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HOUSE MEETING - 21st Century - A New Age Of Enlightenment Or Darkness?

  • Sep 20, 2012 · 7:00 PM

At this House meeting Kathryn Best will lead us in a discussion of what it means to be a 21st century citizen.

What does it mean to be an enlightened citizen in the present age, and are we indeed entering a new age of enlightenment or one of darkness.

The Enlightenment is a philosophical movement of the 18th century, characterised by belief in the power of human reason and by innovations in political, religious, and educational doctrine.The Enlightenment flourished until about 1790–1800, after which the emphasis on reason gave way to Romanticism's emphasis on emotion.

Today the spirit of The Enlightenment is also being challenged as reason alone has not created an enlightened society.

How do we create a new spirit of enlightenment in the 21st century which is a ‘practical’ movement characterised by belief in the power of human sovereignty and by innovations in political, religious, and educational doctrine.

Enlightenment has always been about breaking free of the restrictions of the mind, the belief structures that we have created based on our judgements of the results of past events. Today we need to do that more than ever but how - especially in an age when there are new dark forces challenging this process. It is this that we hope to discuss at this House Meeting.

Kathryn Best is a writer, speaker, educator and consultant in design and the creative industries, and the author of 2 books on Design Management. Her new book on design and systemic change is due out in late 2012.

Please note this is a House Meeting and the venue will be sent out to all those wanting to attend at a later date.

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  • sarah

    Excellent level of engagement & discussion - beautifully chaired & lead by Kathryn - thank you also Kathryn for providing us thirsty travellers with beverages & a creatively inspiring setting! Very interesting inputs & all highly relevant to the upcoming house meeting "The Successful Community". Thanks

    September 21, 2012

  • Shahid

    It was a good nd I enjoyed tonight's meet-up.

    September 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the discussion.

    September 20, 2012

  • Christopher Chan J.

    Hello, when will we find out the address?

    September 20, 2012

  • Francis S.

    Jonathan it should be ok for your two friends to come along.

    September 20, 2012

  • Jazz R.

    "Enlightenment cannot be described, only experienced."
    ~The Buddha.
    ..So are we going to be facilitated through some experiences? Or will this be a purely philosophical dialogue?

    August 21, 2012

    • Kathryn B.

      Words do not teach at all. It is life experience that brings you your
      knowing. But when you hear words that are a vibrational match to the
      knowing that you have accumulated, then sometimes it's easier for you to
      sort it all out. --- Abraham

      September 20, 2012

    • Jonathan H.

      Only this morning - I watched a VERY powerful clip of Abraham. Thanks for posting this, Kathryn - look forward to seeing you, this evening...

      1 · September 20, 2012

  • Jonathan H.

    Hi - I'm coming this evening. And would love to now bring a guest, Hetty Einzig... and am not sure how to do that. Also - another friend, Diane Kutz, has recently become a full member (in the last week) - and would also like to come. (She thought it was full & is now in town & not at a PC). Is there are any way to get confirmation of their places. (Sorry to fill this thread with such adminny stuff!)

    September 20, 2012

  • Kathryn B.

    I am looking forward to seeing you all tonight. Perhaps, picking up on the criteria for enlightenment/enlightened society, you could reflect on the following before coming: what does (or what will) an enlightened society look and feel and be like ?

    September 20, 2012

  • Maria

    On the other hand, we enjoy individual rights more than ever before. Women, as the biggest marginalized group on the planet, are getting empowered ( on different scale) almost everywhere. Also, New Age spiritual movements are breaking free from old religious dogmas, incorporating mystical teachings from world religions and some scientific discoveries.

    These were just a few ideas about this controversial subject.

    September 19, 2012

  • Maria

    This was an interesting conversation so far, but we still don't know what are criterias for a New Age of Enlightenment. Is one of them secularisation? There are many countries today were government and church work (too) closely for "the higest good".
    It seems we're not religious any more- yet we're religious about science or political ideology... How about slavery /human traficking in today's world where are involved 10-30 million people?

    September 19, 2012

  • P.Selvaratnam

    I wish to attend Is there a spot left please?

    September 19, 2012

  • Julian

    Sounds amazing. Wish I could have been there.

    September 19, 2012

  • Eamon W.

    Your Einstein quote captures the problem nicely.

    September 19, 2012

  • Francis S.

    This House meeting takes place in the SE1 area and close to Borough Tube Station. Those registered have and will get the actual address.

    September 19, 2012

  • Willetta W.

    Where is the venue?

    September 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you please tell me if we have a location for this meeting yet. With kind regards, always Neil.

    September 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking forward to this meeting very much. From what we are seeing now most of the world leaders have failed us as they are too interested in conflict and not enough dialogue. There is deep mistrust between the different people that makes up the human race. Only we as citizens can help make a positive difference by contacting our local and national leaders to help make the changes that they have failed to bring to our new age in this young and new century.

    September 15, 2012

  • Phil S.

    Breaking free of the belief structures that we have created would provide a gateway to a new Enlightenment and generate a rush to a new age of human creativity and innovation. If a new Enlightenment is to occur, the problems of how to bring people to believing that belief itself is holding us back and then how to facilitate a shift to freedom from belief are problems it's essential to find solutions for.

    A sense of urgency is needed too. Those dark forces you touch on Kathryn are looming ever closer...

    September 11, 2012

    • Kathryn B.

      From The Godfather (movie): 'Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer'.

      September 13, 2012

  • Adrian B.

    I've called this the Gonzo Decade - as humanity becomes less humble and more arrogant, so some people seem to be turning their back on science, claiming they know better. Adults should be free to make such choices for themselves, but if they make such choices for their children or their community the consequences can be fatal.

    1 · September 4, 2012

  • Bruce L.

    Hi Kathryn
    Unfortunately I expect to be away on 20th but look forward to reading/reviewing your new book ... Who are the publishers?
    Hope the meeting goes well.
    All good wishes

    1 · August 21, 2012

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