Location: Brussels, Belgium
The Power & Care Dialogue was planned, organized and hosted by our sister organization, Mind & Life Europe.
Participants: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama; Prof. Sir Paul Collier; Brother Thierry-Marie Courau, O.p.; Olafur Eliasson; Dr Scilla Elworthy; Prof. Dr Alexandra M. Freund; Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.d.; Prof. Dr Markus Heinrichs; Dr Uwe Jean Heuser; Prof. Em. Sarah Blaffer Hrdy; Thupten Jinpa, Ph.d.; Frédéric Laloux; Alaa Murabit, M.D.; Matthieu Ricard, Ph.d.; Prof. Johan Rockström; Prof. Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.d.; Prof. Dr Tania Singer; Prof. Dennis James Snower, Ph.d.; Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp; Theo Sowa; Pauline Tangiora, J.P., Q.S.O., Q.S.M.; Prof. Frans B. M. De Waal, Ph.d; Jody Williams
While the notion of power can be seen as a neutral concept, neither harmful nor beneficial by definition, the western historical perspective links it to concepts such as domination, instrumentalization, or sovereignty. This idea of power as power over is apparent in political, societal and interpersonal spheres, as indicated by problems such as the wealth gap, racial and gender inequality, and countless others.
At the other end of the spectrum is the notion of caring for, an enabling force in the service of individual and social transformation. Care evokes concepts such as altruism, compassion, interdependence and responsibility and is customarily seen as incompatible with the notion of power.
How might we understand the relations between these essential forces that shape human development on both the individual and collective levels? A deeper understanding of their function and dynamics will show how they can be conscientiously and fruitfully allied, and engender projects and actions that promote the flourishing of living beings and of our environment.
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