Today we set up a new Patreon page for Modern Stoicism Ltd., the non-profit organization that puts on Stoic Week and the annual Stoicon conference. Modern Stoicism is an international philanthropic organization run by a multi-disciplinary team of volunteers.
I was one of the original members who joined the project in 2012, when it was started by Christopher Gill, professor emeritus of Ancient Thought at Exeter University in England. Since then our organization has grown exponentially. Some of the best-known authors in the field of Stoicism have been involved in our team or have spoken at our conferences. Stoic Week, our original online course, has grown from 700 participants in its first year to 7,000 last year! I was asked to organize the Stoicon conference last year in Toronto, which attracted 400 attendees from around the world.
Here are just some of the Modern Stoicism organization’s activities:
- The annual Stoic Week online course, in which 7,000 people participated last year.
- The Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) research project, testing the effectiveness of training in core Stoic psychological strategies, in which thousands of people have participated around the world.
- The Stoic Attitudes and Behaviours Scale (SABS) research project, which gathers and analyzes data on Stoic questionnaires in order to make comparisons with established psychological measures.
- The Stoicism Today blog, edited by Greg Sadler, which contains over 500 articles on Stoicism from people all over the world, applying Stoic principles in different walks of life.
- The annual Stoicon conference on Stoicism in modern life, which took place in Toronto last year, attended by four hundred people from around the world, and is an opportunity for people engaged in Stoicism as a way of life to hear from leading academics in the field.
- The annual Stoicon-x mini-conferences, which take place around the world each year, giving newer speakers an opportunity to discuss Stoicism with a wider audience.
- Publishing books containing articles from our contributors as well as detailed online reports explaining our research findings.
It may surprise you to know that Modern Stoicism does not receive any ongoing funding. As the organization has grown, and reached more people, its expenses have also grown. We’ve managed to raise money in the past by charging for conference tickets or accepting sponsorship from individuals via PayPal. However, it would certainly help us to continue our work if we could raise a little bit more money, on a consistent basis.
You can now help by visiting our new Patreon page and becoming a patron or sponsor of the organization.
As always, thanks for your support,
PS. Here’s a video of our original workshop at Exeter University, back in 2012.