Introduction Course on Metamodernism Starting March 6

We’re happy to announce that Emil Ejner Friis, one of the co-founders of Metamoderna, has started doing online courses on Psychedelic Society’s Dandelion platform. Here’s what he has to offer:

This course is for anyone interested in getting a thorough introduction to metamodernism. Pre-existing knowledge not required.

Metamodernism, the paradigm following postmodernism, is the latest emerging grand narrative of our time. It describes a set of interrelated developments in philosophy, politics, ethics and aesthetics you ought to know about, especially if you want to see the future humanity potentially is headed towards. You may not be ready for it yet, but your kids are gonna love it.

You will finish the course understanding the relevance and importance of stage theory, how to distinguish metamodernism from postmodernism and integral theory, and how to apply this new way of thinking to your life.

The course will take place 7 pm – 9 pm (2h) UK time via Zoom, for four consecutive Mondays beginning March 6.

Here is an overview of what you will learn:

SESSION 1: What Metamodernism Is, and What It’s Not

  • A super brief introduction to modernism and postmodernism.
  • A brief history of the term “metamodernism”.
  • The three different “kinds” of metamodernism.
  • What’s the difference between metamodernism and integral?
  • Are you metamodern? A quick personality test.
  • What people usually get wrong about metamodernism.

SESSION 2: An Introduction to Stage Theories

  • Development, why it’s real and why it matters!
  • Why we should use stage theories, and why they aren’t evil.
  • A very brief introduction to: Piaget, Spiral Dynamics, Ken Wilber, Kegan, Michael Common’s Model of – Hierarchical complexity.
  • Hanzi Freinacht’s four dimensions of developments and how it adds up to the effective value meme.
  • The ways stage theories delude people and drive them crazy.
  • How stage theories in fact are being used for “evil”.
  • A better use of stage theories. How to not be a jerk around them.

SESSION 3: An Introduction to Hanzi Freinacht’s Philosophy

  • Who is Hanzi? And more importantly, why is Hanzi?
  • Didn’t read The Listening Society? Don’t have the time? No problem, Emil will tell you all you need to know for a dinner table conversation.
  • Same with Nordic Ideology? Emil’s got you covered.
  • The things most people misunderstand about Hanzi.
  • How to not be like most people.

SESSION 4: The Difference between Modernism, Postmodernism and Metamodernism

  • A brief history of modernism and postmodernism.
  • How to spot metamodernism, and where to look.
  • The tricky task of telling postmodernism and metamodernism apart.
  • What makes our current society postmodern?
  • What would a metamodern society look like?


Emil Ejner Friis (b. 1981) is a theory artist and a teacher of metamodernism, he is a co-founder of Metamoderna and one of the writers behind Hanzi Freinacht. He has spent the last ten years trying to figure out how to create a listening society, a kinder and more developed society that deeply cares for the happiness and emotional needs of every citizen.

He has tried and failed at creating a metamodern political party, he has tried and failed at creating a metamodern IT-company, and he has just plainly failed at ever finishing his not so metamodern university studies by being drawn to all kinds of adventures to try and save the world instead.

When he’s not writing and theorizing from his safehouse in Berlin, he’s conspiring with other metamodernly inclined hackers, hipsters and hippies to outcompete modern society. To pay the rent he sells words, all the best words.

Emil is a skilled and experienced speaker and has a reputation of being quite entertaining and good at making complex ideas easier to digest.

You can follow Emil on his facebook profile here.

Here’s a link to the tickets: