In just a few short weeks, there is an exciting gathering of a rapidly growing tribe. Thought leaders in the transformative technology movement are coming together for the Shifting the Paradigm Retreat at the Esalen Institute. In this post, we want to give you a sense of who they are and what themes they are excited to explore with participants.
In previous posts, we've featured Nichol Bradford of The Transformative Technology Lab, Lisa Padilla of Spiritual VR and Barry Pousman of Variable Labs - all partners for the program.
Here are a few other thought leaders helping to create the experience:
Chip Conley: Chip is on the Board of Burning Man and the Esalen Institute as well as being Head of Strategy at Airbnb. In these roles, he's been on the forefront of the intersections of innovation, business and technology for decades. Chip role will be to surface the themes of where this movement is currently as well as helping envision where it's headed.
Walter Greenleaf is an Expert on The Medical Applications of Virtual Reality Technology at the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab. He's maintained a dual role in academics and business and is a world leader in developing clinical applications of VR Technology in the treatment of PTSD, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders and addictions.
Jodi Schiller is the founder of ARVR Women and a number of ARVR startups. She's a global thought leader and frequent keynote speaker on the topics of AR storytelling, marketing and enterprise, building a diverse team and increasing VR adoption across the market. She also believes in solving "impossible" problems by gamifying life and has a reputation for making stuff happen.
And at the time of this writing over 40 other people have enrolled, all either current or emerging thought leaders in this space.
What is the vision?
The vision of the Shifting the Paradigm event:
We are creating a game changing community at the intersection of VR, Impact and Mindfulness. We're building & co-creating the next great gathering, informed by TED, World Economic Forum, Burning Man & Summit Series - our vision is to have the same type of high level, intimate, experiential gathering, but distributed and iterative to explore the edges of emergence, purpose and technology. We will re-establish Esalen as the Davos of Reality and our community as the UN of VR through this initial event as it becomes our annual gathering.
Here are some of the themes that will be covered:
Here is a look at some of the content programming we are designing into the experience:
- Mechanics of an Empathy Engine
- Perspective: Diversity & Women's Influence
- Sound crafting for emotional Engagement
- Consciousness Expanded: Neuroscience & Behavior Change
- Cause: Social Impact & 4Good Initiatives for Global Challenges
- The Coming Experience Economy
- Exponential Tech Convergence
- Culture Creation
- Virtual Worlds
- Nature of Reality
- Paint the Future: Ignite Talks
- Lab Unconference
The experience and the program will be co-created using the talent and experience of the multifaceted visionaries who are attending. That said, we have created the above themes and certain roles to inspire creative collaboration and a positive experience.
These roles include Meta Luminaries, Partners and Advisors, Impact Creators, Mindfulness Makers, Emerging Tech Artists, Financial & Social Capital Co-creators, Mind Scientists, Reality Design Lab Network, and Impact Experience Network partners.
When you apply to the Retreat, your application will be assessed and the information you provided will be utilized to shape the experience to your desired outcomes.
Again, the Shifting the Paradigm Retreat is October 9th-14th at the Esalen Institute. If you are passionate about the intersection of Mindfulness, Entrepreneurship and Transformative Tech - as the other thought leaders gathering for this historic program are - we would love to have your wisdom in the circle!