Lord Rowan Williams hosted his Holiness the Dalai Lama for a two-day Open Dialogue, bringing together scientists, writers, businesspeople, philosophers, young people and others. The dialogue, the foundation’s inaugural event, addressed the question: what does universal responsibility mean to us today. Of the 150 attending the symposium, nearly half were university students who joined leaders from business, civil society, government, academia, the world of art and education. The forum explored issues of contemporary concern in an atmosphere of friendship and openness.
The meeting last September in Cambridge certainly inspired me and I elaborated on the thoughts and reflections the Dalai Lama and Lord Williams had in my annual official lecture, the so-called Dies Natalis lecture, as academic head of the university here early January of this year. As a result of the ideas picked up at the Inspire dialogue meeting I have been pursuing in the same vain, the way in which each department, research laboratory, could involve an “artist in residence” adding creativity to the research being carried out in each of this places.
I have been building the ideas of the dialogue into my daily work by prioritizing optimism (embrace the future but preserve our values) and early years education, both in the context of innovation policy and the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution).
The dialogue inspired me to do more to help women engage in sustainability in its widest sense. I have worked with WISER in the Middle East and was asked to join them at COP21, have joined POWERful Women set up by DECC at their invitation here in the UK and am setting up WIREd - Women in Renewable Energy which will aim to coordinate women across all countries.
It was a fantastic experience that I will most definitely never forget. I met some really interesting people who have great ideas and have achieved admiring things. People that I would not have normally had the opportunity to engage in conversation with, so again thank you so much for the opportunity.
It was a very beautiful, very moving, and deeply stimulating event. You are to be hugely congratulated on an extraordinary initiative, with a true potential to create change and go on enriching the quality of dialogue in the world.
Dialogue with the Dalai Lama: Report (Read or Download PDF)
Dialogue with the Dalai Lama: Program (Read or Downloadable PDF)
Attendees met in groups for dialogue initiating from the following topics: