University campuses are powerful places for catalyzing regenerative systems change.
Many students are exploring their identities and their professional passions, while also being exposed to powerful ideas and knowledge in these spaces. One of our long-term impact aims is to empower students to lead regenerative lives and engage in regenerative work post-graduation.
Our University Praxis Labs are led by students—for students—navigating a critical juncture of their lives. These are diverse student collectives who wish to:
- Explore how academic theories may inform their life and career decisions in practice
- Have a community for replenishment, fellowship, and support as they orient themselves toward regenerative pursuits
- Gain access to personal and professional opportunities through mentorship and networking across the Lively Worlds initiative
Praxis Labs operate with an understanding that social and ecological challenges are interlocked and co-exist at the individual, collective, and systemic scales.
A core skill we aim to develop through our Praxis Labs is what we call the art of praxis. This is not a skill that can be learned in a classroom or textbook. It is an art that bridges theory with lived experience, practice, and relationships —the “magic” of which these shared communities of interest help bring to life. Collectively, we cultivate this art through iterative brainstorming, reflecting, and taking action for social and ecological regeneration.
We launched our first Praxis Lab at the University of Oxford in January 2020. We look forward to strengthening our Oxford Praxis Lab and launching Praxis Labs across other university campuses around the world.
Oxford Praxis Lab 2020-21
Our year-long Praxis Lab brings like-minded students together to provide a space for critical reflection, co-learning, community-building and practical applications, in order to empower one another in our unconventional pursuits towards a regenerative world. "Praxis" describes the intersection of theory and practice: for Michaelmas term, we will be learning, reading and reflecting about different aspects of critical theory such as postcolonial, feminist, and critical race theory. In Hilary Term we mobilise our knowledge to member-driven case studies of ecologically and socially regenerative businesses and initiatives.
Questions? Contact us at [email protected]!
"Praxis Lab has provided a space that has allowed me to critically reflect on the systems I consciously and subconsciously participate in. It has been a great introduction to critical theory, and I look forward to engaging with it further." - Maya Adams, MSc, Environmental Change and Management
"Praxis Lab has provided a necessary and generative community of discussion which I felt critical in times of personal, professional, academic and political transition. As a group of people, I feel Praxis Lab deeply attends to a yearn for those in the (unguided, and ambiguous) in-betweens of institutions who maintain status quo power, and the maturing of a practice of radical theory which contests, seeks to understand, and causally intervene across harmful systemic practices.
I have appreciated how these discussions have been informal, and supported by tenets of care, honesty, accountability, and enjoyment, whilst being self-aware of the complexities, dilemmas, and complicity of our privileged positionalities. These discussions have led to material changes in how I engage with my work in technology policy and activism, and has encouraged a philosophical shift in my theory of change, principally with regards to ecological justice."- Marie-Therese Png, DPhil, Oxford Internet Institute
"If you are seeking a space to meet intentional, critical, and inspiring colleagues at Oxford, look no further than Praxis Lab. You'll not only discuss hard-pressing, relevant topics through a unique lens, but you'll also meet some truly brilliant people!"- Marcus Alburez Myers, MSc, Nature, Society and Environmental Governance