DIALOGUES FOR THE WORLD

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INTRODUCTION

501(c)(3) non-profit (in progress)

DIALOGUES FOR THE WORLD will exist to stimulate and catalyze fundamental changes in today's human society, in our brain and in our consciousness.

Centers created by Dialogues For The World will allow genuinely concerned individuals to gather and engage in open conversations or dialogues, verbal or nonverbal, with others, with themselves, with nature. People will explore freely the entire question of ‘who are we?' - without the pressure of knowledge. At the same time, some residents will pursue serious research, investigation, discourse, and summaries of relevant neurobiological data worldwide that support or reject the insightful states resulting from these open conversations or dialogues.

This is a long term project and we are looking for anyone to join us.

We feel that one fundamental step in pursuing peaceful human relationships and actual transformation among each other in a society that is increasingly dysfunctional and full of suffering, is to create places that are conducive for dialogue and reflection. These places are not to be used as isolated and separated communities to escape from the world, but rather places where we can genuinely pause from our daily lives to reflect, listen, observe, reconsider, re-evalute, converse with others, nature and silence in order to understand ourselves and to find out what else is there so we can actually move beyond our limitations and problems.

If you review the Mission and Vision (see below) of these Retreats we have included the science of the brain and nervous system as part of it. Our intention is not to make science and knowledge the main element of these Retreats, but rather is to allow a genuine unfolding of our spiritual potential. Keeping this in mind, a few paragraphs will explain why we have included science in this project.

WHY SCIENCE?

These places will be dedicated partly (beside the main purpose of having creative dialogues) to considering and examining the science of the brain and the nervous system, in particular the field of neuroscience, neurobiology, called neuroplasticity. These studies will be gathered from multiple perspectives: genetic, molecular, cellular, anatomical, neurophysiological, system, comparative, evolutionary, computational, behavioral, societal, cosmological and beyond. They will include organisms in all stages of development, but concentrate on the mature, adult, and aging stages of development. This research component won't be for everyone, (although anyone is invited and is welcome to participate), but is mainly for people who have a scientific interest and curiosity in these areas.

Further, we feel that it is important to make sure that these research activities won't interfere with the overall dialogue and the deeper intent of the retreats. On the contrary, we want this scientific field and activity to give us feedback, perspective and reliable knowledge and insight when necessary. We won't have actual science labs, but our purpose is to understand, analyze, review, and summarize other scientists' brain and nervous system research with clear and rigorous scientific approaches. There are currently in the world many scientists and labs generating good, prolific data, but there is not enough interpretation, synthesis or meta-analysis of these data.

Although we are aware that science will not solve our fundamental human problems, we feel that scienfitic qualities such as unbiased observation, dedication, and the pursuit of truth are also genuine spiritual qualities. Science can also give us perspective, facts, technology, and can challenge our assumptions. .

The main purpose for including the science of the brain and nervous system in these places is to first, keep any of the guests who will come to these retreats, up to date on what is happening in these fields; second, to bring up issues that can be investigated in dialogues; and third, when appropiate, point to corroboration, support or refutation of the insights that will be generated from direct discoveries of retreat interactions, dialogues and meditative endeavours.

Our reasoning and asumptions for including science and, specifically, the science of the brain and nervous system stem from the following:

We are interested in changing both individuals and society. We feel that this change involves the whole structure and depth that makes us human, from our biology, body, brain, all the way to the universe; from our minds, thinking, feelings, behavior, society, all the way to what we can call the spiritual, goodness, and beyond.

We also acknowledge that the human brain, with its ancient, current and pervasive activity of thought, language, experience and knowledge is caught in narrow behavior, fixed patterns, closed loops and one dimensional responses that greatly contribute to its deterioration and decay, affecting its overall functioning and health.

The brain, at one point in time, (and to this day, and at every moment), apparently in the process of developing higher functioning activities, from external movements to internal, cognitive ones, shifts into protecting more the content of these particular cognitive activities (thought, emotions and self-images) rather than the actual physical reality and the meaning of its existence.

So, we feel that a fundamental change in human beings has to include the brain and nervous system, which means the understanding of matter is crucial in order to allow genuine change and be able to have an insight into its unlimited source which is where we feel the real generation of this change comes from.

It is important to reflect on the fact that we are dealing, in these creative dialogues, not with a particular brain, but with an ancient common human brain, which makes the source of human problems universal and systemic. And although it includes particular problems, the source of these problems is deeper and universal, and there is a need to deal with them at that level.

Again, scientific work involves experiments, observations,insights, theories, understanding of facts, truths, and evidence, and we feel that dialogue or creative encounters and conversations among each other have the same qualities and, in a way, covers a similar scientific process, (except that the 'experiments' in dialogue come from an actual understanding of one's brain/mind, what it is now called, first person methodology) and in creative dialogues theory and facts (theory, understood as a way of observing, from 'theatre' in Greek) can be viewed as the living state of our unbiased observation of our own life, of our brain, emotions and thoughts, body, nature, society. And the evidence in creative dialogue can be shown or tested by the quality of our brain/mind, and our overalll behavior over time.

In sum, we feel that the brain can not only deeply change its structure and functioning, creating a new and more meaningful culture, but can, more importantly, renew itself.

Note: Brain renewal and changes in its structure and functioning throughout life is supported by current neurobiological research, a theme that will be addressed in the science section.

 

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GOALS AND OBJECTIVES for 2017/2018

 Legal formalization of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Construction of a well-designed website. Already a reality, we have finished this current design and althouth not fully operational, the main parts are, we will continue to work on it this year.

Formation of an organizing team committed to developing the formal and informal steps necessary to bring these centers to fruition, and to provide the scientific networks for neurobiology and brain research.

Formatization of a Board of Directors. Anyone interested in being part of a Board of Director? please write to us.

Exploration for funding, including revenue guidelines essential to initiate and build a solid financial endowment. Anyone ready to donate?

Exploration of potential land and facilities (beginning in California), including settings based on Frank Lloyd Wright's organic visions, and Christopher Alexander's design theories. Anyone ready to donate land or facilities?

Discussion of management styles based in part on Peter Senge's organizational insights.

 

 

 

 

VISION

The Vision and the Purpose of  ‘DIALOGUES FOR THE WORLD’ IS TO CREATE RESPONSIVE, SECURE, INCLUSIVE, VITAL, AND WISE, WORLDWIDE SOCIETIES AND COMMUNITIES, EMERGING FROM THE CULTIVATION OF THE WHOLE HUMAN BEING, FROM THE UNFOLDING OF GOODNESS AND INTELLIGENCE, IN ALL RELATIONSHIPS, FROM THE FLOWERING OF WISDOM, FROM A HEALTHY BRAIN AND BODY, FROM A NEW SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND FROM SCIENTIFIC AND SPIRITUAL MATURITY.

 

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MISSION

The Mission of ‘DIALOGUES FOR THE WORLD’ IS TO FACILITATE, CONVOKE, CREATE, CONDUCE, COMPOSE, AND COORDINATE, MEDITATIONAL AND CREATIVE DIALOGUES WORLDWIDE, AMONG COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND PEOPLE. FURTHER, TO PROVIDE, PREPARE, PUT TOGETHER, UNFOLD, AND SHARE ECOLOGICALLY BEAUTIFUL SETTINGS AND FACILITIES, SUCH AS EDUCATIONAL RETREAT CENTERS, WHERE INDIVIDUALS CAN FREELY ENGAGE AND PARTICIPATE IN SMALL GROUPS, AND THROUGH MEDITATIONAL DIALOGUES AND ENCOUNTERS, EXPLORE PERENNIAL QUESTIONS OF LIFE, LEARN ABOUT THEMSELVES AND OTHERS, BE OPEN TO INSIGHT, SILENCE, AND DAILY ACTIVITIES, AND WHEN NECESSARY, CONSIDERING, MIND/BRAIN INQUIRIES AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, AS WELL AS WHAT JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI AND OTHERS HAVE POINTED TO, AND IN THE PROCESS, REGENERATE AND CHANGE HUMAN SOCIETY.

 

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