About Stonehouse

The Stonehouse Standing Circle is a meeting place for people who are interested in developing sophisticated models for the advancement of society.

Our ambition to help society make a progression from awareness to action, from knowing about a situation to doing something about it. We're exploring the tools that will help us move from being a society that is confounded by problems, to a culture of solutions,  to increase the personal and political will necessary to create and implement solutions.

At Stonehouse people from diverse disciplines engage to discover ways to advance popular consciousness that translates into action. Like our events, this website is a stage for sustainable solutions for Life on Earth. It's a pairing of big sky dialog and real world case examples that provide fertile ground for the development of strategies.

The Stonehouse is a learning site where academics and front line people in civil society are exploring social change, and learning about social change; what works, and what doesn't. We are a lab of social change research and practice, organizing learning circles, meetings, and discussions. Stonehouse is the place to go to run into the world's leading thinkers when it comes to social change.

How do you inspire change, in yourself and in others? How does a politician enact political change without being punished for showing leadership? Can we bring society to tipping points where popular awareness becomes inevitable change and advancement?

Stonehouse focuses on regenerative and catalytic dialogue around social change. Our mission is to convene meetings of leading thinkers to review best practices, brainstorm tactics for transformative social change, and make the findings freely available to all. We believe that what you think is more interesting than what you know, and what you see is more interesting than what you think.

John Lefebvre and Jim Hoggan convene open and ongoing discussions hosted by David Suzuki that invite participants to reflect and collaborate on an inclusive narrative that will help us get on the right track to better living.

The first Stonehouse event (held in January 2009) was a provocation – not a conclusion. It was intended to be a jumping-off point and a conversation starter. This website is an interactive platform that combines video from those panels with additional links, resources, and cove. It facilitates an open discourse that builds upon that event and invites online participants to join the dialogues and add to the knowledge stream. 

We seek to nurture and provide leadership that will engage the emerging global narrative about Life on Earth and the development of a sustainable culture. The convergence of hearts and minds at the Summit provides a template for further exploration of the ideas that are raised and shared on this site.

In the meantime, we are determined to look past the current state of inaction. In the words of Stonehouse delegate Jesse Hirsh: “What seems impossible today is inevitable for a healthy tomorrow.”


We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

--T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding” (the last of his Four Quartets)


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