Hi! I'm Stephen Reid. I live in Totnes, Devon, UK...

...half an hour from Dartmoor, and half an hour from the South Devon coast.

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Stephen Reid is a co-operative technologist and cultural changemaker who has trained in the fields of physics, complexity science, software development, meditation, psychotherapy, plant medicine, conscious sexuality and political activism. He is currently a co-director of Dandelion Collective (the not-for-profit worker co-operative behind the Psychedelic Society, which he founded in 2014), the lead developer of dandelion.earth, a co-creator of Don't Go Back To Normal and a contributor to Enspiral.

Previously, he was the youngest ever board member of Greenpeace UK, was selected as the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Totnes, co-founded the New Economics Foundation's New Economy Organisers Network and worked as a technology consultant for organisations including the Labour Party, the Living Wage Foundation and 350.org. Stephen has an MPhys in Physics from the University of Oxford, where he specialised in quantum field theory, and an MRes in Complexity Sciences from the University of Bristol.

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Ancestry

32.1%
British & Irish
13%
Broadly Northwestern European
12.8%
French & German
5.5%
Broadly European
0.7%
Scandinavian
0.7%
Spanish & Portuguese
0.2%
Broadly South European
8.5%
Ashkenazi Jewish
11.1%
Broadly Central & South Asian
9.7%
Northern Indian & Pakistani (Maharashtra)
4.2%
Broadly Central Asian, Northern Indian & Pakistani
0.3%
Broadly Southern South Asian
1.2%
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Training and teachers

Physics

Complexity science

Holistic science

Meditation

Psychotherapy

Entheogens and plant medicines

Conscious sexuality

Burns

Politics and activism

Other

Places and plans

Speaking engagements

Aug 2020, Medicine Festival
Tech for Good: The Promise of Decentralisation
Aug 2020, Medicine Festival
The Corporatisation of Medicine
Apr 2020
Sacred Solidarity panel with Alex Grey & Allyson Grey, Rick Doblin, Francoise Bourzat, Sam Gandy, Bia Labate and Gail Bradbrook
Dec 2019, Totnes Civic Hall
How Should Totnes Greens Vote?
Nov 2019, University of Exeter
The Mind, Meditation & Psychedelics
Nov 2019, House of Hackney
Sacred Sigils: Magic in the Anthropocene
Oct 2019, Fungi Fest
Psilocybin Mushrooms for a Regenerative Society
Sep 2019, XR South West Rebel Rising
Psychedelics, Extinction and Social Change
Sep 2019
David Luke and Stephen Reid in conversation
Aug 2019, Shambala Festival
Psychedelics, Extinction and Social Change
Jul 2019, Stir to Action Festival
Psychedelics and the Living Planet
Jul 2019, Noisily Festival
Integration Through Social Action
Jun 2019, EartH, Hackney
Rupert Sheldrake, Robin Carhart-Harris and Stephen Reid in conversation
Jun 2019, The Oddball
Growing A Psychedelic Sociey
May 2019, Newspeak House
Autopia: a platform for co-created gatherings
Apr 2019, Findhorn
Psychedelics, Extinction and Social Change
Apr 2019, Conway Hall
Sunday Assembly Lates: Let's Talk About Drugs
Apr 2019, Rich Mix
Regenerative Activism and the Ecology of Movements
Jan 2019, Luminate Festival, Aotearoa New Zealand
Psychedelics and the Living Planet & The Psychedelic Renaissance
Jan 2019, Conway Hall
Psychedelics, Extinction and Social Change
Dec 2018, Global Health Film Festival
Magic Medicine
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)

Peer-reviewed research

Sep 2012, PLOS One
BSim: An Agent-Based Tool for Modeling Bacterial Populations in Systems and Synthetic Biology
Aug 2012, APS Physical Review E
Taxonomies of networks from community structure

Previous writing

Sep 2015, strikemag.org
Psychedelics for Social Change
Aug 2015, huffingtonpost.co.uk
Yes, Psychoactive Substances Can Be Risky, But It Should Be for Individuals to Decide Whether or Not to Take the Risk
Jun 2015, independent.co.uk
Along with hundreds of others, I'll be inhaling laughing gas outside Parliament to protest the Tories' legal high bill
Jan 2014, independent.co.uk
I set up Parasite Street to balance the benefits debate
Sep 2012, theguardian.com
Crashing the tax avoidance party
Sep 2011, theguardian.com
It's time to send a message to the zombie banks

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