Vanessa Spedding

I am a journalist by training, sometime scientist, intermittent community activist and avid reader of all things that might explain how our treatment of the planet and ourselves reached such a low point — and what we must do to correct it.

The Wanderer

This, Our Mythic Moment

The defining characteristic of moments such as these is that time seems to slow down, stretch out, even stop completely, the universe and its unfolding events paused in brief hiatus, like the pendulum suspended at the top of its swing before a new perspective comes into view and motion is resumed.

April 17, 2020


The Sacred, the Profane, and the Fatal Flaw in Politics

Nor is there any need for politics to be something inflicted on us, at great cost to our souls, by tyrannical, abstract systems. Instead it should and could be something we recapture from its lofty conceptual realms, disarm, bring down to earth, and revive — in the process remaking ourselves and our world.

February 21, 2017


Language Patterns, the Media, and Cultural Re-storying

Stories can indeed change the world — and if they are used carefully, wisely, and with love, they can change it for the better.

August 11, 2016


Reclaiming our Place in the Planet’s Ecology

Whether retired Herefordshire farmer’s meal-time ritual or recent fashion among middle-class foodies, determining the provenance of our food carries a meaning and historic significance belied by family frivolity.

October 12, 2015


WANTED. Planet in Crisis Seeks Leaders Up to the Job

Why is it that slow food, slow money and slow travel are so appealing, but that there’s nothing quite as dull as a slow catastrophe?

April 29, 2015


Could do better: why we must set young minds free

It is time all young people knew this: the work of our time is the work of reconnection, regeneration, restoration and reconciliation.

October 28, 2014

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