How Creativity Can Change The World; Daan Roosegaarde
- Light installation project in the heart of Amsterdam that created the perception of ‘a flooded city’, making pedestrians imagine the city below sea level, in order to raise awareness of climate change through art.
- Device that creates jewelry out of air pollution, cleaning the air as it functions. “Through this project we are cleaning the planet and doing something beautiful with it, […] turning a tedious task into an artistic one.”
Hacking the Brain; Moran Cerf
- It is in our nature to make up stories to understand the world we see, despite the inaccuracies, biases or judgements that come along with this. Our brain creates content with meaning based on the unfiltered reality around us.
- There is a small time frame between the moment ‘our brain’ knows something and ‘we’ know something.
- What is the potential of our dreams? Apparently, there is a state in our dream cycle (referred to as lucid dreaming) where certain experiences (e.g. smoke of a cigarette) within a controlled context can stimulate brain patterns and change the brain’s connectivity, leading to behavioral changes (based on neuroplasticity). This leaves a vast potential to explore treatment for addictions, post-traumatic syndromes or depression based on intervening in this phase of dreaming.
- What is our identity? Imagine our consciousness could be transferred to a machine that works with or even independently to our bodies. Does our identity lie on our physical bodies, or on consciousness of our existence?
The Brain and Consciousness; Hannah Critchlow
- What is it that makes us truly human?
- Research interest in exploring the use of drug micro-dosing to treat patients from post-traumatic syndromes.
Cancer: Crossing the Incurable Sea; Dr Jack Kreindler
How to Make the World a Better Place for People, Animals and the World; Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE
- Jane Goodall talked about the cross-generation relationship & co-existence of a generation that has damaged the world, “stealing the future from their kids”, and emphasized on the important the role of the current youth.
- She talked about how we live in a world where the human intellect has taken us to fascinating alleys, such as building rockets or editing genes, yet we have become the only species capable of causing serious damage to our planet. “We are at the verge of destroying it. We seem to be both the most intelligent and stupid of the species.”
- She runs an education programme that engages with the youth around the world and inspires use their passion to take action and have a positive impact in the world. Through my eyes, it was inspiring to see how clearly her actions arise from both the mind and the heart. “It is only when the heart and the mind are in harmony with each other that true positive change comes.” I have to admit her talk deeply moved me and stirred something inside.
These were just some take-aways from a day filled with insights about where the world is at, some of the risks we are facing and the current direction we are pursuing to tackle them. Hopefully it stirred your curiosity to investigate more about some of the topics covered, the work of the speakers that presented or encouraged you to attend next year!
More about the conference here.