Create the Transformation We Need Now

Held on Thu, Nov 9, 2023 in New York City

This Daylong Public Forum Gathered Leaders and Practitioners in Contemplative-Based Social Change.

Please see the whole list of distinguished speakers here.

Convene with Leading Changemakers

We invite you to join fellow contemplative practitioners, researchers, investors, corporate and non-profit leaders, activists, and policy makers in exploring ways we might weave our networks together for greater impact. Our intention is to provide attendees intentional holding spaces and structures to accelerate their crucial work, and support interdisciplinary and cross-sector cooperation and research.
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“We will have to redefine how we see ourselves and our relationship to each other and to the rest of the community of life on Earth. Only by changing our cultural narrative can we transform our vision of the future and heal our relationship with life as a whole.”

— Daniel Christian Wahl

“The Great Turning cannot take root and survive without deeply ingrained values to sustain it. They must mirror what we want and how we relate to Earth and each other. They require, in other words, a profound shift in our perception of reality—and that shift is happening now, both as cognitive revolution and spiritual awakening.”

— Joanna Macy


Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
New York City

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Check In

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Welcome Remarks

9:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

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Philip Glass “Metamorphosis” Performance (on video)

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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Dialogues I

Contemplation & Transformation

Led by David Germano with Cynthia Bourgeault, Gyalwa Dokhampa and Tiokasin Ghosthorse.

10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Dialogues II

A New Human Story for the Future

Led by Doug Abrams with Monica Gagliano, Dan Harris, David Sloan Wilson and Yuria Celidwen

11:50 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

You can choose to join one of the following in depth Immersion Sessions.

Locations to be determined.

Immersion Sessions

The Role of Contemplative Practice

Led by Cynthia Bourgeault and H.E. Gyalwa Dokhampa

Indigenous Worldviews on Transformational Change

Led by Yuria Celidwen and Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Inner Development and Outer Transformation

Led by Jamie Bristow and Dan Siegel

The Journey of Our Universe

Led by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

The Role of the Media in Shifting the Narrative

Co-led by Doug Abrams and Dan Harris

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Live Performance by artist Laurie Anderson

2:05 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Dialogues III

Regenerative Society & Economics for the Common Good

Moderated by Stephen Posner with Samuel Myers, Darrick Hamilton and Amanda Janoo

3:10 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. 

You can choose to join one of the following in depth Immersion Sessions.

Locations to be determined.

Immersion Sessions

Science, Spirituality and Wisdom of the Elders

Led by Monica Gagliano

Reinventing the Common Good

Led by David Bollier

Relational Sensemaking

Led by Angel Acosta

Compassionate Systems Change

Led by Mette Boell

The Planetary Health Alliance

Led by Samuel Myers

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Dialogues IV

Holistic Resilience: Personal, Societal & Systemic

Moderated by Christa Tinari with Dan Siegel, Angel Acosta and Victor Koo

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Dining Hall

Dialogues V

Leadership for a New Paradigm of Business and Finance

Moderated by Sander Tideman with John Fullerton, Jennifer Pryce, Nathan Romano and Howard Fischer

5:25 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Live Performance by artist Laurie Anderson

5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Harvesting Collective Insights

Led by Doug Abrams and Karen Doyle Grossman

6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Catered Reception for All

What will you learn?

Today, the world needs this work more than ever. It is work that none of us can do alone. Our goal for the forum is to catalyze a shift in consciousness, focused on new strategies for deep economic, social, and environmental change. We hope to contribute to a true Metamorphosis, transforming despair into hope, and crisis into a positive future.

  • Make connections with people and organizations doing critical work in inner development and societal and systems change.
  • Share best practices with researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and change leaders.
  • Develop a new, integrative framework for a fresh worldview that will unleash courage and inspiration to think big and act boldly.

Your Host

The Garrison Institute’s mission is to apply the skills and wisdom cultivated through contemplative practice, together with the insights emerging from science, to address today’s urgent social and environmental challenges, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future.

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