My name is Nathan Mutanda Chukueke. I was born in Manhattan, New York. We started this site in 2000 using directnic.com. The concept of social alchemy is ancient. We can find it in the threads of history. Its general idea is that living things change and hopefully grow better when their existence in social environments that are nurturing by design, but not manipulating and abusive toward one social needs.
It should be mentioned I am not a scientist or scholar. My background professionally, culturally, or nationally has influenced my interpretation of concept of social alchemy.
While I came up with the term on my own, others have done the same before me and I’ve seen afterwards . Again, in my case what influenced concept coming together was the fact my experiences and associations.
My mother Pearlease Alston was a psychiatric social work supervisor in New York City. She exposed me to the New York City world of social welfare, the NAACP and civil rights movement growing up in Brooklyn.
My grandfather was Ralph Wilder, a master Carpenter, member of Freemasons and Elks of Charleston in South Carolina. His son Allen Wilder was a member of the Alpha lodge of a Freemason in New York City. They were care taker of some of my recreational time as a young man in living New York and summers in Charleston. Their time spent with me, what I saw them do and taught me about the aesthetics of nine craft, the multiple dimensions of human interaction, and the honor in the tradition of workmanship was invaluable. It was their influence that led to me to current my decades long fellowship with one of the Rosicrucian orders. From the Rosicrucian and my grandfather Mr. Wilder, the notion of social ethics and brotherhood was supportive.
Being fortunate enough to have grown up in New York City, I have been to have studied classical Chinese and Japanese martial arts over the decades. In America and Asia I have explored Taoism and Buddhism, as they relate mind, body and culture. Some of the oldest yoga organization in America exists in New York City, and I have benefited from experiences with them. The resources of these groups have improved my knowledge of Hindu Hatha and Jnana yoga and how they have influenced esoteric western organic metaphysics.
Then my own experiences of world travel, decades of associations with New York arts scene have influenced my perceptions. Then those I have gnostic and Christian group I’ve associated with have also affected how I see the world. In some ways, we could say, I am a product of a type of Invisible college.