In our polarised age, debate is commonplace. Speakers are invited to weaponize their ideas, to oppose, to challenge, to try and ‘win’.
Sometimes this approach to conflict is necessary. But when we must consider the most challenging crisis we face spiritually, socially, culturally, and ecologically, it is not clear that debate is the most fruitful model. We believe that instead, we must cultivate the courage to approach difficult conversations differently. How can we discover new ways of exploring challenging topics and conversations with those we radically disagree with? How can we create a space in which we listen for the purpose of learning? How can we engage in truly transformative and courageous conversations?
Through each of our Tent Talks, we invite speakers to show up with an open heart and an open mind into a space where they can listen, learn, and delve deeper into controversial, complex and thought-provoking topics. Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs and gain new insights from the perspectives of others, providing an opportunity for personal growth and a deeper understanding of the complexities of each person’s perspective.
The events will be held in our Bedouin Tent, which was designed using the principles of sacred geometry. Its design carries a hint of the architecture of AlAndalus – southern Spain during the mediaeval period when Jews, Christians and Muslims lived alongside each other, sharing the space and enriching each other’s cultures.
This is a new and growing strand of work. If you’re interested to get involved or to hear more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Not everything can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” (James Baldwin, civil rights activist)
A programme for young adults to help develop a strong inner life as a source of resilience for what is to come. The foundations of the programme are rooted in two critical needs of our time - to bridge divides and to love the Earth.
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