STEPHEN Reid

stephen@stephenreid.net

Hi! I'm Stephen Reid, born and raised in London. I attained an undergraduate degree in Physics at Oxford, and then a Masters in Complexity Sciences at Bristol.

I had funding to continue to PhD but at the last minute I dropped out and went to live in Strasbourg, France. After 4 months I returned to the UK and immersed myself in the world of climate activism with the Camp for Climate Action ('Climate Camp').

In October 2010, with friends from Climate Camp, I set up UK Uncut, an anti-austerity direct action group focusing on the issue of corporate tax dodging.

In 2011, I started working for the New Economics Foundation (NEF), a people-and-planet focused thinktank. There I co-founded the New Economy Organisers Network (NEON), a network bringing together campaigners, academics, activists, trade unionists, politicians and others working to bring about a new economic system.

In the summer of 2011 I had my first major drug experience with MDMA at Glastonbury Festival. A year later, I had my first psychedelic experience with 2C-B at Shambala Festival, which inspired a fascination with psychedelics.

In December 2012, I became the youngest ever board member of Greenpeace UK. In 2013 I left NEF and started working as a freelance digital consultant/developer for organisations including 38 Degrees, the Labour Party, the Green Party, 350.org, the Living Wage Foundation, Positive Money, SumOfUs, 10:10 and Brandalism.

In 2014, having just returned from Nowhere (the largest of the European Burning Man events), I founded the Psychedelic Society, which continues to be my main project.

Since 2017 I have been fascinated with metamodern/Teal thinking. In mid-2018, the Psychedelic Society started making the transition to becoming a Teal organisation.

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Current affiliations

Podcast appearances

Speaking engagements

Nov 2018, Parliament Square
Extinction Magic: A Grief Ritual for Rebellion
Oct 2018
Grand Opening of the Psychedelic Society's new space in London
Jul 2018, Boom Festival
Psychedelic Integration
Jul 2018, Noisily Festival
Psychedelics, Nonduality and the Nature of Consciousness
Jul 2018
Launch of the Psychedelics for Mental Health campaign
Jun 2018, Beyond Psychedelics
Psychedelics, Democracy and Reform
May 2018, HowTheLightGetsIn
A Long Strange Trip
Apr 2018, LSD75
Growing A Psychedelic Society
Oct 2017, New Unity
Psychedelics and Mystical Experience
Dec 2016, Conway Hall
The Legal Regulation of Psychedelics
Nov 2016
Launch of the Psychedelic Society of Brighton
Sep 2016, Beyond Psychedelics
Growing A Psychedelic Society
Jul 2016, Conway Hall
Psychedelics and Nonduality
Feb 2016, Cambridge Union
This House believes that taking recreational drugs is worth the risk
Jul 2015
Launch of the Psychedelic Society of Bristol
Jun 2015
Launch of the Psychedelic Society of Manchester
Apr 2015
Launch of the Psychedelic Society of Edinburgh
Nov 2014, Conway Hall
Mainstreaming Psychedelics (launch of the Psychedelic Society)

Current areas of interest

Consciousness

The nature of consciousness; altered states of consciousness via meditation, psychedelics and dreams; the placebo effect; the unconscious

Shamanism and magick

Plant medicines; song; technoshamanism; breathwork; prayer; ritual magic including chaos magick, sex magick, metamagic and extinction magic; tantra and sexual shamanism; mythology

The body

Bodywork including somatic experiencing, yoga and dance; neuro/biohacking; ayurveda

Technology and systems

Teal organisations; Holocracy; workers' co-operatives; blockchain technology and decentralisation; Holochain; DAOstack; Native; Aragon; Colony; Scuttlebutt; digital nomadism

Politics

Metamodernism; solarpunk

Previous affiliations

Education