Conference on Human Unity in Chicago on June 27 to Feature Documentary on Auroville, India, and Consultant / Author Betty Sue Flowers

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One-day conference in Chicago, "Awareness into Action: Living and Working as One" will bring together people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to explore possibilities for human unity in all aspects of life. Featured will be the premiere of "City of the Dawn," a film about Auroville, India, a community of 2,000 from 40 nations founded on principles of shared leadership , sustainable development and new consciousness. Keynote speaker is Betty Sue Flowers, consultant to NASA, future scenario developer, and co-author of Presence, a book about seeing more holistically, reflecting more profoundly and acting in unity for greater impact.

Awareness into Action: The Power of Living and Working as One.

A film about the international community of Auroville, India, and a keynote speech by Betty Sue Flowers, a consultant who has helped global enterprises envision the future, will highlight the June 27 conference in Chicago, IL: "Awareness into Action: The Power of Living and Working as One." The 500 person, day-long conference produced by New Momentum for Human Unity will explore the concepts of human unity, collaboration, leadership and the keys to sustainable, positive change. The conference will run from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with registration at 8:00 a.m. at The Jean Marie Ryan Center on the Misericordia Heart of Mercy campus at 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee of $125 through June 19 and $150 after June 19.

The goal of the conference is to both inspire and motivate attendees by offering practical tools to help us create a better world through awareness of our unity--starting with our own lives, families, groups and communities. Two moderated panels, including residents of the Auroville (City of the Dawn) and leaders from business and community groups will explore unity from many perspectives.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Betty Sue Flowers. Host of the radio series "The Next 200 Years," consultant to NASA and editor of global scenarios on sustainable development and the future of biotechnology for the World Business Council, Betty Sue Flowers helps people envision future possibilities while addressing real world constraints. She is co-author of Presence, an exploration of ways to see, reflect, and act for effective change, written with Peter Senge and others from MIT. She collaborated with Bill Moyers on four books including Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. Formerly director of the Johnson Presidential Library, she has embarked on a consulting career in New York.

The conference will also feature the film premiere of City of the Dawn, a remarkable documentary about a modern, universal city with 2,000 people from 40 nations who are working to develop innovative and inclusive solutions in every aspect of human social life: caring relationships, participative government, arts and education, architecture and building materials, complementary medicine, reforestation and sustainable industries. The city of Auroville in Southern India provides a demonstration of what is possible when people attempt to live together in a community beyond the boundaries of nation, religion and race that often separate us. Their experience raises questions about what can be accomplished on a broader scale when awareness of oneness drives our actions.

The conference will include two moderated panel discussions. The first panel moderated by Kathleen Flanagan, Executive Coach, Leadership Communications, Inc., will focus on discovering the practical significance of unity and how systems and organizations can be created to benefit the whole. Panelists include local innovators Tom Fahy, Vice President, Forsythe Technology, Inc.; Jennifer Kim, Education Coordinator, The Peace School; Dan Pearson, Co-Coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Carla Zuniga, Asst. Vice President, Allstate Insurance Company and Chip Duncan, President, The Duncan Group.

The second panel moderated by Francis Rothluebber, President, New Momentum for Human Unity, will highlight the power of unity in action as experienced in the city of Auroville. This panel will include current and former residents from Auroville who will share the challenges and accomplishments of living in conscious awareness of oneness as a community. Panelists include Jean-Yves Lung, Economist; Bhavana Dee DeCew, Community Organizer; Deepti Tewari, Educator; Julian Lines, Chair, Auroville International, and Bryan Walton, President, Auroville International USA and his wife Fanou.

"City of the Dawn" started with the desire of Rothluebber to create a documentary about Auroville to demonstrate the power of conscious unity. Francis was formerly the director of Columbiere Retreat Center in Idyllwild CA; president of the School Sisters of St. Francis, an international Franciscan community of more than 1,050 sisters and associates headquartered in Milwaukee, WI; and teacher and principal of Alvernia High School in Chicago. She was inspired to learn more about Auroville after reading the works of Sri Aurobindo on evolutionary spirituality and visiting the ashram of Mother Mirra Alfassa, who founded Auroville.

Rothluebber organized New Momentum for Human Unity, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in 2006. Its mission is to create a better life on and for this planet through the evolution of human consciousness and the transformation of human relationships, by encouraging mindfulness of our interconnection and by the power of selfless love. Through programs and projects that offer tools and resources, New Momentum intends to help people create the inner shifts - the changes in perspective and motive - that lead to changes in the world that will become evident in renewed and improved relationships with each other and the environment. Proceeds from the conference will help further the mission of New Momentum for Human Unity.

The conference is supported through generous sponsorship by Misericordia Heart of Mercy, Leadership Communication Inc., Unity in Chicago, and Womanspace.

To register for the conference or or more information about New Momentum for Human Unity, and their projects, please visit New Momentum for Human Unity.

Note to media: Hi-res images of the conference logo, film logo and keynote speaker photo are available upon request. Media interviews with keynote speaker Betty Sue Flowers; filmmakers Michael Joyce, Chris Buhrman and Chip Duncan; New Momentum Board President Francis Rothluebber and conference panelists from Auroville are welcome. Please contact Dexanne Card at 773.259.2565 or email her at dexannecard at

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