STUDY CIRCLE - 21st Century Enlightenment. Session Two

  • March 4, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This is the second session of the 21st Century – A New Age of Enlightenment or Darkness study circle. Many people wanted to follow on the discussion and so we are now planning to do this by developing the first study circle within GlobalNet21.

The first study circle will met on Thursday January 10th at 7.30pm and this is the third session.

Kathryn Best will facilitate this Study Circle and 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 2013.

We will continue to explore 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.

There is a need for a new enlightened model for how we can create/recreate our future, but will it come from the top or the bottom of our current power structures, or is a combination of both necessary for success?

The first house meeting agreed on the importance of shared meaning, on the need for more conversation (and less TV), more curiosity and imagination (and less fear and rigid thinking), more pleasure generated from accomplishing things and less reliance on our addictions and distractions - technology or otherwise. Enlightenment is a choice we all make as individuals, as communities and as a global society.

This study circle will take the discussion forward,  question the status quo and inspire debate around theoretical and practical alternatives. How can we integrate both existing and better ways of living? What new frameworks can we create for a healthier concept of society and politics? And how can we use these to bring our systems back into balance - and align them with the right to prosperity and peace for all?

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  • Kathryn B.

    Hello, thank you again for such an enjoyable evening in March. There is a follow up session tomorrow night (7pm on Wednesday 10 April, the Roebuck) for those who can make it. In the meantime, here are some of the links we discussed in March. Feel free to add any I have missed. I will also put up notes from the meeting in the GlobalNet21 'past meetups' - resources section. Best wishes. Connect Ireland. www.connectireland.com - 'our country. your opportunity'. a national model for international collaboration (win-win)

    Triple Bottom Line. An accounting model that considers people, planet and profit. www.economist.com/node/[masked]

    Ken Wilber, Integral Theory. http://www.kenwilber.com/home/landing/index.html

    Recent post on powerlessness by Marlise Karlin (who leads meditation in schools initiatives) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marlise-karlin/the-rising-tide-of-powerl_b_2378295.html

    April 9, 2013

  • Phil S.

    As part of the exploration I discovered this. I found it to be personally very moving but it also might possibly show a way to one of the pathways... http://youtu.be/iCvmsMzlF7o

    March 8, 2013

    • Phil S.

      I find it a little sad that you find it sad Michael.

      March 8, 2013

    • MJY (Michael Y.

      Sad Friday, Phil.

      March 8, 2013

  • Thelma

    excellent

    2 · March 4, 2013

    • Kathryn B.

      lovely to meet you, trouble maker ;-)

      March 7, 2013

    • Thelma

      God (whomever s/he/it is) bless/es the troublemaker :-), so many troublemakers e.g. Galileo , as Michael pointed out, from the historical reflection have thrown much light on enlightenment. 'I' am just a drop in an ocean. I very much enjoyed the discussion - the different views and contributions and look forward to listening...

      1 · March 8, 2013

  • Julian C.

    Really enjoyed the evening sharing ideas and meeting very interesting people from a range of walks of life.

    March 7, 2013

  • Jerome T.

    I hope its ok to join as a total newcomer...

    1 · February 25, 2013

    • Kathryn B.

      Hello Jerome, please do come along to the next one.

      March 7, 2013

  • dave p.

    As the impact of technological progress was a subject we covered you might be interested in this critique in the New York Times - The Perils of Perfection
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/opinion/sunday/the-perils-of-perfection.html? r=2&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=[masked]ImXAno6XxNsxQDDVWqRJQ

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for your kind message, Elena. Unfortunately I'm not the best at recollecting names, and your photograph - while showing a very handsome feline - doesn't give me much of a clue. As, however, every person at the meeting was charming, I have no hesitation in saying "Good to see you, too".

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Kathryn B.

    Thank you to everyone for such a stimulating evenings discussions, I will upload the references mentioned, in the meantime, the writings I mentioned - by Stephen Hessel who died this week - are Engagez-vous (Get Involved) and Indignez-vous (Time for Outrage). Both short reads!

    1 · March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for this helpful information, Kathryn.

      1 · March 6, 2013

  • Elena

    Very interesting discussion

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Phil S.

    This really was a very interesting evening with stimulating and varied discussions among a group of bright and lively enlightenment seekers. I love this group. May the quest go on!

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • dave p.

    Very varied and interesting discussion

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • farhat n.

    i would love to join but i m living far in Pakistan.

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Andrew K.

    Would love to be there but I can't do Mondays. Enlightenment seems to me to require a personal journey. One of good intention

    2 · February 26, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    The date is problematic for me - but I've put the April one in my diary. Sorry to miss this after appreciating the previous session so much.

    1 · February 19, 2013

  • Phil S.

    I think I'm enlightened enough to know that I really do need enlightening as to what a New Enlightenment might or indeed might not mean.

    2 · February 19, 2013

  • Kathryn B.

    Please note the date and location change for this Study Circle. The new date is Monday 4 March at 7pm. It will beheld in a new location in SE1 (London Bridge/Borough).

    January 23, 2013

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