THE DALAI LAMA @ MIT 2014
The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT is honored to welcome back His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Our conversations this year will focus on “Change-Makers for a Better World,” featuring 2 panels:
I. Global Systems 3.0: Equitable Solutions for a Changing World
The planet is heating up, sea levels are rising and rainfall is getting more erratic. Our health and food supplies are both at risk, particularly amongst the most world’s most vulnerable. We need to act quickly and decisively in response, but the challenges we now face are both critical and complex. Changes in individual behavior coupled with significant improvements in scientific knowledge and technological capability will be critical – but the most important step towards change is improving our ability to act collectively.
This forum will explore the ways in which individual action can translate into collective commitment drawing on examples from government, business and civil society.
Panelists: Deborah Ancona, John Sterman, Rebecca Henderson, Marshall ganz
II. SPARK: Youth in Conversation with The Dalai Lama
Panelists: Noa Machover, Vivienne Harr, Jacarrea Garraway
The Center for Ethics is committed to a systems approach to solutions. We live in a complex and interdependent world where we can no longer look at isolated issues for long-term, equitable solutions to regional and global problems. Through this meeting, the Center hopes to encourage multidisciplinary systems thinking and new methods for resolving the most immediate challenges that we face as a society, as a nation, and as an ecosystem.
-Tenzin Priyadarshi, Founding Director, The Center at MIT
SPARK is a unique program that empowers our youth to become change makers for a better world. This interactive event brings together teachers and students in transformative discussions about creating positive personal and social change. Conversations with several prominent public figures will be featured, including a conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Event Venue: Rockwell Cage, MIT
October 31, 2014
|Doors open. Check-in.
|Mingle and Brown-Bag Lunch*
|Spark Laughter with George Lopez
Spark Kindness with Chade Meng-Tan, Google’s “Jolly Good Fellow”
Spark Happiness: Surprise Guest
|Conversations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama**
Global Systems 3.0: Equitable Solutions for a Changing World
Youth in Conversation with the Dalai Lama
*Attendees are requested to bring their own lunch to the event.
**Through live video-link to/from Kresge Auditorium to Rockwell Cage, MIT
Thank you for your interest in participating in “ SPARK: Change-Makers for a Better World” event. Registration is currently FULL.
If you would like your school/students to be put on a wait list, please send an email to “email@example.com” with following information:
Subject: Request for Spark Wait List
Name of the Teacher; School Name; Grade(s); No. of Students you would like to bring.
We will contact you as space becomes available.
SPARK is part of The Center’s Young Peace Leaders and Compassionate Young Leaders Program.
All tickets are SOLD OUT.
On Octobers 31:
SPARK Event for Young Adults begins at 11:30AM (Registration begins at 11AM).
Change-Makers for a Better World with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Kresge Auditorium begins at 1PM (Doors open at 12 noon).
Both events will end at 3:30PM. You will need valid tickets/ credentials to access the events.
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Deborah Ancona is the Seley Distinguished Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Faculty Director of the MIT Leadership Center.Deborah’s pioneering research into how successful teams operate has highlighted the critical importance of managing outside the team’s boundary as well as inside it. This research has led directly to the concept of X-Teams as a vehicle for driving innovation within large organizations. Her book, X-teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed was published by Harvard Business School Press in June, 2007.Deborah’s work has also focused on the concept of distributed leadership, and the development of research-based tools, practices, and teaching/coaching models that enable organizations to foster creative leadership at every level. This work was highlighted in a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, In Praise of the Incomplete Leader, February, 2007.In addition to X-Teams, Deborah’s studies of team performance have also been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and the Sloan Management Review. Her previous book, Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes (South-Western College Publishing, 1999, 2005) centers on the skills and processes needed in today’s diverse and changing organization.Deborah received her BA and MS in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in management from Columbia University. She has served as a consultant on leadership and innovation to premier companies such as AT&T, BP,Credit Suisse First Boston, HP, Merrill Lynch, Newscorp, and Vale.
Jay W. Forrester Professor in Computer ScienceProfessor of System Dynamics and Engineering Systems
Director, MIT System Dynamics GroupJohn D. Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor in Computer Science, a Professor of System Dynamics and Engineering Systems,and the Director of the System Dynamics Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management.His research includes systems thinking and organizational learning, computer simulation of corporate strategy and public policy issues, and environmental sustainability. He is the author of many scholarly and popular articles on the challenges and opportunities facing organizations today, including the book, Modeling for Organizational Learning, and the award-winning textbook, Business Dynamics. Sterman’s research centers on improving decision-making in complex systems, including corporate strategy and operations, energy policy, public health, environmental sustainability, and climate change. He has pioneered the development of “management flight simulators” of corporate and economic systems, which are now used by corporations, universities, and governments around the world. His research ranges from the dynamics of organizational change and the implementation of sustainable improvement programs to climate change and the implementation of policies to promote a sustainable world.Sterman has twice been awarded the Jay W. Forrester Prize for the best published work in system dynamics, has won an IBM Faculty Award as well as the Accenture Award for the best paper of the year published in theCalifornia Management Review, has seven times won awards for teaching excellence, and was named one of MIT Sloan’s “Outstanding Faculty” by the BusinessWeek Guide to the Best Business Schools. He has been featured on Public Television’s News Hour, National Public Radio’s Marketplace, CBC television, Fortune, theFinancial Times, BusinessWeek, and other media for his research and innovative use of interactive simulations in management education and policymaking.Sterman holds an AB in engineering and environmental systems from Dartmouth College and a PhD in system dynamics from MIT.
The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is the Founding Director of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his undergraduate degree (summa cum laude) and was also an Integral Honors Scholar (studying Philosophy and Physics), and has a graduate degree in Comparative Philosophy of Religion from Harvard University. He studied, trained and was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.He has been interviewed by the National Public Radio and articles on him and his work have appeared in the New York Times and the Boston Globe. He also speaks at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and various institutes of learning.Venerable Tenzin also serves on the Board of several academic, humanitarian, and religious organizations. He lectures internationally on subjects ranging from philosophy, science, ethics and religion to socio-political thought.
When Vivienne Harr was eight years old, she saw a photo of two boys, her age, from Nepal living in modern-day slavery.She said: “Compassion is not compassion without action.”Vivienne “made a stand” with “the only business experience I had.” She set up her lemonade stand every day rain or shine, to “end child slavery.” On day #52, The New York Times broke her story and a moment became a movement. On day #173 in Times Square, Vivienne reached her goal of $100,000.
She went on to become the first child in American history to bottle her lemonade-stand lemonade. Make a Stand Lemon-aid is a B Corporation with five-percent of net revenues going to leading organizations that eradicate child slavery.
Vivienne is the youngest person to be included in Town & Country’s “50 Most Influential Philanthropists in America.” She is also the youngest person to give a featured TEDx talk. Vivienne is an honorary member of The World Affairs Council where she introduced Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo. She has spoken at Twitter, Google, Square, Linkedin, SOCAP—and The United Nations where she was “a voice for the 18 million children without one.”
George Lopez’s multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. For two seasons, Lopez hosted Lopez Tonight, a late-night television talk show on TBS, which represented Lopez’s return to series television after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in Warner Bros. Television’s groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. George Lopez remains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable’s Nick at Nite, ranking as one of the top-rated shows on the network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly programs in syndication. George Lopez is one of only four off-net comedies to post weekly ratings gains among households from the 2007-’08 to 2008-’09 season.Lopez most recently starred in the multi-camera ensemble comedy Saint George. Co-created by Lopez, Saint George aired on FX. In 2013, released his second memoir, I’m Not Gonna Lie And Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50, where he tells the unabashed and hilarious truth about aging – as only he can. In 2012, Lopez debuted his third solo stand-up special It’s Not Me, It’s You on HBO. Lopez also voiced animated characters in a string of animated blockbuster films including Rafael in Rio and Rio 2 along with Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, Thurman in Escape from Planet Earth opposite Jane Lynch and Sofia Vergara, Grouchy Smurf in The Smurfs 1 and 2, and The Beverly Hills Chihuahua 1, 2, and 3. His other most recent film credits include the box-office hit Valentine’s Day directed by Garry Marshall, Swing Vote, Henry Poole Is Here and Balls of Fury.In August 2009, Lopez filmed his second HBO Comedy Special, Tall, Dark and Chicano, which was nominated for a GRAMMY in the category of Best Comedy Album. He headlined his first HBO Comedy Special, America’s Mexican, in 2007. Lopez has also performed as part of HBO and TBS’s Comic Relief 2006. His acclaimed comedy concert, Why You Crying?, debuted on Showtime in 2004. He released his third standup CD, El Mas Chingon, in 2006, which also earned Lopez a GRAMMY nomination in the category of Best Comedy Album. Prior to that, in 2004, he was nominated for a GRAMMY in the same category for his CD Team Leader. In May 2004, his autobiography, Why You Crying?, entered The New York TimesBestsellers List top 20. The book was co-written by Emmy winning writer and sportscaster Armen Keteyian. Lopez also was the focus of the award-winning documentary Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream.
In 2006, Lopez received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, Time magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and the Harris Poll named him one of the Top Ten Favorite Television Personalities.
Born of Thai-Chinese ethnicity, Adrian Anantawan began the violin at nine, and has since established himself as “a rising star in classical music” (Globe and Mail).In 2001, he was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music with a merit-based full scholarship, and completed his bachelor degree under the tutelage of Ida Kavafian. In past summers, he has also studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman.Adrian also holds graduate degrees from Yale and Harvard Universities, and is a winner of the Rosemary Kennedy International Competition. He currently serves as the conductor of the Dudamel Orchestra at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, MA.
When: Friday, Oct 31, 2014 – Sunday, Mar 22, 2015
Where: Le Laboratoire Cambridge,650 East Kendall Street Cambridge, MA, Massachusetts 02138
Vocal Vibrations explores the relationships between human physiology and the resonant vibrations of the voice. The voice is an instrument everyone
possesses. It is incredibly individual, infinitely expressive, and intimately linked to the physical form. In collaboration with Le Laboratoire
in Paris and The Dalai Lama Center at MIT, composer/inventor Tod Machover and his team at the MIT Media Lab are examining the hypothesis that the
singing voice can influence mental and physical health through physicochemical phenomena and in ways consistent with contemplative
practices. We are developing a series of multimedia experiences, from solo “meditations” to group “singing circles,” that explore possible emotional,
cognitive, and physical transformations, all in an enveloping context of immersive music.
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