The ‘Art of Thinking’
Where we were pre-COVID
Our enterprise started by devising and editing our online magazine CULTURE ON THE OFFENSIVE. We had developed a new form of long read multi-media essay, with submissions from a divers selection of writers.
We also loved engaging in dialogues with interesting and often controversial thinkers. These took the form of live dialogues / conversations at events which were recorded, or as podcasts. We also published some of these as written discussion dialogues. Our aim is always to get to the thinking behind our guests thinking.
The Dialogue form of philosophy has a tradition reaching back to Classical Greek philosophy, with Plato recording the Socratic dialogues. We have always been motivated to build on this tradition and take it into the contemporary realm.
Greg Scorzo, our in-house philosopher also gave talks and appeared on various panels.
This was all on the back of running over 60 ‘Art of Thinking’ Events which were attended by the public. These centred around a wide range of Arts and Culture topics as well as Social issues. The main aim was to encourage people to look at things in different ways, get together in a social or organisational setting and use ‘EMPATHY, CLARITY AND COURAGE when discussing with other attendees.
Where we are post-COVID.
Like many others, Culture on the Offensive took an unforeseen break from our normal activities due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Since March 2020 we have not been able to do any live ‘ART OF THINKING’ events. We took the decision to not move them online for a number of reasons. Primarily the ‘ART OF THINKING’ events were always about having an antidote to the online echo chambers and angry discourse from behind a keyboard. People enjoyed meeting and mingling in a social setting to explore cultural, social and political topics. Coming face to face with people from all over the political spectrum and using EMPATHY, CLARITY AND COURAGE to have some often difficult discussions was a way to test our worldviews.
On top of this there were an abundance of online events and much Zoom exhaustion.
However we have kept busy.
THE FOCUS ON COTO PUBLISHING
We have now evolved into developing a COTO PUBLISHING platform, and we are excited to be focussing on the ‘Art of Thinking’ in the form of dialogic books and podcasts.
Although we will no longer be initiating ‘Art of Thinking’ events this doesn’t preclude us working in partnership with others, and we are always open to invites.
As we have always had dialogues at the core of our work, during this strange old time we have had time to focus on Greg Scorzo’s written philosophical work, by further developing the form of his Post-Socratic Dialogues. These have cumulated into enabling him to finish his book Post Socratic Dialogues: LOVE From that book we recorded 6 chapters into an Audio Play LOVE BEFORE COVID
We have also had the luxury of being able to talk and have long dialogues with a bunch of really interesting thinkers. These constitute our COTO publishing- ‘Art of Thinking’ podcasts.
These are also available on various platforms through Audio Boom
We will now be publishing a number of COTO’s essays in book form so watch this space.
We send our undying love, as always, to all our fellow thinkers and supporters. Hope to see you all soon, and looking forward to meeting and collaborating with new people too.
Lizzie Soden (Creative director) email@example.com
Dr Greg Scorzo ( Philosopher, writer, devisor, podcaster.) firstname.lastname@example.org