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A program to foster a new class of world leaders

The week in Todi (22-29 June 2019) is the sequel of the Cortona Week, an interdisciplinary residence where graduate students and young managers from all over the world and from all disciplines are “mixed” (in addition to several critical scientists) , with artists, musicians, spiritual leaders, poets, professionals in medicine and psychology, politicians.

We work together in round table discussions, lectures and experiential workshops, where the participants can, for instance, paint, do sculpture or music, meditation, theatre choosing by themselves which aspects of life are more important for their own equilibrium.

The aim, with the help of world-reknown professionals and visionaries, is to open up the horizon of the participants to the values of ecology, ethics, tolerance, internal introspection as well as the actual new frontiers of science, literature, art, economics — the full display of human experience — where life becomes a system view of interacting parts, and not an addition of single isolated domains.

We devote ourselves to this task with the cognition that such an holistic, systemic thinking is generally not provided by our common academic institutions — which form optimised specialists in only one discipline –, and noticing, as a consequence, that the problems of our world cannot be solved or even tackled by only one discipline at a time.

The final, ideal aim of Cortona Week is to forge and catalyze a new class of world leaders — thing of the utmost necessity for our world today; and to reinforce ethics and human dignity in an environment which presently entails the danger of becoming foreign or even hostile to us.

The Cortona Week is a residential retreat, partial participation is not allowed, including for speakers and staff members. It is limited to about 100 participants. All lectures are in English, without simultaneous translation.

The Cortona Week 2019 will take place from June 22nd, Saturday — beginning in the morning — till June 29th Saturday, ending with the lunch. Participants can arrive Friday the 21nd in the afternoon, room and dinner are paid for. The total fee of 1500 euro includes full board (usually in double room unless special request-but only few single rooms are available) and the registration fee. Young (max. 32 years) students and participants have a reduced total fee of 1000 euros.

SCIENTIFIC DIRECTION: Pier Luigi Luisi, Prof. Emeritus ETH Zurich

ADVISORY BOARD: Fritjof Capra, Physicist and Author, Berkeley, USA; Michel Bitbol, Philosopher, Paris, France; brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine Monk, Ithaca, USA; Renuka Singh, Professor of Sociology, New Delhi, India; David Lorimer, Pres. Medical network, Aberdeen, UK; Wittfrida Mitterer, bio-architecture, Professor at LUMSA and Innsbruck university, Jorg Rasche, psychotherapist, Berlin, Germany, Kamran Mofid, Founder of the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative.