The next few days will see Dublin play host to a very interesting kind of tech summit, the very first Europe based ‘Wisdom 2.0’ event.
16-18 September, Dublin
Communication is likely one of the biggest area of advance in our lifetimes. Words speed across in the internet and phones in an instant and all day every day. You can translate words at the tap of a button and use an app on your phone to help you record and then interpret talks or lectures. But with all this whizzy busy technology, we often wonder if it’s too fast? But a conference in Dublin this week will look at how technology and mindful, happy living can work in harmony.
Featured in the New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Financial Times, Forbes and many other business magazines, Wisdom 2.0 has sparked an ardent discussion in Silicon Valley, New York business circles, and in communities around the globe of the value of mindfulness in our high-speed, interconnected age. Technology executives, neuroscientists, authors, entrepreneurs and more will gather at Google’s Foundry to explore what mindful living means and how ti works in the digital age.
It comes to Europe for the first time, on the heels of a sold-out fifth-annual Wisdom 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. Through a series of conferences and events, Wisdom 2.0 addresses one of the great challenges of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world.
And the timing couldn’t be better with more and more people searching for ways to be happy in their work, and in bringing meditation, mindfulness, yoga and similar into their daily lives and seeing the benefits.
The lineup of speakers for Wisdom 2.0 Europe includes author and mindfulness teacher Sharon Salzburg; social neuroscientist Tania Singer; MIT lecturer and scholar Otto Scharmer; MindValley founder and CEO Vishen Lakhiani; and more. September 16 and 17 will include speakers, panels, meditation practices, connection exercises, and evening events for networking with speakers and participants. The optional third day, September 18, will allow time for intensive, group exploration of one of two topics: Mindful Living or Mindful Business.
“We try not to be the usual sit-and-listen conference,” says founder Soren Gordhamer. “This is a think tank-style, interactive gathering.” The primary focus of Wisdom 2.0 events is on interacting with other participants to make meaningful, lasting connections, bringing new ideas, communities, and innovations into the world long after the event has ended.
After speaking at Wisdom 2.0 Business in New York in September 2013, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said: “The conversations at Wisdom 2.0 on mindfulness in business and society are some of most critical of our time.” Together, Wisdom 2.0 presenters and participants explore ways for the constantly-connected modern person to evolve and thrive in a dramatically-changing world.
“There is little question whether the external technologies of our age, from computers to cell phones and beyond, will continue to advance,” says conference founder Gordhamer. “The more vital question is whether our ‘internal technologies’ of wisdom and compassion will advance along with them.”