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The first of its kind Wisdom 2.0 Conference brought together people from a variety of different disciplines to explore the concept of how we can live mindfully amidst fast-paced streams of information and technologies that are becoming the daily reality for many people. Speakers ranged from Google executives to Zen priests to Twitter venture capitalists to small business owners to nonprofit consultants. The conference organizer and founder, Soren Gordhamer, framed the weekend's speakers by exploring the challenge and possibilities of whether it is possible to be mindful while being highly connected and having constant multiple demands on our attention.
Over the past few years, the growth of social media and other connective technologies has exploded. Now that these tools have been around awhile, we seem to be at the next stage of "post-modern mindfulness," if you will, of figuring out how we can make the most of these technologies, yet still live meaningful, productive lives.
Many of the conference themes resonated for not just the technology world, but for any sector you happen to work with. My notebook (yes, an old-fashioned one with paper, not the electronic kind) was jam-packed with notes and insights I got from the terrific speakers there, but here were some of the key points that resonanted for me:
The Wisdom 2.0 Conference showed me that none of us are alone in the struggle. Whether you're a high-level CEO, a Zen priest, or just your average joe, we're all in this challenge together of using and living with technology to its fullest, mindful, as well as productive, potential.
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