Rebel Wisdom: Sensemaking 101 – July 8 to August 26, 2021

  • Faculty: Rebel Wisdom - Various
  • Zoom
  • Content Category: Knowledge, Self-Mastery
  • Academic Credit: 3 Credits

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Ubiquity University is proud to announce our new Independent Study course partnership with Rebel Wisdom which can earn you 3 Academic Credits toward your Ubiquity BA, MA, or PhD program. If you are not enrolled in a degree program, you can still participate in this offer. To register directly with Rebel Wisdom please click here and use the coupon code: Ubiquity_Rebel.

Dates: July 8 to August 26, 2021 – 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM Pacific time
Format: Zoom
Faculty: Various
Academic Credit: Bachelors- 3 credits, Masters – 3 credits; Doctoral – 3 credits


Rebel Wisdom: Sensemaking 101


Making sense of the world is harder than it’s ever been. With social media algorithms driving polarisation, a broken information landscape and declining trust in our institutions, many of us are struggling to figure out what’s true and what isn’t. And if we can’t make sense of what’s going on, we can’t take meaningful action to change anything.

Sensemaking 101 is an 8 week online process hosted by Rebel Wisdom, with tuition from some of the most brilliant voices in systems change, psychology and inner growth – including Daniel Schmachtenberger, John Vervaeke, Diane Musho Hamilton, Doshin Roshi and Sara Ness.

It’s designed to help you develop the innate capacities required to make sense of a complex, polarised and fast-changing cultural landscape. You’ll learn techniques from mindfulness, ancient philosophy and modern psychology designed to improve your discernment, track your own emotional responses and develop your cognitive flexibility.

The course was birthed from the belief that making sense isn’t something we do alone, but a journey we go on together. As well as live sessions with world-class faculty, you’ll also work in a smaller ‘pod’ with people from around the world, experimenting with practices and models that help you imagine, design and experiment with new cultural operating systems.


You’ll learn how to:

  • Increase your sovereignty, agency and cognitive flexibility
  • Become more skilled at navigating complex issues in culture and media
  • Develop your presence, discernment and relating skills
  • Have more generative conversations around big topics

This is an 8 week process including:

  • Live lessons and Q&A’s with world-class instructors
  • A toolkit of self-development practices, working in a small group of other participants, and larger community calls
  • A 200 page course workbook covering key theories, models and exercises
  • Access to exclusive interviews with faculty
  • Feedback from previous courses

Sensemaking 101 has over 1000 alumni from 60 nationalities, with an average rating of over 90%. Here’s what people are saying about it:

“Totally impressed with the overall rigour of the course, the breadth and depth of the workbook material, and the delivery of the programme by the facilitators. Consistently heartfelt, vulnerable and engaging.”

“It feels like this course has been an answer to many of our prayers during very confusing times.”

“I absolutely loved the programme. The Pod experience has been the best part. I learnt about the importance of breathing; about adopting an “inquiry” approach/mindset and to seek out alternative perspectives and ‘good’ journalling. All in all, a great experience.”

“Thank you for this work! This 8 week span changed my life. I was able to get the breakthrough I didn’t even know I needed :)”

“I’ve experienced a few life changing events, as I suppose most people do by the time they reach late middle age, and this has been one of them, although I can’t quite explain how. Some things have become clear in a way that they were not before.”

What to Expect

In order to adapt to the constantly changing social environment we live in, we need to become more fluid and flexible in how we think. We need to stay curious, open-minded and get better at holding multiple perspectives. Sensemaking 101 will give you a combination of practices that help you develop these skills – including mindfulness, somatic inquiry and breathwork – and show you how to apply them to making sense of media, culture and the systems we live in.

Much of what you’ll learn is around developing your inner sovereignty – a deep but flexible connection to yourself, one that allows you to make your own decisions and take responsibility for your life, while still staying deeply receptive to the world.

Paradoxically, it is a strong sense of sovereignty that allows us to collaborate effectively with others. The course will help you do exactly this, in small ‘pods’ of four people as well as larger group calls and teacher Q&A’s. In the process, you’ll also learn how to more effectively tap into the collective intelligence we need to solve problems we can’t solve by ourselves.
While it will be very much your process, this course is also inspired by a phrase that came out of Rebel Wisdom’s in-person transformative weekend retreats.

“We have to do it ourselves, but we don’t have to do it alone.”

We will be going on an adventure together to grow up, clean up, wake up and show up so that we can become effective players on the cutting edge of culture. It’s an adventure that asks you to become a warrior for the human spirit, connecting you to your essential gifts so that together we can imagine, design and realise something that’s more than the sum of its parts.


Daniel Schmachtenberger – Daniel is a founding member of The Consilience Project and star of Rebel Wisdom’s ‘The War on Sensemaking‘ Daniel is focused on improving the health and development of individuals and society, with a virtuous relationship between the two as a goal. His work focuses on catastrophic and existential risk, civilization and institutional decay and collapse as well as progress, collective action problems, social organization theories, and the relevant domains in philosophy and science.

Diane Musho Hamilton – Diane Musho Hamilton is an author, award-winning mediator and teacher of Zen. She combines decades of work in conflict resolution with depth of experience in sitting meditation. She often says that “mediate” and “meditate”, share the same purpose: to bring what is divided or in dispute into harmony. In mediation, one brings disputing parties to agreement. In meditation, one brings body, speech, and mind into coherence with the environment. With warmth, depth and insight, she encourages us to work with our differences, while discovering our fundamental unity.

John Vervaeke – John Vervaeke is a cognitive scientist and award-winning lecturer at the University of Toronto. He is also the creator of the YouTube series ‘Awakening from the Meaning Crisis’. His work seeks to integrate research from psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguists, and philosophy to try and tackle central problems about the nature of cognition. He also teaches courses on Buddhism and Cognitive Science, and the scientific basis of mindfulness. Watch John Vervaeke on Rebel Wisdom here.

Doshin Roshi – Doshin is a poet, troublemaker, and teacher – a Zen Master of no rank. He is the founder of Integral Zen, and was recognized as a Zen Master and received Inka from JunPo, Roshi in 2011. Known as ‘The Shadow Roshi’, Doshin has a deep understanding of how we can integrate the aspects of ourselves we can’t see. He is a powerful meditation teacher and runs popular retreats around the world.

Sara Ness – Sara Ness is the Founder and Chief Instigator of Authentic Revolution. She began teaching Authentic Relating in 2012, founding a thousands-strong learning community in Austin, Texas and going on to train over 350 leaders and help found 30+ other communities worldwide. Sara is passionate about exposing the joy of human connection and exploring our creative potential through relationship.

Alexander Beiner – Alexander is co-founder of Rebel Wisdom as well as a mindfulness instructor, Holistic Counsellor and writer. He has been finding innovative ways to teach presence since setting up a meditation school, Open Meditation, in 2012. He takes an Integral approach to personal growth and brings a wealth of knowledge into the science and phenomenology of different states of awareness.

David Fuller – David is co-founder of Rebel Wisdom, trained as a Holistic Counsellor and has been deeply involved in inner growth work for over a decade. He leads on Rebel Wisdom’s editorial output and has two decades of experience as a journalist and filmmaker, with a particular interest in how we can make sense of a fragmented information ecology by developing our discernment, sovereignty and awareness.

About Rebel Wisdom:

Rebel Wisdom is an alternative media platform focused on uncovering rebellious ideas to help make sense of the times we live in. With a quarter of a million subscribers and a growing community of members, we create films, articles and experiences designed to help people find new ways to understand culture, make meaning and navigate a complex information landscape. Find out more on


Course Fee Paid Directly to Rebel Wisdom: £295 / $385 – Register using this link and enter the coupon: Ubiquity_Rebel

This course qualifies for 3 credits for enrolled Ubiquity Students. To obtain academic credit for this independent study opportunity, you will need to pay our normal tuition rate in addition to the fee charged by Rebel Wisdom, and turn in your post-paper for grading. If you would like to import this course for credit, please contact our Registrar at and they will send you a separate Ubiquity University invoice. Cost: BA students – $300, MA students – $600 and PhD students – $900.

Requirements for enrolled Degree students to earn 3 Credits:

End of course essay describing the impact on your life of studying this material

  • For BA students – 6-9 pages in length
  • For MA students – 10-15 pages in length
  • For PhD students – 20-25 pages in length

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