San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 03, 2014
Marc Gafni is a Scholar-in-Residence and Director of the Center for World Spirituality. He is a philosopher and public intellectual who is leading the emergence of the World Spirituality movement based on what Gafni has termed the Democratization of Enlightenment. Dr. Marc Gafni will be discussing 'Digital Intimacy' on a Google Hangout with GoToGal Yifat Cohen on Thursday, July 3rd, 5pm-6pm PST.
Dr. Marc Gafni and Yifat Cohen met at a MetaMind event that Eben Pagen put together a few months ago, and being 2 Jews they began debating their online life and digital intimacy.
"Marc told me that he was writing a book about it and asked if I wanted to add a few chapters to it, and naturally I agreed," says Yifat.
Those few chapters have turned into a collaboration and Marc and Yifat are now writing the entire book together, and this hangout is the first in a series that will make up the entire book.
See, many people claim that society is becoming more and more distant, more and more disconnected from each other, from humanity because of technology.
The World of the Web would seem to be the place for connection. Its very name - Web – means the very same. And yet paradoxically the Web seems to bring with it a great loss of intimacy. People are no longer face to face. There is an ever more confusing terrain of gadgets and gizmos. Never before in history have people been so “connected” yet desperately seeking contact. The gap between connection and authentic contact seems to be an ever widening chasm.
"Are our Facebook friends really friends? Is their depth, commitment and meaning in our connections on line? Does the virtual have virtue in its web of values? Can connection yield true contact? Can digital information and method of connecting birth new intimacy? Can the virtual make us vulnerable in the best of ways? We have stepped into that chasm inviting us to a new narrative of the digital. We call it Digital Intimacy," says Marc Gafni when asked about the dialogue that will be occurring today during the Google Hangout.
Videos like 'Look Up' receive over 43 million views and thousands of comments demand that people give 'love', not 'like' but Marc and Yifat argue that technology also brings people closer and allows for more intimate relationships than ever before.
Agree or disagree, join the dialogue by joining the hangout series on Thursday July 3rd at 5pm PST and share a voice, a experience and debate with Marc and Yifat. And invite 2-3 friends, because great things are better when shared.
About Marc Gafni
Marc Gafni is a cutting edge spiritual teacher, author, television personality, mediator, corporate consultant, iconoclast, and gentle provocateur.
He has written seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints, which won the prestigious NAPRA award for Best Spirituality Book of 2001, and was a main selection of the One Spirit Book Club and the Amazon.com Best Book in the Jewish Thought category in 2001. This book was also made into a National PBS special and an audio series by Sounds True recordings. Soul Prints is published by Simon & Schuster.
A rabbinic lineage holder in Bible, Talmud, and Kabbalah, Gafni self-describes as a "dual citizen" of both integral World Spirituality and classical Hebrew practice. He has also been called a master of the heart and a trail-blazing visionary in opening up new possibilities for love, eros and relationship. He is a guest editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice on issues of integral spirituality, has been a faculty member of JFK University, and is the author of eight books including the national bestseller Soul Prints, and The Mystery of Love, an exploration of the relationship between the erotic and the sacred. His latest book, Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment, was named #1 in Spirituality by USABookNews in 2012.
An iconoclastic artist and provocative visionary, Dr. Gafni has led spiritual movements and learning communities as well as created and hosted for several seasons a highly popular national Israeli television program on Israel's leading network. The program focused on culture, meaning, and spirit.
He is the father of four children (the youngest being three years old), in committed relationship, and lives in Northern California.
About Yifat Cohen
Yifat has been featured on Mashable, DataMation, Business Rockstar Radio, The Rise to the Top, Diamonds in Your Backyard, Entrepreneur on Fire, and many more. She pushes Google's technologies to its limits, and creates best practices and strategies for today’s business owners and entrepreneurs. Her clients include The Governor of Texas, Mashable Social Good Summit, Versus, and most recently Intuit to name a few.
As a Google Plus expert, Yifat Cohen is best known for developing engaging online communities for both new business owners and national brands. She is the go-to gal, Founder at G+GoToGal.
She was listed as No.1 Top Google+ Users Working as Google+ Marketing. She has also been voted as the Best Google+ user in 2011 by Google+ community, she’s 286 on the Who’s Who for Google+ and one of the top 1000 Google+ users in the world for 2012.
Yifat is a sought after speaker, strategist, and Google Expert. She enjoys teaching "How to Hangout," "How to optimize Google+," and ultimately, how to create predictable revenue streams with Google+ and social media.
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