as the 4-D Analysis, a combination of the dialectical, deconstruction, discourse, and decolonising methods of analysis. This, along with deep listening and learning, is an important component of the ‘deep approach’ which seeks to delve into the underlying (deep roots) structural and systemic causes of inequality, injustice, oppression, xenophobia, bigotry, racism, patriarchy, violence, and the ever widening ecological rift between humans and nature.
  • Deep Knowing: Deep listening, learning, and analysis lead to deep knowing which helps foster radical empathy. Empathy is commonly viewed as putting oneself in someone else’s shoes or seeing the world through the eyes of someone else. It entails imagining how someone feels when experiencing pain, discomfort or suffering. Radical empathy goes beyond imagining such feelings or experiences; it involves understanding the perspective of the other. And this can only be achieved through deep knowing or what Indigenous peoples refer to as ‘learning through one’s heart’.
  • Deep Engagement: We organize, conduct and host workshops, courses, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, and performances to enhance knowledge, skills, and capacity for individuals, organizations and communities, primarily but not exclusively, in areas such as deep epistemology, ecological and social regeneration, Indigenous wisdom, decoloniality, anti-racism, racial capitalism, feminist approaches, queer theory, degrowth, conflict transformation, and restorative justice. As far as possible, we do this in partnership with communities and relevant stakeholders.
  • Deep Weaving: Drawing from Indigenous wisdom, we strive to foster deep weaving. It is a longstanding Indigenous practice of interweaving connections and relations with fellow humans and with nature forming a web of reciprocal bonding. This web has been pulled apart by the forces of colonial and capitalist structures and systems, manifested in racism, inequality, violence, climate change, and ecological calamity, among other sources of social and planetary turmoil and precarity. In our ‘weaving’ endeavour, we liaise with other organizations which share similar priorities to continually add depth and breadth to our understanding, praxis, and advocacy focused on the emancipation (from coloniality, capitalism, exploitation, oppression and physical and structural violence) and empowerment for people and communities that have been marginalized. The ultimate goal is to nurture and foster a social and ecologically regenerative pluriverse. For a statement on ecological regeneration, click here.

Here are several short video clips of some of our past projects:

Several of the DEEP activities and projects are carried out in partnership with other organizations with similar vision and values. These organizations include:

  • Global Reconciliation. Global Reconciliation is an ambitious and innovative, Australian-initiated network of people and organisations around the world seeking to research and promote ‘reconciliation’ – that is, dialogue and practical engagements across cultural, religious, racial and other differences.  It has conducted international conferences and initiated collaborative projects in more than 50 countries. Its partners include government and non-government organisations, academic institutions, professional associations and community based groups.
  • Thoughtbox Education. Founded and directed by Rachel Musson, a DEEP member based in the UK, ThoughtBox is a curriculum for secondary schools, encouraging critical thinking, empathy and unlearning. Adaptable for a range of lesson timings and abilities, ThoughtBox promotes Global Citizenship throughout our lesson plans and resources, teaching students how (rather than what) to think. Each month, a new ThoughtBox is opened (with twelve global topics over the course of the year) providing a selection of lesson plans across a range of timings and age-groups. The aims and objectives of a ThoughtBox education are not to find answers but to ask questions, encouraging students to think outside of the box and develop skills of tolerance and empathy.
  • Center for Global Nonkilling. Established in 2008 by Glenn Paige to advance work begun by its predecessor Center for Global Nonviolence (set up in 1994), the mission of the Center for Global Nonkilling is to promote change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world by means open to infinite human creativity.
  • Interuniversity Institute of Social Development and Peace (IUDESP) is constituted for the research, teaching and awareness on issues related to peace and social development. In its activities, the IUDESP tries to transmit values of peace, solidarity and diversity among cultures and peoples, contributing in its task to the development of human rights, the defense of social justice and the protection of the environment. The IUDESP was created in 2010 as the result of a joint work between the University of Alicante and the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón. At the Universitat Jaume I, the IUDESP is the institutional framework of both, the International University Master’s Degree in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies (www.epd.uji.es) and the Doctoral Programme in International Studies in Peace, Conflict and Development (www.uji.es/estudis/oferta/base/doctorat/actual/pau/). Academic and awareness-raising activities are also organized with the support of the UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace of the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón.
  • Regeneration International is a network focused on promoting, facilitating and accelerating “the global transition to regenerative food, farming and land management for the purpose of restoring climate stability, ending world hunger and rebuilding deteriorated social, ecological and economic systems”. The DEEP Network is one of about 250 partners around the world collaborating with Regeneration International.