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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The nature of consciousness; altered states of consciousness via meditation, psychedelics and dreams; the placebo effect; the unconscious
Plant medicines; song; technoshamanism; breathwork; prayer; ritual magic including chaos magick, sex magick, metamagic and extinction magic; tantra and sexual shamanism; mythology
Bodywork including somatic experiencing, yoga and dance; neuro/biohacking; ayurveda