Create the Transformation We Need Now

Thu, Nov 9th 2023 at 8:30 AM EDT

A Daylong Public Forum Gathering 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 | 8:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, New York City

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Check In

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.


Framing the Day

9:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


Philip Glass performing his composition “Metamorphosis” (on video)

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Dialogues I

Contemplation and Transformation

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

Dialogues II

A New Human Story for the Future

Led by Doug Abrams with Monica Gagliano, David Sloan Wilson, Yuria Celidwen and Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Th.D.

11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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

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

The Inner Development Goals

Led by Jamie Bristow and Dan Siegel

The Journey of Our Universe

Led by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

The Responsibility of the Media

Led by Doug Abrams

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.


Live Performance by artist Laurie Anderson

2:05 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Dialogues III

Regenerative Society & Economics for the Common Good

Moderated by Stephen Posner with Samuel Myers, Amanda Janoo and Tamara Toles O’Laughlin

3:05 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

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

Immersion Sessions

Science, Spirituality & the 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.


Dialogues IV

Holistic Resilience: Personal, Societal & Systemic

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

Dialogues V

Compassionate Leadership in Business, Finance & Society

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

5:25 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.


Live Performance by artist Laurie Anderson

5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.


Harvesting Collective Insights

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.


1230 York Avenue | New York City

The world’s leading biomedical research university, Rockefeller draws top scientists and graduate students from around the world in pursuit of one mission: to conduct science for the benefit of humanity.