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Cortona Pearls 2021

Register HERE

To keep the flame alive in this critical time, the Cortona Pearls 2021 online project brings the inspiring gift of a monthly event to your home: Illustrious speakers and guests from across the world share their insights about emerging themes from ecology to biodiversity, from political economy to democracy, from science to spirituality, from artificial intelligence to space science.

Each one-hour Pearl will consist of a 20-minute lecture followed by round table discussions. The program will be enriched by excerpts from our classic Cortona workshops and musical events.

Start date: February 27th, 5 pm Central European Time

Pearl 1 (Feb 27) : Political economist Francesco Grillo with initial greetings by Brother David Steindl-Rast; on The innovation paradox. A theory to make sense of the POST Pandemic World.
Introduction by Pier Luigi Luisi , Prof. Emeritus, ETH Zurich.

Pearl 2 (Mar 27): Ernesto Burgio, of the ECERI (European Cancer and Environment Research Institute, Brusells and Gruppo COVID SIPPS (Società Italiana di Pediatria Preventiva e Sociale); on The Corona virus now.
Introduction by Maria Stella de Sabata, Board Member of the International Diabetes Federation European Region.

Pearl 3 (Apr 24): Susan Eirich, EarthFire Institute, Idaho, USA; on Reawakening our bond with our Wild Earth.
Introduction by Federica Fratini, Researcher at the Italian National Health Institute.

Pearl 4 (May 29): Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe; on Spirituality and Political Activism.
Introduction by Adelina Soldi.

Pearl 5 (Jun 26): Fritjof Capra, Author, Berkeley Cal., USA, on The Systems View in our world’s difficult time.
Introduction by Dr. Matteo Allegretti, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics.

Confirmed speakers for the Cortona Pearls beyond June are:

Stuart Kauffman (theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher, Seattle, USA)
Francesco Lapenta (Founding Director of the John Cabot University Institute of Future and Innovation Studies)
Maneka Gandhi (member of Indian parlament, animal rights activist), New Delhi
Stefania Giannini (Italian politician, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education)
Federico Faggin (Engineer, President at the Federico and Elvia Faggin Foundation)
Cliff Saron (Prof. at the Center for Mind and Brain and MIND Institute at the Davis University of California)
Jorg Rasche (Psycotherapist and organist), Berlin, Germany
Shantena Sabbatini (philosopher, Pari Center, Italy and lecturer at the Schumacher College, Devon)
Nora Bateson (Bateson Institute)
Marinella de Simone (President and Scientific Director at Complexity Institute, Italy and Project Coordinator at “Francisco Varela Project”)
Kamran Mofid (Founder of the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, United Kingdom),
Umberta Telfener, clinician psychologist, university La Sapienza, Roma, Italy,
Renuka Singh (Professor of Sociology, New Delhi, India)
Christer Sodenberg (Circle Carbon Labs, Sweden and Spain)
Tomas Björkman (Professor Uppsala University, Sweden)
Alex Stenflo, President Int.Soc. System Sciences, Argentina
Marko Pogacnik (UNESCO artist for peace, Slovenia)
Franco Giovannelli (Emeritus Senior Scientist at INAF. Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Rome)
Gioia Lussana (Lawyer and professor, teacher and trainer in yoga and meditation)
Mauro Bergonzi (Professor at University of Naples, Italy)

Please register here.

You will then receive the link for the zoom session. At that time, we will ask for a donation in the amount you deem appropriate and supportive to this project. (note: if you are a 2021 paid-up member of the Cortona Friends Association you will be able to access the Pearls for free)

We look forward to this exciting journey with old and new friends from all over the world!