At the other end of the spectrum is the notion of caring for, an enabling force in the service of individual and social transformation. Care evokes concepts such as altruism, compassion, interdependence and responsibility and is customarily seen as incompatible with the notion of power.

How might we understand the relations between these essential forces that shape human development on both the individual and collective levels? A deeper understanding of their function and dynamics will show how they can be conscientiously and fruitfully allied, and engender projects and actions that promote the flourishing of living beings and of our environment.

The program includes perspectives from the natural sciences, anthropology, psychology, politics, economics and the world’s contemplative traditions. A selection of experiential workshops will enable participants to work on the dynamics of power and care within themselves. An artistic performance will be offered on the first evening.