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Exciting, world-class researchers, thinkers, and artists recently convened in Todi, Italy. The focus was to work along with emerging young world leaders to explore how we move forward as a human race at this critical time. Dr. Susan Eirich shared powerful and important insights from the week and participants discussed how we can all help create environments that foster the type of world leaders we need to navigate our current crises. For those who may want to explore the rich work of conference participants discussed in this conversation, we recommend further reading on the works of Brother David Steindl-Rast, Federico Faggin, Marko Pogacnik, Alexander Laszlo, and Patricia Jennings....

Young woman drinking coffee on a terrace overlooking an Italian city

We are in great need of enlightened leaders to guide us, inspire us, and pull us together during this difficult time---to keep our eyes on what is important rather than waste critical energy on fighting among ourselves as the Earth warms and human and animal needs go unmet. Where do we get these leaders? How do we train them? Last year, Dr. Pier Luigi Luisi, a brilliant scientist, founded an annual week-long retreat conference called Cortona Week to try to address these questions. Each year, 120 renowned, cutting-edge scientists, thinkers, artists, musicians, spiritual leaders, physicians, and visionaries gather with young emerging world leaders. Invited speakers are people deeply rooted...

Medieval town on a hillside at sunset

This week (June 22-29, 2019), Susan will be attending and presenting at Cortona Week in Todi, Italy. This is a very exciting opportunity for Susan and Earthfire to collaborate with critical scientists, artists, musicians, spiritual leaders, poets, professionals in medicine and psychology, and politicians from all over the world, as well as to mentor graduate students and young managers from all disciplines, as the groups are “mixed.” The Cortona Week organizers describe the aim of this conference as an effort to open up the horizon of the participants to the values of ecology, ethics, tolerance, and internal introspection, as well as the new frontiers of science, literature, art, and...

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