Like investigative journalism but looking inwards.
Investigative Selfism is my project on mindfulness, mental health, and personal development.
Why these two projects – The Exploding Head and Investigative Selfism?
Political science holds good answers to important questions.
- How does change happen?
- What systems and policies can result in more equal, peaceful, and inclusive societies?
- How do we get there?
I find it absolutely fascinating. That’s what I’ve studied and what I’m currently working with.
Yet if we look at the individual level – the smallest unit of analysis – suddenly, it requires very different tools.
In anything, we definitely need to expand our tool base here: political science alone is not enough.
This is why we need mindfulness.
- Befriending ourselves so we can befriend others.
- Acknowledging our insecurities instead of trying to exert power over others.
- Sitting with our pain instead of getting mobilised against those “others”.
- Healing our traumas instead of passing them on.
And that’s why we need storytelling:
To use its power to talk about – and to remind ourselves of – our shared humanity.
Through my professional experience, in my studies and less academic pursuit of interests, I have been combining these three areas for some time now.
Interestingly, they are tightly connected: without one set of understanding there wouldn’t be the other one.
I have kept them separate not to confuse my audiences too much, yet you can surely follow both of them!