September 16-18 2014
Google’s ‘The Foundry’, Dublin
Technology executives, neuroscientists, authors, entrepreneurs and more gather at Google Dublin to explore living mindfully and compassionately in the digital age. Wisdom 2.0 is on its way 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 the great challenge 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.
Wisdom 2.0 will host its first-ever European conference at Google’s Foundry, on the historic dockyards in Dublin. Now known as “Silicon Docks,” this neighborhood is home to an ever-growing number of tech giants and startups alike. The timing couldn’t be better as contemporary mindfulness spreads rapidly across Europe, with Britain’s National Health Service reporting record numbers of meditators in the UK.
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.”
Founded by Soren Gordhamer, Wisdom 2.0 began as a small gathering of about 325 people in 2009; annual conferences have now grown to over 2,300, with regional events year-round in New York, Boulder, San Francisco, and more. Former speakers include the founders of Facebook, Twitter, eBay, and Paypal; CEOs of Ford, Aetna, and the Huffington Post; celebrities like actress Goldie Hawn; elected officials and policy makers; and wisdom teachers and authors from a variety of traditions. 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.
Wisdom 2.0 strives to bring this conversation to the world in an accessible, innovative, and inclusive way.