The Art & Science of Interior Design: Re-designing the Individual and Collective Mind.
This workshop is rooted in Contemplative Science: the convergence of the Eastern contemplative traditions and modern neuroscience and psychology. We will explore a world where happiness is the norm! Atelier en anglais.
Mo, is the former Chief Business Officer of Google X, and the author of Solve For Happy (translated into 28 languages). Mo’s mission was triggered after losing his son, Ali, due to a surgical error during a routine operation in 2014. In honor of Ali, Mo made it his life’s mission to share his engineering-model of happiness with the world.
His recent project, OneBillionHappy.org, is dedicated to spreading the message of happiness to a scientifically-minded, young, modern and global audience.
Both Mo and Anahita lead workshops around the world, speak at conferences, and bring their insights into organizations at the forefront of innovation, technology and finance.
Anahita's company, Neural Beings, is rooted in Buddhist psychology and modern science, and offers a contemplative perspective to the topic of happiness. Her workshops are based on the Four Noble Truths, explained through the lens of modern science. She has brought the teachings of the Four Noble Truths to Wall Street firms and technology conferences, leveraging Mo’s platform, which he generously shares with her. Anahita also serve as Chief Mindfulness and Ethical Officer at a New York-based technology and investment firm.
Individually, and as a couple, Mo and Anahita dedicate their lives to alleviating suffering and spreading the tools for happiness.
The speed of technological advancement has led to rapid globalization and the transformation of how people interact with the world. While technology has vastly improved digital connectivity and scientific breakthroughs, it has simultaneously created an illusion of the separate self, which in effect has been pushing our species and planet to the brink of collapse.
As Mo Gawdat emphasizes in his mission to make #OneBillionHappy, "1 of 4 people in the world is clinically depressed and teen suicide is at an all time high. Life expectancy is better, but we’ve never been unhappier". With technology such as AI, will the human race face extinction or evolve to peacefully co-exist with each other and the natural world? Is it possible to leverage exponential technology to advance happiness?
During this discussion moderated by Peace Accelerators co-founder Susanna Choe, we’ll be evaluating human evolution through the lens of the engineering, science and spirituality with Mo Gawdat, Anahita Mogdhaddam and Deepak Chopra.
About the Speakers:
Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P. is the co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, the founder of the Chopra Foundation, and a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, and metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and a clinical professor in the Family Medicine and Public Health Department at the University of California, San Diego.
Mo Gawdat is the author of Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy, an international bestseller translated in 28 languages. After working for IBM and Microsoft, he landed a job at Google and helped start the platform in more than 50 emerging markets across the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. He then joined Google [x] as chief business officer and lived at the cutting edge of technology. He left Google [x] in February 2018 to dedicate the rest of his life and resources to his mission #onebillionhappy.
Anahita Moghaddam is the founder of Neural Beings, and a coach and speaker who’s rigorous and experiential methodology is rooted in the Eastern contemplative traditions, and continuously refined under the mentorship of leading scientists and academics in the fields of psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and biology.
The pursuit of happiness is one thing we all share in common. Yet if we all so fundamentally want to be happy, why aren't we? Why does happiness seem so challenging to achieve and maintain throughout our lives?
Take a dive into your mind in this interactive discussion on the science of happiness, explained within the frameworks of Tibetan Buddhist psychology and neuroscience. Beginning with a guided meditation and evolving into a talk and guided discussion, we will take a realistic look at the nature of the mind, and explore practices that help us cultivate mental resources to gradually reverse the wheel of suffering, making compassion, kindness and joy a spontaneous and lasting trait.
Happiness explored through the lens of science and eastern contemplative wisdom
Please join us for a dinner and discussion at our first speaker series spotlighting: The Science of Happiness.
We will host Anahita Moghaddam at Balanced NYC (a co-working space and lounge for the meditative entrepreneur) for a replenishing evening filled with conversation, interactive reflection and nourishing food.
Mindful Willpower is the practice of emotional self-mastery with the goal to positively reshape our response to our internal and external realities.
In this provocative training we uncover the fundamental difference between wanting something and willing it – and nurturing the causes and conditions that make it a powerful and deeply inspired state of being. The mastery allows us to tap into our mind’s unbound creative nature and helps us shift from powerlessness and dependency to self-directed ease and empowerment.
Forward-thinking organizations understand the positive impact self-regulated leaders and key employees have on corporate health and human development. This state of self-directedness is often coined as a “high emotional IQ or EQ”. It is a key attribute that distinguishes successful leaders and communicators. They are more effective leading others, inspire excellence, optimize performance and promote a sense of ease and wellbeing even when under pressure. Conflict decreases and the innate capacity for creative thinking and working increases.
HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE
Taking responsibility for our own happiness requires imagination, courage, resilience and a great deal of discipline.
By developing a sense of curiosity about the human condition and questioning the causes for unhappiness, we begin to gain insight into ways we can reverse the wheel, cultivating the inner resources for deep lasting happiness.