symposium 14 may 2022

Reloading Day 1

Reloading Day 2

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Stage-setting perspective and provocation

HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS (as differentiated from cosmic consciousness*) can be generally understood as a form of awakened awareness raised to reflective knowing. As such, self-awareness is a more diffuse or less acute form of self-consciousness.

* In new paradigm science, notions of the quantum vacuum, zero-point energy field, plenum, Akashic field, ether, and Implicate Order are all expressions of a deeper dimension of consciousness that transcends, includes, and informs human consciousness.

To what extent does science consider CONSCIOUSNESS as more of an “aspect” or “component” of the universe, and therefore more part of the structure of reality?
– and –
To what extent does spirituality consider SENTIENCE as more of a “quintessence” or “qualia” of being, and therefore more an embodiment of connection and presence?

symposium 14 may 2022

As such, these aspects pertain to distinct domains or dimensions of experience

  1. Cognitive: reflective awareness – consciousness – knowing
  2. Intuitive: non-conceptual prehension – sentience – being

Consciousness. To be aware of existence and separation from and/or ‬connection to/with all others.

Self awareness. To be cognizant of how we and why we think and react the way we do
with a realization that ego distortion is involved to some degree. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Sentience. To be able to sense or perceive what is or seems to be‬.
~ following Chad C. Snyder

The Challenge:
How do the similarities and differences of these terms inform our capacity to human well?

Daily Schedule


Saturday, May 14

Sentience and Consciousness in Wisdom Traditions (Daoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Baháʼí Faith, Islam, and Perennial Wisdom Traditions of Indigenous Peoples) as described here.

Start: 16:00 – 16:15 (CET)
Welcome by Ervin Laszlo PhD President, Györgyi Szabo PhD Executive Director, and Alexander Laszlo PhD Director of Research.

16:15 – 17:45

17:45 – 18:05 | Q&A with Speakers

18:05 – 18:20 | Sound Sentience through the Voice of Your Soul with Chloë Goodchild

18:20 – 19:50

19:50 – 20:10 | Q&A with Speakers

20:10 – 20:25 | Breakout Rooms

20:25 – 20:30 | Wrap-up and prep for Day 2

Ervin Laszlo
Opening of the Sentience & Consciousness symposium

Alexander Laszlo & Györgyi Szabó
Introduction to Sentience & Consciousness
in Wisdom Traditions

Frederick Tsao

Hema Vyas

Rabbi David Geffen

Safi Kaskas

Father Lawrence Freeman

Chloe Goodchild
Vocal exercise

Reflections and Q&A with Fred Tsao, Hema Wyas, Alexander Laszlo, Györgyi Szabó

Zoltan Cser

Elena Mustakova
Baháʼí Faith

Marti Spiegelman

Reflections and Q&A with M. Spiegelman, E. Mustakova, Z. Cser + Closing of Day 1

Sunday, May 15

The Evolution of Sentience and Consciousness, and the Future of Humanity
as described here

Start 16.00-16.10 CET
Welcome and orientation Györgyi Szabo and Alexander Laszlo

16:10 – 18:00

18:00-  18:20 | Q&A with Speakers

18:20 – 18:35 | The Beauty Sound of Sentience with Derek Washington

All Symposium Speaker Roundtable

18:35 – 19:40
Toward a New Paradigm in Sentience & Consciousness dialogue among all speakers from Day 1 and Day 2 moderated by Alexander Laszlo and Györgyi Szabo.

19:40 – 20:00 | Breakout Rooms

20:00 – 20:15 | Audience comments and reflections, movement, silence, and Interbeing.

20:15 – 20:30 | Summary and conclusion of symposium with Ervin Laszlo, Györgyi Szabo and Alexander Laszlo and live flute music ending.

Alexander Laszlo
Introduction to Day 2 of the Symposium

David Lorimer
Evolution of Consciousness & the Future of Humanity

Anne Baring
Visionary Experience

Pavel Luksha
Evolution of Consciousness & Conscious Evolution; Learning to Human Well

Jude Currivan
Our Moment of Choice; Cosmology of a Conscious and Evolutionary Universe

Thomas Hübl
Collective Trauma

Q&A Session
with David Lorimer, Pavel Luksha, Thomas Hübl, Jude Currivan, Anne Baring

Derek Washington
‘You Are Beautiful’ Live Performance

Panel Discussion
with all the speakers of the symposium

Ervin Laszlo
Closing & Reflections on the symposium

Closing ceremony of the symposium

The event is free of charge, however we have ongonig running costs and expenses, so please consider making a donation in our shared interest.

Speakers of the Symposium

(in order of appearance)
Ervin Laszlo
Founder and President
Ervin Laszlo, Docteur d’Etat (Sorbonne) is Director of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research (Italy), Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, Senator of the International Medici Academy, and Editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research.
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He is the recipient of the Goi Peace Prize (2001), the International Mandir of Peace Prize (2005), the Conacreis Holistic Culture Prize (2009), the Ethics Prize of Milan (2014), and the Luxembourg World Peace Prize (2017). Laszlo is Honorary citizen of the City of Buenos Aires and Honorary Professor of the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology and holds Honorary Ph.D’s from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Hungary.

He is the author or co-author of hundred and one books translated into twenty-four languages. Laszlo was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and 2005.

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Gyorgyi Szabo
Gyorgyi Szabo holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (Summa Cum Laude) awarded by the Sorbonne, University of Paris; Master’s degree in Philosophy from Trinity St David, University of Wales, and Bachelor’s degree (with Honors) from Birkbeck College, University of London as well as a Reconnective Healing and Reiki practitioner diplomas. She studied and worked in United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and France, and currently lives in Hungary. Her holistic approach to metaphysics and interest in conscious evolution serves as foundation for her work in facilitating cooperative development toward a sustainable and inherently peaceful world.

Gyorgyi currently serves as the Executive Director at the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research and as the Dean of Graduate Studies at Ubiquity University.

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Alexander Laszlo
Director of Research, the Laszlo Institute
President, the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science
Alexander Laszlo is President of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS), Director of Research at the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research (LINPR), Co-Founder and Global Collaborator at Global Education Futures (GEF), Scientific Director at EARTHwise Centre, and Chief Edunaut of the Evolutionary Learning Ecosystems program in Argentina where he currently resides.
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He served as the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), was Director of the Doctoral Program in Management at the Graduate School of Business Administration & Leadership (EGADE-ITESM), Mexico, and Founding Director of the Doctoral Program in Leadership and Systemic Innovation at ITBA, Argentina. He is also President of the Honorary Board of Advisors of the World Complexity Science Academy (WCSA), and has been named a Level I Member of the National Research Academy of Mexico (SNI).

He is on the Editorial Boards of eleven internationally arbitered research journals, recipient of the Gertrude Albert Heller Award, the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award, and the Förderpreis Akademischer Klub award, author of over 100 journal, book and encyclopedia publications, and a 6th Degree Black Belt in traditional Taekwon-do. Born in Fribourg, Switzerland, he is holder of a PhD in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Policy from the University of Pennsylvania from where he also received his MA in History and Sociology of Science. His BA is from Haverford College, with a major in International and Comparative Political Science and a minor in Human Physiology.

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Frederick Tsao
Founder/CEO, OCTAVE Institute
Chairman, IMC Pan Asia Alliance Group
Permanent Honorary President, FBN Pacific Asia Chapter

Ancient Chinese Cosmology

Born in the east and educated in the west, Frederick Chavalit Tsao is fourth-generation leader of IMC Pan Asia Alliance Group. He became chairman in 1995 and transformed the family business from a traditional shipping company to a diverse, multinational conglomerate.
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With more than 40 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, Fred has worked successfully with business partners and governments in multiple markets across diverse cultures. Not afraid to push boundaries, as Chairman of Intercargo, Fred repositioned the dry bulk industry from a shipper to one that plays a role within the global supply chain.

He later founded Family Business Network Asia and served on the board of Family Business Network International, where he inspired the exploration of family businesses’ role within the global system. Fred founded East West Cultural Development Centre in Singapore in 1995 to research on sustainability and modernity. His exploration into Eastern Wisdom led him to focus on Chinese esoteric traditions and Western quantum science. Both are paradigms of conscientiousness and evolution.

Fred has since published over 30 books in Chinese, concluding that we are amidst a major consciousness shift and at the dawn of a new era of wellbeing. He advocates that business should transform and reform our era. For this, he founded OCTAVE Institute, a comprehensive integrated life journey approach towards wellbeing.

In 2019, Fred co-authored “Quantum Leadership, New Consciousness in Business” with Chris Laszlo, published by Stanford University Press. Fred also contributed a piece titled “Reconnecting to the Source in the Mirror of Chinese Culture” to the book by Ervin Laszlo titled “Reconnecting to the Source” published by St. Martin’s Press in 2020.

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Hema Vyas
As The Omnipreneurial Psychologist ™ speaker, mentor and human capital strategist, Hema Vyas guides people to commercial success, inclusive and evolutionary leadership, wellbeing and positive impact for independents, startups and corporates. Hema also works with diverse global audiences to bring about an alignment in heart, mind and body intelligence for optimal creativity, critical-thinking and cohesion.
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Safi Kaskas
Safi Kaskas is an administrator in the managerial sciences with over 40 years of broad-based experience in strategic planning, leadership and business ethics with an emphasis on strategic management in the corporate and academic worlds.

He is a co-founder of East West University, Chicago, IL; and was elected as President of its Board of Directors from 1979 – 2005. He continues to serve on its board as an ex officio. He is the Founder and President of Strategic Edge Management Consultants, Dr. Kaskas helped many mid-level and large corporations successfully develop their business portfolios. His consultant firm focused on strategic development within the health care industry and founded the American Strategic Healthcare Management Company (ASHM) which is active in the healthcare field in Jeddah, Saudi Arabic.

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In addition to his focus on strategic management science, Dr. Kaskas has studied Abrahamic religions and lectured throughout the US and the Middle East on subjects related to Islam, interfaith and reconciliation between Evangelicals and American Muslims. He is Senior Researcher in Islam and Multifaith Reconciliation with George Mason University, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution.

Dr. Kaskas translated and published the Qur’an into simple easy to understand English in January 2015 and published The Qur’an with references to the Bible in January2016. This book has 3000 references to the Old and the New Testaments.

Dr. Kaskas is the founder and President of the International Qur’an Research Association IQRA’

david geffen
David Geffen
Born in Bournemouth, England. Received a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematics and Computer Science from Leeds University. Married and settled in Israel and blessed with three wonderful children. Received a Distinguished Service Order for national service

  • 1990: Worked in computer engineering at Israel Aircraft Industries
  • 2000: Rabbinical Ordination from Aish Jerusalem and co-founded Aish UK
  • 2012: Founded Common Denominator – Israeli communal conflict resolution & unity building present: Founded

Loving Classroom/World – Global education and projects to build a loving world See and LovingClassroom.Training for online teacher training.

* L. E. – Love Engineer

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Chloë Goodchild

Singing philosopher, vocalist, teacher, author,  founder of the naked voice

Chloë is the founder of The Naked Voice, a pioneering experiential vocal training programme, providing a sound awareness toolkit of conscious core practices, music, audio-books and spoken meditations that empower you to find and to embody your authentic voice. The Naked Voice Charitable Foundation was established in 2004, to disseminate a deeper awareness of the essential role conscious communication plays in strengthening ethical awareness, social health and well-being in all realms of human life. Chloë’s seminal book, The Naked Voice – Transform Your Life through the Power of Sound  (North Atlantic Books) was published in 2015.

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Chloë’s Podcast series, the VOCE Dialogues – Voices of Compassionate Evolution launched in 2019. It explores and celebrates the transformative impact of compassion, with new paradigm teachers, musicians, authors, artists, social activists, new scientists, and entrepreneurs, who are making a difference in the world. 

Chloë sings, teaches, performs and records on her NakedVoiceMusic label. She is also a presenter and author for Sounds True Audiobooks; and The Shift Network. Her music is available from Amazon, Spotify and Apple.

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Laurence Freeman
Monk and Teacher
Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation

With Irish and English roots, Laurence Freeman was educated by the Benedictines and studied English Literature at New College, Oxford University. Before entering monastic life, he worked with the United Nations in New York, in Banking and Journalism. He is Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) a global, inclusive contemplative community.

Fr. Laurence Freeman is a monk of the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. His is the director and spiritual guide of the World Community for Christian Meditation. John Main was his teacher and Fr. Laurence assisted him in establishing the foundations of the Community. Fr. Laurence is the author of a number of books on Christian Meditation. He travels extensively giving presentations and leading Christian Meditation Retreats.

zoltan cser
Zoltan Cser
Zoltán Cser was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1970. He started to practice in a Buddhist Chan Community at the age of 16 to become a monk in 1992. Later on, he enrolled at the University of Economics, but after two years, he decided to continue his studies at the newly founded Dharma Gate Buddhist College (DGBC). In 2004, he returned to DGBC as a lecturer, teaching Buddhist ethics, meditation techniques, Buddhist liturgy and breathing methods as well as to organize and lead Buddhist ceremonies. In 2003, Zoltan began to practice in the International Dzogchen Community under the guidance of Choegyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. In 2010 he became a Vajradance and Yantra Yoga instructor in the International Dzogchen Community. Between 2008–2016, he served as the Vice-Rector of Education at DGBC.
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Zoltan was accepted as a doctoral student at ELTE University Budapest in partnership with the Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU) International Buddhist Studies College Thailand. He became the Director of the Dharma Gate Buddhist College and since 2020, he serves as the Vice-Rector again at the same educational institution. His main focus of research is in the various meditation technics of Buddhism, while he enjoys leading regularly Buddhist retreats, teaching online and in-person.
elena mustakova
Elena Mustakova
Spiritual philosopher, evolutionary thinker, educator, psychologist, and social scientist; expert on the systemic links between individual health, culture, moral development, language, and collective social health.
marti spiegelman

Marti Spiegelman

Marti holds a BA in biochemistry from Harvard University, an MFA in graphic design from the Yale School of Art and Architecture, and has advanced training in neurophysiology, psychology, and anthropology. She was president of her own graphic design firm for 20 years. She is founder of Shaman’s Light™, a professional training program dedicated to the creation of abundance through evolved consciousness and passion-based work. She serves as a Fellow to REX, the Relationship Economy eXpedition founded by Jerry Michalski.

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She was named the 2010 Cambridge Registry Executive Professional of the Year for her work in applying the principles of consciousness to the evolution of business and environmental action, and she was a presenter at TEDx Berkeley 2011. Marti is also a member of the Content Evolution™ federation of business advisors, where she is working with business colleagues to develop groundbreaking methodologies for raising the level of consciousness in the practice, organization, and evolution of business, finance, and governance worldwide.

david lorimer
David Lorimer
David Lorimer is a writer, lecturer and editor. He is Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network and former President of the Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society. Having started out with a career in banking, David moved on to teach philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including A New Renaissance(edited with Oliver Robinson), Prophet for our Times about the Bulgarian teacher of Perennial Wisdom Peter Deunov and Survival? Death as a Transition.
anne baring
Anne Baring

The Dream of the Cosmos: a New Cosmology.

Anne Baring b. 1931. MA Oxon. PhD (Hons) in Wisdom Studies Ubiquity University 2018. Jungian Analyst, author and co-author of 7 books including, with Jules Cashford, The Myth of the Goddess; Evolution of an Image; with Andrew Harvey, The Mystic Vision and The Divine Feminine; with Dr. Scilla Elworthy, Soul Power: an Agenda for a Conscious Humanity. Her most recent book The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul (2013, updated and reprinted 2020) was awarded the Scientific and Medical Network Book Prize for 2013. The ground of all her work is a deep interest in the spiritual, mythological, shamanic and artistic traditions of different cultures. Her website is devoted to the affirmation of a new vision of reality and the issues facing us at this crucial time of choice.

Pavel Luksha
Founder of Global Education Futures
Co-Founder of Learning Planet
Professor at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Creating global learning ecosystems for societal transformation

Pavel Luksha a global thinker, change catalyst, and facilitator. He is Founder of Global Education Futures and University for the Planet, and a co-founder of Future Capital and Living Cities movements. He also sits on Boards of several global education startups, new international school networks, and research institutions.
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Pavel works with systemic social innovations in education, business, social entrepreneurship, culture, and urban development. Prior to his work in education, Pavel has spent 10+ years in corporate management, investment sector, professional services, and startups, working with strategy, business planning, and operations. He also pursued the academic research career in system sciences and evolutionary economics, working with the Institute of Economics in the Russian Academy of Sciences, The Higher School of Economics University, and the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.
jude currivan
Jude Currivan

The Cosmic Hologram: a cosmology of a conscious and evolutionary Universe

Dr Jude Currivan is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, author and co-founder of WholeWorld-View. She was previously one of the most senior business women in the UK, as CFO and Executive Board Member of two major international companies. She has a Master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University specializing in quantum physics and cosmology, and a Doctorate in Archaeology from the University of Reading researching ancient cosmologies. She has traveled to more than 80 countries, worked with wisdom keepers from many traditions, and been a life-long researcher into the scientific and experiential understanding of the nature of reality. The author of 6 books, latterly the international best-selling and award-winning The Cosmic Hologram, her next book Gaia: Her-Story will be published in 2022. She is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders circle (
Thomas Hübl
Thomas Hübl
Thomas Hübl is a renowned teacher, author, and international facilitator whose lifelong work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions and mysticism with the discoveries of science. Since 2004, he has taught and facilitated programs with more than 100,000 people worldwide, including online courses which he began offering in 2008. The origin of his work and more than two decades of study and practice on healing collective trauma is detailed in his book Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds.

Mysticism and the principles that guide the actualization and practice of embodying these profound experiences are at the heart of Hübl’s teachings. In all his courses, participants can expect to learn from his extensive experience as a teacher of meditation and study of wisdom traditions. His didactic talks draw from evidence-based research and the leading edge of transpersonal, interdisciplinary studies.

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Originally a paramedic for nine years and a student of medicine for four, Hübl left his studies at the University of Vienna to spend four years on retreat. This led to a new life path focused on teaching meditation and mindfulness-based awareness practices. Four years later, he began holding retreats, incorporating his newfound realizations with his passion for science.

Since 2019, Hübl has hosted an annual summit on collective trauma, which has brought together more than one hundred speakers and 108,000 participants from more than 100 countries. He leads workshops and training programs at Harvard Medical School, California Institute of Integral Studies, Mobius Institute, Ubiquity University, Science and Nonduality Conference, and the Garrison Institute. Hübl has co-taught courses with William Ury, bestselling author of Getting to Yes.

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Derek Herewolf Washington

Beauty’s Rogue Permissionary Bishop

Derek Washington, MDiv, BSHS, is an aesthangelist – an extoller of Beauty and its invitation into the new paradigm.  He is a poet-bard and a new paradigm storyteller.  He is a graduate of the Sacred Art of Living and Dying, and the Anam Cara Apprenticeship.  His music, poetry and stories engage the breaking of old paradigm enchantments with the resonance of Regenerative Intimacy – Life loving to be lived by those loving to live life.

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As a former Episcopal priest and hospice counselor Derek listened to the deathbed heartache of unattained intimacy and dreams never reached for, before expanding beyond his inherited faith story to support communities toward regenerative intimacy in the new paradigm.  Having traveled the world to tend missionary hearts aching for the very intimacy they proclaimed, he began to dance with the regenerative cycle of generosity to gratitude to generativity to re-generosity.

He now writes, composes and travels to share stories of a new paradigm morality where holiness has permission to invite intimacy beyond gender, where Beauty woos longing and holds the preeminent role.  The sacred sensual nature of his poetry speaks to the expression of desire finding form through tenderness, consent, compersion and holiness, beyond conformity to a morality ensconced in the old paradigm.  He lives with unapologetic invitation as a Tender and Evocateur of Beauty in the new paradigm.

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