THE FUTURE CAN BE BETTER THAN WE THINK.
Agenda, Nov. 5-7, 2021.
Agenda, Nov. 5-7, 2021.
VIRTUAL KEYNOTE 1 - LIVESTREAM
Who Do We Choose To Be?
by Margaret Wheatley
As activists who want to make a difference, we need to open to the world as it is and, from that awareness, define what is the difference we can make in this ever-changing reality. No matter what we do or external conditions beyond our control, we can choose to embody the best human qualities: generosity, compassion, presence. We can choose to focus on what is needed from us, rather than what we want. We can choose service rather than self. Meg will be streamed in from Utah, USA.
VIRTUAL KEYNOTE 2 - LIVESTREAM
The future is already here, but we need to pay attention to it
by Otto Scharmer
The future is already here, but so is the past. The pandemic has laid bare everything broken in our current civilizational model: the ecological, the social, and the spiritual divides. What this moment and this decade is calling for is to reimagine and reshape our path forward. As change makers, we need to become stewards in activating and cultivating transformation literacy, both within ourselves, among ourselves, and in the systems that we collectively enact. Otto's keynote will be streamed in.
Bayo Akomolafe, Charo Lanao and Phoebe Tickell will explore the future of activism
"What if the ways we respond to the crises that haunt us are part of the crises?"
Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.), rooted with the Yoruba people in a more-than-human world, is the father to Alethea and Kyah, the grateful life-partner to Ije, son and brother. A widely celebrated international speaker, posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, public intellectual, essayist, and author of two books, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home (North Atlantic Books) and We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak, Bayo Akomolafe is the Chief Curator of The Emergence Network and host of the online postactivist course, ‘We Will dance with Mountains’. www.emergencenetwork.org
Phoebe Tickell (virtual)
"How do we protect the sacred if we are out of touch with what is sacred to us?"
Phoebe Tickell is Director of Collective Imagination at Moral Imaginations, an organisation that is developing collective imagination practices to reconnect people to a sense of cosmic identity and restored meaning-making. She asks the question, “Can imagination power our moral courage and expanded empathy for the world?” Phoebe is a renegade scientist, systems designer and social entrepreneur, passionate about creating opportunities for transformation of people - and through that, transformation of society, and planet. Her field research areas include exploring molecular biology, the future of technology, designing a new food system, experimenting with new ways of working, or creating alternatives to our current education system.
Charo Lanao (virtual)
Mar del Rio Lanao (Charo) is a woman with a depth of knowledge and commitment gathered from her awareness and experience of ancient human systems, their myths and legends and their unwavering respect for Mother Earth. Her journeys of learning and facilitation have taken her across the continents, allowing her to experience and support communities North, South, East and West.
Our education systems teach the head, but without the heart change is often an ill-conceived thing that ends in disappointment and failure, which can be costly. Charo redresses that balance, facilitating and hosting small or big gatherings to achieve more successful, sustainable, outcomes. She supports her clients to think with their hearts and feel with their minds, to imagine possibilities, hold intentions and commitments and adapt, with creativity and flexibility, to uncertainty, to what lies ahead. Her style of listening and drawing out from participants their own unique solutions has made her an integral agent of change in over 15 countries worldwide.