Wisdom 2.0 Conference and Wisdom Week Return to San Francisco in February 2016

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Technology executives, business leaders, wisdom teachers, and social changemakers come together to explore how to live compassionately in the Internet era

Wisdom 2.0 presenters and participants explore ways for the constantly-connected modern person to evolve and thrive in a dramatically-changing world.

Arianna Huffington calls it her favorite conference. For eight years now, the Wisdom 2.0 Conference has addressed the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world.

The annual Wisdom 2.0 Summit 2016 will be held February 20 – 22, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco, California. Visit Wisdom 2.0 online at http://www.wisdom2conference.com for information.

This year's outstanding lineup includes technology and business leaders, wisdom teachers, and social changemakers including: Ryan Higa, one of the most watched Youtubers in the world with over 15 million followers; Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack, the fastest company in history to reach a $1 billion valuation; Byron Katie, author and teacher dedicated to showing people how to stop suffering; and Russell Simmons, entrepreneur, author, activist, and philanthropist.

Wisdom 2.0 brings together several thousand people from around the world for an event that is part conference, part festival, part meeting of the minds. “We try not to be the usual sit-and-listen conference,” says founder Soren Gordhamer. “This is a think tank-style, interactive gathering with hosted conversations, yoga rooms, enchanting decor, community-led break outs and more.”

Together, Wisdom 2.0 presenters and participants explore ways for the constantly-connected modern person to evolve and thrive in a dramatically-changing world. This year, the opening day of the conference will feature a full day comprised exclusively of breakout sessions, allowing people to engage in a more interactive and intimate way on a wide array of topics – from sex and relationships, to Facebook and compassion, to mindfulness and racial justice. Sunday and Monday will feature mainstage speakers.

The conference returns to the San Francisco Marriott Marquis for the third year in a row. Conveniently located in San Francisco, the Marriott is an expansive space that allows participants to choose between main stage and breakout sessions; organized activities like yoga and meditation; and quiet corners for sitting, thinking, chatting and networking. New this year, Eileen Fischer’s Learning Lab will be sponsoring an "Embodiment Lounge" – a place to practice connection while being grounded in the body.

The 2016 conference will be preceded by Wisdom Week 2016, a series of affiliated wisdom-centric events in the Bay Area. Wisdom Week allows participants to dive deep into a particular focus area, alongside friends and colleagues who share an interest in promoting greater mindfulness, compassion, and awareness in the digital age. 2016 events include a Women’s Leadership Intensive, a Wisdompreneurs gathering, and the always-popular Unconference at Google. Visit http://www.wisdomweek.com for more details.

Founded by Soren Gordhamer, Wisdom 2.0 began as a small gathering of about 325 people in 2009; annual conferences have now grown to over 2,500, and events have been added in New York, Dublin, Singapore, and more. Former speakers include the founders of Facebook, Twitter, eBay, and Paypal; CEOs of Ford, Aetna, and the Huffington Post; artists, performers, and activists; and wisdom teachers and authors from a variety of traditions.

Wisdom 2.0 has become an international movement, and has sparked an ardent discussion in Silicon Valley, New York business circles, and in communities around the globe of the value of mindfulness in our high-speed, interconnected age.

Learn more at http://www.wisdom2conference.com.


  •     Russell Simmons, CEO, Rush Communications
  •     Mark Bertolini, Chairman & CEO, Aetna
  •     Byron Katie, teacher and author, Loving What Is
  •     D. Scott Phoenix, co-founder, Vicarious
  •     Justine Musk, writer
  •     Stewart Butterfield, co-founder and CEO, Slack
  •     Jon Kabat-Zinn, teacher and author, Wherever You Go There You Are
  •     Roshi Joan Halifax, Upaya Zen Center
  •     Prince Ea, Musician & Activist
  •     Tim Ryan, U.S. Congressman, Ohio
  •     Jack Kornfield, teacher and author, The Wise Heart
  •     Eileen Fisher, founder, Eileen Fisher
  •     Karen May, Vice President, Learning & Development, Google
  •     Meng Tan, author, Search Inside Yourself
  •     Danae Ringelmann, Founder & Chief Development Officer, Indiegogo

And many, many more. See the full list at http://www.wisdom2conference.com/speakers

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