Connecting for Change 2009 – Program Details

“I truly believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Today’s most important challenges cannot be met by working within the confines of traditional sectors. Inspirational, corporate, social and philanthropic innovators will share their experiences transforming themselves, their organizations and communities. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be a guest at a special session of this invitation-only dialogue intended to inspire crosssector connections and collaborations.

Saturday, September 26th

Connect with fellow attendees to share experiences and begin the dialogue.

On Saturday evening, attendees will adjourn to the homes of local hosts for dinner. The intention of the dinner dialogue is to provide an opportunity to deepen connections and conversations around specific topics. Dinner dialogue topics will be distributed to attendees for selection in advance of the event.

Sunday, September 27th

Attendees will attend the World Peace Through Personal Peace Dialogue in the morning, and the Nobel Laureates Dialogue in the afternoon, amongst social events aimed to continuing the dialogue more informally.

World Peace through Personal Peace
A discussion will be held on overcoming adversity and inner transformation to work towards a peaceful world. Engaged in the dialogue will be Nobel Laureates and others who have influenced peaceful societal change through their endeavors, including His Holiness the Dalai LamaArchbishop Desmond Tutu and Eckhart Tolle.

Dalai Lama Desmond Tutu Eckhart Tolle

Experience an afternoon that will be more than memorable – following Nobel Laureates in Dialogue: Connecting for Peace – participants will host a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.Dalai Lama

Nobel Laureates in Dialogue:  Connecting for Peace
Leadership in the peaceful resolution of conflict requires both an understanding of differences and an appreciation of our common humanity.  It combines a sense of responsibility for others with faith in the power of individuals to shape institutions and create positive change. It also requires working with others to share efforts, create new possibilities, and bridge divides. In this inspiring dialogue, five Nobel Peace Laureates – including the Dalai LamaArchbishop Desmond TutuMairead Maguire, Betty Williams, and Jody Williams – will discuss their own motivations, their experiences of connecting for change, and their perspectives on our human responsibilities at the present time.

Dalai Lama Desmund Tutu Mairead Mcguire Betty Williams Jody Williams

Monday, September 28th

Informed by dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Sunday, attendees will work with facilitators to explore inspirational stories of connections and collaborations that have resulted insignificant change, and together identify opportunities and commitments to advancing existing or starting new initiatives that will contribute to change locally and globally.

Tuesday, September 29th

Optional: Attendees are invited to consider attending two optional public dialogues: Women and Peacebuilding and Educating the Heart.  Tickets for these optional events are available (Please check the Dalai Lama Center Website for updates).

Women & Peace-BuildingDalai Lama and Kim Campbell
A conversation with the Dalai Lama and friends – Across the globe, women play a vital but often unrecognized role in working towards peace. To validate that role we will acknowledge women’s leadership in peace-building, consider the strategies and tools that women employ, and the ways in which they empower others through compassionate action.  Through their formal and informal networks they are highly invested in preventing conflict through promoting cultural and international understanding, tolerance, and cooperation. This program will bring together men and women to engage in dialogue and share innovative ways that women are exercising their influence and exerting power that is reshaping the world for future generations.

Educating the HeartDalai Lama
Educators are recognizing the positive results of the practice of social emotional education. This type of learning provides students with an opportunity to develop concentration and creativity, deepen understanding and insight, and cultivate awareness. We will provide an opportunity to have a dialogue with researchers and teachers on the current research and results of SEL practice.

Connecting for Change would like to thank the very dedicated Program Design team for their dedication to ensuring C4C is a success:
Nicole-Anne Boyer
Juanita Brown
Charles Holmes
Dawna Markova
Samantha Tan

We regret an unavoidable scheduling conflict with the Yom Kippur high holiday. To the extent possible we have organized the program to accommodate the holiday’s observances.

Please note that this program is subject to change, as well as the list of  Nobel Laureates and other high profile participants.

Why is this an invitaton-only event?

The intention of C4C has been to purposefully create connections between people who would likely never otherwise meet. In order to build meaningful connections, each Connecting for Change event has started with a handful of people, each identifying 2-3 others they respect and would like to invite, and the process has expanded out from there. Our intention is to test and develop a process that could be used by others to help expand and grow opportunities for people to come together to learn with and from each other and commit to life affirming actions.

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