The Flawed Humanity of Our Selves
The Flawed Humanity of Our Selves
Nico Andreas Heller in Conversation with Dougald Hine

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Without a conscious commitment to a different, a more sustainable, ideally regenerative way of living – I would call it a ‘cultural revolution’, if the term didn’t carry such negative connotations – the transformation of our economies and the renewal of our democracies and societies won’t happen.

Annotations, my new dialogue series addresses this issue and hence focuses, not on what people do, but on how they do it, and why. Since I deeply believe that the arts have a critically important role to play in helping us understand what a just and sustainable life and future might look like, I am focusing for this series on cultural practitioners, their strategies and practices.

My first guest is Dougald Hine, the author of At Work in the Ruins: Finding Our Place in the Time of Science, Climate Change, Pandemics & All the Other Emergencies (February 2023), who together with his partner created a school called HOME in 2018.

In this dialogue we discuss his practice as a writer and how all the work he does is part of a weave of activity that feeds into and grows out of writing that he wants to be doing – and look at how this ‘integrated practice’ of his informs and shapes his life.

More information about Dougald Hine is available at



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