A Recap of This 12 months’s Knowledge 2.0 • We Weblog The World

It was nice to be again at Knowledge 2.0 once more, which returned to San Francisco. An annual occasion we attended for years, this 12 months’s occasion ran from April 27-29, 2023 on the Yerba Buena Heart. A few of this 12 months’s highlighted audio system embrace Yung Pueblo, Gabor Maté, Byron Katie, Jack Kornfield, Dr. Lyla June Johnston, Rhonda Magee, Alex Senegal, Mohammed Mohammed, Chip Conley, OpenAI/ChatGPT’s Sam Altman, MAPS founder Rick Doblin and lots of extra.

It’s at all times nice to be within the presence of Spirit Rock’s Jack Kornfield who’s a part of the Knowledge 2.0 workforce. An American author and trainer within the Vipassana motion in American Theravada Buddhism, he educated as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma and India, and has taught mindfulness meditation worldwide since 1974. He moderated and was half of some panel discussions on the primary stage with lead producer and host of the occasion, Soren Gordhamer. (beneath)

Soren Gordhamer and Jack Kornfield on the primary stage

Soren additionally interviewed Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who principally spoke of gender equality. She made a number of legitimate and compelling factors as a mom, as a mentor and as an entrepreneur. On the opposite aspect of Covid, many individuals had extra time to spend with their households and Jennifer confirmed what they’ve realized by way of analysis, together with the truth that when males spend time with their kids, there’s much less despair. Different questions offered included: What about unworthiness? How can we take care of it? What impression is expertise having on our kids?

Soren Gordhamer and Jennifer Siebel Newsom

She says that we have to have a look at age applicable design for expertise and in addition set boundaries on the place and when. Throughout recess in school, children aren’t socializing as a lot after they spend your complete break wanting down at their telephones. When children are extra remoted and fewer social, it will probably have an effect on their psychological well being, together with however not restricted to consuming problems, anxiousness and despair. “Comparability results in all unhappiness,” says after which added, “Our youngsters are lovely mirrors for us.”

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Whereas most individuals know her because the spouse of Governor Gavin Newsom, she’s additionally an American documentary filmmaker, director, producer and actress. Jennifer was behind Miss Illustration, which premiered within the documentary competitors on the 2011 Sundance Movie Competition. “We nonetheless devalue female energy in our society,” she says. 

Sounds True founder Tami Simon interviewed Dr. Jeremy Hunter on Managing Your Nervous System, a subject that may very well be helpful for all of us. In any case, doesn’t it really feel like we’re getting extra calls for? Within the dialogue, they requested, “Can we use enterprise to impress our evolution?”

Sounds True founder Tami Simon at Knowledge 2.0

Utilizing your life as a coaching floor, he mentioned how we are able to make a life regardless of all of the stuff hitting us regularly. In different phrases, how can we handle all of it whereas conserving our nervous system in verify? Jeremy says, “There’s little or no systematically that focuses on the inward journey, what’s happening inside. What we’ve left off the desk is sensing, feeling and connecting. We have to evolve to see a way more expanded view of ourselves and step into it.” He provides, “We now have radically settled for what it means to be human.” I couldn’t agree extra.

Jeremy asserts that we have to evolve our personal private working system. He spoke of his personal experiences in life and the way beginning early on in our lives, we attempt to normalize what we’ve skilled as kids. In different phrases, we normalize our trauma as a result of we don’t see it as trauma. He says that we should “heal our trauma and take it significantly.” Put one other method, folks all too usually need to take a look at too quickly. We could embark upon the therapeutic, however we are able to’t hand over or let go too quickly. “It’s not simply reworking the wound, however it’s additionally eradicating the worry,” he provides.

Dr. Jeremy Hunter on stage with Tami Simon

Talking of trauma, world famend trauma professional Dr. Gabor Maté kicked issues off on the opening evening. The bestselling creator of 4 books revealed in over thirty languages, Gabor is an internationally famend speaker extremely wanted for his experience on dependancy, trauma, childhood growth, and the connection of stress and sickness. He’s additionally co-developer of a therapeutic method, Compassionate Inquiry, now studied by tons of of therapists, physicians, counselors, and others internationally.

Soren Gordhamer and Dr. GaborMaté

Quite than providing quick-fix options to those complicated points, he weaves collectively scientific analysis, case histories, and his personal insights and expertise to current a broad perspective that empowers folks to advertise their very own therapeutic and others. After his Friday night hearth chat, he returned on Saturday to reply questions casually with others on-site, which is the place I had a chance to attach with him.

I’ve been a fan of Byron Katie’s work for years. Paradoxically, she calls her work The Work. One of many distinctive issues about her appearances at Knowledge 2.0 (and sometimes different locations), is that she’ll work immediately with folks within the viewers, which she did once more. One of many issues we introduced up as a collective, was unworthiness – it comes up in all places doesn’t it?

She requested the viewers, “Discover what comes into your physique while you consider moments in your life as unworthy.” It’s once we are in our small ego self that we don’t understand our energy. She provides, “I expertise ego as a terrified, frightened baby. Relaxation is the absence of ego, for ego doesn’t sleep.” No marvel meditation and silent moments along with your Increased Self kick ego to the door. That is how Byron Katie explains it:

“While you permit time and house earlier than ego comes into the house, there’s gentle and freedom. The ego is available in to call it. The ego doesn’t sleep as a result of it’s petrified of being nothing. We’re at all times searching for the reply to ‘Who am I?’ In different phrases, the ego is searching for a house. While you sit in self-inquiry, the ego is noisy. However its respectful to take heed to a terrified baby, so compassion and empathy are wanted. Observe: what’s attempting to emerge? Ask the wounded, terrified baby a few perception system she holds. Is it actually true?” -Byron Katie

Then she requested, “Witness the way you react while you imagine a thought or perception. Discover the way you react and be witness to it. Get in contact with the state of affairs.” If anger emerges, its helpful to keep in mind that you can’t be indignant until you’re previously or the long run. Attempt to get indignant within the current second – it’s not potential is it? While you’re really within the current second. Later, she says “Nobody would ever hurt one other human being in the event that they weren’t asleep to themselves.”

One of many issues I really like about her teachings, is that it requires you to be current. While you’re previously or future, it’s as if there’s an egoic play going backwards and forwards, like being caught within the dream of a previous/future play. However while you sit in silence and authentically inquire from that place, you miss nothing. Anticipating is really the struggling.

Diego Perez additionally joined us (beneath on the appropriate). He’s the poet and thinker behind the pen identify Yung Pueblo, which implies ‘younger folks’ and it reminds him of his Ecuadorian roots and activism. He says, “each time we soak up new stuff, we’re at all times conditioning the thoughts; it occurs constantly after age seven. Every of us are wired so in a different way that we have to discover no matter works to unwire that conditioning.” He asks the viewers, “What meets my conditioning the place it’s at?”

Left, David Simas and proper, Diego Perez

He asserts that slowing down is vital to that unwiring. Quite than always plugging into our expertise and social media, he suggests:

“Be current and simply soak up issues. We’re not critically fascinated about the topics we flick through. Be okay to say ‘no,’ and don’t at all times have an opinion. While you decelerate, you permit your self house and time to totally perceive the subject, get the solutions from inside and simply observe.” -Diego Perez (Yung Pueblo)

He continued to share his classes, you realize…the elemental issues we attempt to train kids however collectively fail at, similar to being form to one another, selecting up after your self, not hitting each other, saying constructive issues (not detrimental issues) to others and treating the planet effectively. Hear hear. These are certainly fundamental and basic finest practices. He says, “Your first response is your previous, your intentional response is your current.”

Dr. Lyla June Johnston (aka Lyla June) additionally graced the Knowledge 2.0 stage this 12 months. She is an Indigenous musician, scholar, and group organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages and I’ve heard her converse (and sing) in a number of others locations, together with the IONS Convention (Institute of Noetic Sciences). We captured a few of her efficiency on video, so you should definitely take a look at the abstract video on the backside of the article.

Lyla June Johnston

Her messages deal with Indigenous rights, supporting youth, conventional land stewardship practices and therapeutic inter-generational and inter-cultural trauma. Proper after Lyla, Dr. Yuria Celidwen spoke on the primary stage. She is from Indigenous Nahua and Maya descent, born right into a household of mystics, healers, poets, and explorers from the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. I really like the way in which she speaks as a result of it’s poetic and synergistic, largely influenced by her elders’ songs and tales which enthralled her childhood. She says, “They enhanced my mythic creativeness and emotional instinct, which turned the fertile soil the place the seeds of kindness, play, and marvel dig their roots.”

Dr. Yuria Celidwen

In her speak, she spoke about how her grandparents acquired their data of therapeutic from the earth. Yuria says, “they listened to the chants of the wind and the gossip of the birds. Within the forest and starlight evening, she realized about transcendence and contemplative life. She has realized over time how one can transcend her slender identification and increase into one thing rather more, the place she has realized how one can take care of all life on our planet. It’s integral to her ancestors’ teachings.

“Discovering dwelling has been a lifelong journey, so it has been a continuing inquiry,” she says. “Dreaming is…time with out time, the place we set ourselves free. Within the face of impossibility, we be taught that we are able to fly.” Her slides present how the advantage of indigenous sciences is at all times for the well-being of the planet, not for particular person acquire. It’s at all times concerning the collective acquire.

Dr. Yuria Celidwen’s slide

She additionally spoke concerning the ethics of belonging. Kin relationality is about embracing all of existence. Mom Earth is a nurturer. “Ecological belonging,” she says, “takes Mom Earth into consideration and her skill to thrive. There’s no such factor as a human being flourishing until Mom Earth thrives first.

Dr. Yuria Celidwen on the primary stage

“We wish transcendence, not transactions. We have to bridge and create a way of belonging for every part on our shared existence. Being contributors means having an ethics of belonging for all dwelling issues. It’s weaving thriller and inquiry and go away a way of sacredness.” -Dr. Yuria Celidwen

Dr. Rick Doblin, who’s most generally known as the founder and government director of the Multidisciplinary Affiliation for Psychedelic Research (MAPS), additionally took middle stage to speak about psychedelics. Fostering the psychedelic Renaissance, he joked about his bar mitzvah. He says he was hungry for the subsequent degree expertise at age 13. Ahead wind the clock to current day, his son mentioned to him after his first expertise, “Now I perceive why you need to make this a drugs.”

Dr. Rick Doblin

Rick says, “we’d like an evolution of the spirit. Past PTSD, folks lengthy for a deeper non secular expertise, to quiet the thoughts and calm the soul.” That longing is actually exhibiting up world wide proper now. We have to personal our personal stuff – our traumas, our shadows, our triggers – all of it.

When somebody goes by way of PTSD, their mind isn’t sorting data usually. When folks have a MDMA expertise, he says, the worry alerts from these reminiscences are diminished. It will increase a connection inside the hippocampus and releases helpful issues like oxytocin. Once they’ve executed research on mice, they’ve been in a position to see that the MDMA will increase neuroplasticity which in people, could make psychotherapy simpler. Rick says, “The MDMA brings reminiscences to the floor however in a method that makes them safer and never so traumatic.”

This isn’t an peculiar remedy expertise and the periods are lengthy. Contemplate 42 hours or longer of remedy with two therapists – in his case, they do the periods with one feminine and one male therapist. They name it The Archeology of Trauma. Of their Section 2 research, folks acquired higher over time on their very own with out the drug as a result of “they‘ve realized how one can launch the trauma of their our bodies and the consequences are sturdy.” The progress has been staggering when you think about how briskly it’s being carried out and more and more accepted.

The subject of youngsters got here up and their overuse of video video games and social media in addition to how one can elevate medicine with them. Rick asserts that the key is “educating accountable use and accountability. Educate them that there’s a accountable approach to work together and have a relationship with regardless of the ‘factor‘ is, whether or not its video video games or a drug. Youngsters want sincere drug training.” They want to be taught issues in a method that makes them really feel protected and in addition how they’ll navigate it with out getting kicked out of their social peer group. Rick reminded us that there’s one factor that folks worry greater than dying and that’s getting kicked out of a tribe.

We’re forging forward although and acceptance is occurring. Adoption is occurring. And therapeutic is occurring. It doesn’t imply that each one trauma disappears in a single day, however it does imply that we are able to work to cut back it one step at a time.

“We wish a world of internet zero trauma. It doesn’t imply no trauma. It means we’re not including to it.” -Dr. Rick Doblin 

Dr. Rick Doblin

Though I didn’t see each session, a favourite was john powell, who purposely spells his identify with a small j and a small p. He does this as a result of he shares the idea that we must be “a part of the universe, not over it, as capitals signify”. He’s an internationally acknowledged professional within the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, structural racism, housing, poverty, and democracy in addition to the Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute on the College of California, Berkeley, a analysis institute that brings collectively students, group advocates, communicators, and policymakers to establish and remove the limitations to an inclusive, simply, and sustainable society and to create transformative change towards a extra equitable world.

john powell on the Knowledge 2.0 stage in April

We additionally had been graced by the presence of Rhonda Magee who I am keen on. As a Professor of Regulation on the College of San Francisco, she has studied mindfulness, its underlying origins in Buddhism, and its potential advantages and purposes on this planet for greater than twenty years. A prolific creator, she attracts on regulation and authorized historical past to weave storytelling, poetry, evaluation and practices into inspiration for altering how we predict, act and dwell higher collectively in a quickly altering world. A daring transfer, she acquired up on stage and led us in tune. (see the video beneath to get a peak of it). It was soul inspiring, genuine and I’d add, enjoyable.

Rhonda Magee leads the viewers in tune

The closing speak was extra of a fireplace chat between Soren Gordhamer, Jack Kornfield and the founding father of OpenAI Sam Altman. Jack and Soren had questions however the cause that the room was packed was as a result of everybody had so many questions on how AI goes to impression our lives and the place ChatGBT is headed. What is going to it imply for society? How will it disrupt different industries? How will it have an effect on humanity and our trajectory as a species?

Soren Gordhamer and Jack Kornfield on the final panel of the day with Sam Altman of OpenAI

Excited concerning the collective knowledge from the lots for AI, Sam says, “That is going to be an enormous change to society, so we’d like as many individuals concerned as potential. We’d like developer cooperation and a framework from humanity concerning the values folks respect and wish.” How a lot will it change into a part of our lives, you marvel? Sam says, “I feel AI will simply be a part of society.”

Soren requested Sam, “How do you see the function of identification in your individual life? And what’s the function of tech and AI?” Sam says, “Something that will get you to query is sweet. It’s fascinating to observe folks attempt to perceive if AI can have an actual identification. I feel it’s essential to launch this and permit folks to adapt. I’m considerably fearful however we’ll uncover how one can combine this into our lives.”

Sam Altman, Founding father of OpenAI

As for the magnitude of this sociological and technological shift, Sam says that he thinks it will likely be “greater than a technological revolution. It will likely be nearer to a societal revolution. It would occur on a societal degree actually quick however I feel we must also take pleasure that society has come collectively to do unbelievable issues in such a brief time frame.”

They ultimately moved onto ChatGBT for apparent causes. It has exploded and rapidly. You would possibly say that ChatGBT has had a quicker adoption than anything within the expertise business. Examine it to Instagram and different apps or instruments that took off in a short time. Within the dialogue, they addressed the why, which led to issues rising as a result of it’s helpful, however I’d argue that’s not at all times the case. ChatGBT can also be surreal, has an awe element and its outerworldly in numerous methods.

However what about ChatCBT’s skill to be taught by itself and determine issues out? Sam responded with a query, “Will this be one big mind within the sky? I feel it will likely be extra just like the all that contributes to the knowledge within the sky.” He added, “we might want to transfer past capitalism to deal with humanity and the place it’s going. As we evolve, we might want to transfer past it.”

All of us appear to agree that humanity must develop a connection to a better consciousness and embody it. Consciousness is already there. The million greenback query is: will AI assist with this in a constructive method?

Jack piped in and mentioned, “I solely respect collective knowledge. Let’s be taught collectively on how we shepherd and steward this.” Jack additionally added his personal perspective into staying grounded and tending to your interior life as an entrepreneur. He says, “We have to get quiet sufficient to hear deeply to our personal knowledge and insights, so we are able to have a spaciousness and a graciousness to make higher choices.” Hear hear Jack.

Jack Kornfield

Apart from speak, panels and hearth chats, there’s experiential time. Lots of the audio system additionally went into deeper dive discussions with folks in smaller break-out rooms. And naturally, there’s networking with fascinating folks from world wide, all of whom are thinking about consciousness, expertise, science, enterprise and spirituality.

The principle stage

Dr. Gabor Mate chats with folks outdoors

Lyla June Johnston

Rhonda Magee

Soren Gordhamer

Soren Gordhamer with Rick Doblin

The Knowledge 2.0 workforce

The Knowledge 2.0 workforce

The lounge the place folks may sit, community and watch the primary stage walks on display screen.

A l’il connection time

Different sitting areas to talk and join

A breakout dialogue on AI and the place it’s headed.

Jenee Johnson of Sankofa Remedy

The principle stage

At our Birds of a Feather dinner dialogue consciousness, weaving in the very best from science and spirituality.

Watch a Spotlight Video right here to get a taste for the occasion for those who’ve by no means been, in addition to our temporary abstract video beneath from this 12 months’s occasion. We hope to see you subsequent 12 months.


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