International Forum on Consciousness: VIRTUAL EVENT
Consciousness of Connection - Awakening from Despair to Awe
MAY 20-21, 2021 | MADISON, WI
Global society faces unprecedented change, in living conditions, economic displacement, information and technology, and our natural environment. On one hand, we have seen amazing social evolution over the decades with technology allowing the individual to stay connected to families, information, and all points global. And yet with this pervasive means of connection we find profound loneliness, isolation, and an epidemic of depression and suicide. How can we make the connections that support a mutual flourishing?
We will examine the kinds of connections that transcend our individual selves, and reach our inner desire to be part of an interconnected world… perhaps to transform our current sense of the individual, community, and society, from independent to interdependent. More specifically, we will examine connection across the primary aspects of our lives – with:
- Self, and the many selves in our amazing neural networks
- Others, and the multiple communities we intersect
- Nature, and the breadth of life forms that surround us
This year’s forum is designed not only to broaden curiosity, but to appreciate the energy that can only emerge with connection. It’s our attempt to leave attendees with more questions than they came in with and to provide methods to cultivate connection and make ourselves and our planet more alive, healthier and happier.
Heather Berlin, DPhil, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Michael J. Gelb, Author, Motivational Speaker, Consultant, Juggler; Sleepy Hollow, NY
Rachelle C. Sampson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; Senior Policy Scholar, Center for Business and Public Policy, Georgetown University, Washington DC
Kim Samuel, Founder and Chief Belonging Officer, Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Daniel Siegel, M.D., Founding Co-Director, Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC); Clinical Professor of Psychiatry; Editor-in-Chief, Norton Professional Series in Interpersonal Neurobiology; Co-Investigator, UCLA Center for Culture, Brain & Development, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Rosalind Watts, Ph.D., Clinical Lead Psychologist, Centre for Psychedelic Research, Imperial College London, London, UK
Andreas Weber, Ph.D., Writer and Independent Scholar, Berlin, Germany
William Linton, President & CEO, Promega Corporation; President, BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute; Co-Founder & Executive Director, Usona Institute, Madison, WI
Penny Patterson, Vice President, Communications, Promega Corporation, Madison, WI
Steve Paulson, Executive Producer, To The Best Of Our Knowledge, Wisconsin Public Radio and PRX, Madison WI
Coordinated by Promega Corporation and the BTC Institute, the International Forum on Consciousness offers a lively two days of information-sharing and discussion regarding important – and often challenging – topics. Launched in 2010, the Forum has focused on exploring dimensions of consciousness.
This has involved looking into various realms, pushing the envelope at times, while remaining centered on engaging our audience and our speakers. We have been guided through a range of topics, including creativity, near death, entheogens, intelligence in nature, business evolution, the effects of sensory inputs and ways of detecting and measuring consciousness. Consciousness of Connection – Awakening from Despair to Awe continues this journey.