Power & Care includes five sessions, from Friday, September 9th morning to Sunday, September 11th noon, 2016.


SESSION 1: Perspectives from ethology, anthropology and ecology
Friday, September 9th, 2016: 9:30-11:30am

The impulse to dominate and the desire to weave and maintain bonds with others are the two fundamental forces prevailing in both non-human and human relationships. This session will present the big picture, from the complex interactions of power and care in animals, primates in particular, through early ages of human history up to the present impact of power and care on the state of the planet and on the fate of future generations.

Speakers: H.H. the Dalai Lama; Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. (interpreter); Matthieu Ricard, Ph.D. (moderator); Prof. Frans B. M. de Waal, Ph.D.; Prof. em. Sarah Blaffer Hrdy; Prof. Johan Rockström


SESSION 2: Perspectives from psychology, endocrinology and neuroscience
Friday, September 9th, 2016: 13:00-15:00pm

The second session will focus on the psychological, endocrinological, and neuro-scientific bases of power and care. From the perspective of motivational psychology, humans are equipped with different “motives” that influence our behavior and interaction with others. Recent findings in neuroscience suggest that altruism and compassion can be developed through training, leading to brain plasticity and increased pro-social behavior. How can psychology and neuroscience contribute to the formulation of new models of global cooperation and responsibility?

Speakers: H.H. the Dalai Lama; Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. (interpreter); Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D. (moderator); Prof. Dr Alexandra M. Freund; Prof. Dr Markus Heinrichs; Prof. Dr Tania Singer; Prof. Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.


SESSION 3: Perspectives from spiritual and religious traditions
Saturday, September 10th, 2016: 9:30-11:30am

Religious and spiritual institutions are influential forces that promote peace and compassion and are concerned with the cultivation of an ethical existence. Yet at the same time they wield vast power that has often been used for divisive and destructive purposes and are profoundly implicated in the economics and government of societies, past and present. How can the world’s religions transform themselves and channel their immense power in order to remain viable agents of positive change?

Speakers: H.H. the Dalai Lama; Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. (interpreter); Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D. (moderator); Pauline Tangiora, J.P., Q.S.O., Q.S.M.; Matthieu Ricard, Ph.D.; Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp; Brother Thierry-Marie Courau, o.p.; Alaa Murabit, M.D.


SESSION 4: Perspectives from economics and society
Saturday, September 10th, 2016: 13:00-15:00pm

Politics and economics are the quintessential arenas for the expression of power in the social realm. Since political-economic reasoning dominates our social and cultural lives how can motivations belonging to the “care constellation” be introduced into economic thinking and therefore into the societal structures that regulate human relations? Indeed, there are other models and behaviors that can create equilibrium between these elements that determine so much of our daily existence. 

Speakers: H.H. the Dalai Lama; Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. (interpreter); Dr Uwe Jean Heuser (moderator); Prof. Dennis James Snower, Ph.D.; Prof. Sir Paul Collier; Theo Sowa; Jody Williams


SESSION 5: Personal commitment and global responsibility
Sunday, September 11th, 2016: 9:30-11:30am

The issue of “empowerment” as a component of personal and collective engagement, and the concept of care as an expression of responsibility for our planet and its civilizations in times of strife, forced migration and homelessness, and distress at the individual and societal levels, will provide the focus for our final session. Power and care are two primary elements that may not, finally, be opposed but rather coexist as a condition of dynamic and constructive equilibrium.

Speakers: H.H. the Dalai Lama; Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. (interpreter); Theo Sowa (moderator); Olafur Eliasson; Dr Scilla Elworthy; Frédéric Laloux; Prof. Dr Tania Singer


Program subject to change