Caspar is a writer, journalist and editor with interests in science, environment, politics and culture. He has worked for BBC Radio 4, and been a regular or occasional contributor to The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Nature, New Scientist and The Ecologist. He won an IUCN-Reuters award for best environmental writing in western and central Europe, and was a senior editor openDemocracy, where he commissioned, edited and contributed to analysis and debate on globalisation, security, the environment, and the politics of climate change.
More recently, he has been science and environment editor at Five Books.
Caspar is the author of The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary (2012), for which he received the Roger Deakin Award from the Society of Authors and the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award. His book A New Map of Wonders:: A Journey in Search of Modern Marvels was published by Granta and Chicago University Press in 2017, and was described The Guardian as “a love letter to, and product of, the extraordinary, irreducible abundance of the human mind.”
Dr Mark Vernon
Mark is a psychotherapist, writer and commentator, contributing to and presenting programmes on BBC radio, as well as writing for the national and religious press, and online publications like Aeon. He also podcasts, gives talks and leads workshops. He has a PhD in ancient Greek philosophy, and other degrees in physics and in theology, having studied at Durham, Oxford and Warwick universities. He is the author of several books, including A Secret History of Christianity: Jesus, the Last Inkling and the Evolution of Consciousness (John Hunt), The Meaning of Friendship (Palgrave Macmillan), Wellbeing (Routledge), and The Idler Guide to Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books). He used to be an Anglican priest and lives in London, UK.
Bonnitta Roy is founder of Alderlore Inc. a non-profit education center offering insight practices for individuals who are entering post-formal modes of thinking. At her home/farm Bonnitta hosts insight retreats for people who want to break away from limiting patterns of thought She teaches a masters course in consciousness studies and transpersonal psychology at the Graduate Institute. Her teaching highlights the embodied, affective and perceptual aspects of the core self, and the non-egoic potentials from which subtle sensing, intuition and insight emerge. Bonnitta is an associate editor of Integral Review where you can also find her articles on process approaches to consciousness, perception, and metaphysics.
Zak Stein is philosopher of education working at the interface of psychology, metaphysics, and politics. He has published two books, including Education in Time Between Worlds, along with dozens of articles. This writing was done as he worked co-founding a non-profit and think tank, as well as teaching graduate students at Harvard, and consulting with technology start-ups. Zak is a long time meditator, musician and caregiver, which has shaped him more than any professional engagements.
Dr Tom Chatfield
Tom is a British writer, broadcaster and tech philosopher. His eight books exploring contemporary culture—most recently "Live This Book!" (Penguin), "Critical Thinking" and "Think Critically" (SAGE Publishing).
Tom is interested in improving our understanding of digital technology, and its uses in policy, education and engagement. He took his doctorate and taught at St John's College, Oxford, exploring contemporary literature and public ethics—but spent much of his spare time playing around with computers, and wrestling with the collision of new technologies and old ways of thinking.
He is a regular on BBC radio and television, and speaks and broadcasts around the world on technology and culture. He lives outside London with his wife and two small children, and when not working or doing the school run, plays jazz piano and drinks too much coffee.