Awe To Action
a day of exploration & dialogue

Saturday July 10, 2004
9AM to 11PM

Program

Daytime / idea cauldron

with:
Huston Smith, internationally recognized author of The World's Religions; Larry Harvey,founder of The Burning Man Festival; plus many more...

++ Dozens of discussions & breakouts ++
++ for you to connect, create ++



Nighttime / ceremonial revelry

Zikr with Tamam Kahn: open your heart with sufi dance and chanting
++ feel the pulse of the earth with dj Ammon ++
++ oceanic visuals by okeanos ++





Program Highlights

PLENARY SESSIONS IN THE SANCTUARY

Featuring Huston Smith, Bob Jesse, Larry Harvey, John Perry Barlow, and others. Bringing their various different perspectives on the question of awe, our plenary presenters will guide us in an impassioned inquiry into profoundly moving experiences, the role of community in integrating these experiences, and ways to take sustained action in the world based on moments of inspiration and wonder.

PLUS...

Add your perspective to those of new creative communities, old spiritual traditions, and science as we explore the many facets of transforming awe into action. Breakout sessions and discussions include:

THE NATURE OF AWE

What exactly is the experience of awe? How is it described by others, and what are the commonalities among different experiential reports? In this panel discussion with leading researchers and scholars whose work focuses on "awe," you will explore models for talking about and engaging with this ineffable, often ephemeral phenomenon.

PERSISTENCE OF VISION

You've got an incredible idea - one you're passionate about and know will make a difference in the world. As you start to get things together, however, you hit one roadblock after another. Contributors start changing the project. Funding that was supposed to be there is withdrawn. Events in your personal life demand your attention. How do you keep a project alive through the inevitable shifting forces that might otherwise spell its demise? Bring your questions and ideas!

OPEN SOURCE AND SOCIAL ACTION

The Open Source movement in softward has revolutionized the way people work together to create useful tools and products. A piece of Open Source software called "the Apache Web Server" is the most widely used web server software in the world. Join a discussion with the lead architect and developer of Apache in answering such questions s: What is the open source model? How was it inspired, and what are its goals? How can this model be effectvely used in non-technical projects as well?

BUILDING COMMUNITY: LESSONS LEARNED

A panel of community builders share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of creating and sustaining intentional awe-centered communities ranging in size from dozens to hundreds of people. How can community help integrate awe experiences into focused action that is sustainable?

THE OTHER 51 WEEKS

Tens of thousands of people from around the world make an annual pilgrimage to the Nevada desert for the Burning Man festival. How do you take the magic of a week-long celebration in a remote and desolate wasteland and turn it into a year-round force for social change? Is there something to be learned from "radical self-expression" that can be applied to "making a difference in the world?" What works and what hasn't in translating the ever-evolving culture of one of the world's most unique events into an engaged global community?

ACTION IN THE AMAZON

A discussion on the intersection of politics, spirituality and indigenous culture in one of the most fertile and diverse bio-regions of the world. How does the Amazon serve as a “source” of awe, and how is awe-sourced action finding its way back to the rainforest?

COLLABORATION AND CO-CREATION: MODELS FOR NON-HIERARCHICAL PRODUCTIVITY

What's possible when everyone in a group has an equal share of ownership and contribution to a project? How does such a group define a vision, much less a working plan? How do you let go of your need to control every aspect of a project? Essentially, how do you CREATE synergy? This dynamic workshop will give you the perspective, tools, and resources to cultivate collaboration and co-creation in any project or idea.

FEMININE IMPACT: COMMUNITIES OF WOMEN

Does the new millenium spell "paradigm shift" for the centers of power in the world? Quite possibly, if the trend of women pooling their creativity and resources is any indication. An in-depth conversation about the successes created by groups of committed women.

EXPERIENTIAL EXPLORATIONS

From meditation, to movement, to yoga, to art-making... take your pick of a variety of experiential sessions offered throughout the day to energize your body, mind, and spirit.

INTERFAITH INQUIRY: LEARNING FROM THE TRADITIONS

Over the millennia, in cultures around the globe, experiential practices and structures have emerged to support and express the experience of awe. How do these different traditions perceive the experience of awe? What role does ritual play? How do they express the experience of awe in their precepts and practices?
An interfaith panel of representatives from Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Taoist and Jewish traditions share their perspectives and practices, moderated by Bob Walter, Executive Director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation.

AND MANY MORE...




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