Ever since the earliest of days of Wisdom 2.0, the San Francisco-based event that brings together the brightest of minds and thinkers in the world of consciousness and technology, I was drawn to it, and not just because I personally happen to know several of the speakers they bring in every year. When Silicon Valley was starting to be too driven by money and flipping companies (again), Wisdom 2.0 entered the scene at a time when we were being flooded by the same speaking heads who seemed to be center stage at all the same events.
Wisdom 2.0 was a welcome and inspiring newbie to the scene and while start-up culture and technology is embraced, the core of Wisdom 2.0 is about being grounded, being guided by your heart and innate ‘knowing’, making balance an integral part of your life and following a life of conscious thinking, whether that be at home, while riding your bike, on a walk, having dinner with friends or yes, in the boardroom.
The event brings together leaders in the intersection of wisdom in the digital age and while past speakers have included the founders of Facebook, Twitter, and eBay, you’ll also hear from some of the best teachers from various wisdom traditions, including the likes of Byron Katie (The Work of Byron Katie); Jon Kabat-Zinn (Wherever You Go, There You Are); Richard Schwartz (The Center for Self-Leadership); Glennon Doyle (Love Warrior), and many others. (View a full list of speakers here.)
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Last year’s event was incredible on and off the stage and while it isn’t the intimate gathering it was in its earliest of days, it has evolved and grown into a powerful event that is at the crossroads at some of the most powerful conversations you need to hear today. Quite frankly, it’s become a “must attend” event in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am inspired by its mission and raison d’etre so much that we decided to team up as a community partner this year to bring their curated voices to people who may not have heard about Wisdom 2.0 from around the globe. In other words, if you play at all in or follow technology and want to live a life of consciousness and purpose, it’s worth heading to the city by the bay in February. After all, it’s not as if you can’t fill your agenda with a myriad of other cultural, food, nature and spiritual things, from side trips to Lake Tahoe to the east, Marin, Sonoma and Napa to the north and the stunning coast along Route 1 to the south.
They already gather thousands of people from over 30 countries and part of the interactive agenda is to discuss and collaborate with this intention in mind: “How do we live with greater presence, purpose and wisdom in the Digital Age?” You may have been exploring this topic for years or maybe you’re new to it but have always been curious. In addition to hearing from speakers on the main stage, you can join hosted conversations and breakout sessions that help to deepen and expand the conversation.
The event is now in its eighth year and includes an optional Wisdom Practice Day on the Monday after the conference (February 20), which is a full day of practice led by Byron Katie, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and other teachers. There will also be several parties, yoga and meditation classes, Q&A with speakers, an expanded Embodiment Lounge, and the crowd-favorite People’s Stage, which offers breakout sessions led and chosen by conference participants. New this year, New Ventures West is sponsoring an expanded Integration Lounge that will offer drop-in coaching sessions and other programming. This year the event is moving to the Innovation Hangar at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
Wisdom 2.0 2017: Innovation and Spaciousness
February 17 – 19, 2017
Main Conference February 20, 2017
Wisdom Practice Day with Byron Katie and Jon Kabat-Zinn Hosted at the Innovation Hangar at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA.
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Tickets are on sale now at wisdom2conference.com/register.
All photo credits, courtesy of BZM Studio Photography.