Date(s) - February 9, 2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Neuroscience, Awareness, and Leadership:
How meditation transforms the mind and the brain
With Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.
Ancient spiritual traditions and modern neuroscience both teach us that our bodies and minds can be trained so that we can become more aware of our circumstances, less reactive to stress, more compassionate and passionate, better equipped to approach adversity and cultivate resilience in a calm and thoughtful manner. With appropriate training, we discover our innate wisdom, the capacity to navigate in our life’s adversities with trust, bliss and transforming our problems into big opportunities that can be beneficial all beings.
In this workshop, Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., is going to introduce the concept of neuroscience and awareness, and how it is linked to effective leadership and wisdom management. He is also going to speak about the important scientific finding of neuroplasticity, that is, the brain’s immense potential to be “rewired”, and how and why meditation works to unleash that potential for our benefit. Koncha Pinós, Ph.D., is going to guide us to how resilience works and the correlation between bliss and resilience in the leadership awareness. Both are going to guide simple meditation exercises to recognize awareness as a natural quality of our minds. Jose Maria Marquez Jurado, CEO of the Judiciary General Power of Spain, will show how our emotional body intelligence and equilibrium can work together to create a powerful leadership model. Idili Lezcano, founder of Alqvimia, meditation teacher, and CEO, will explain how a company can implement the meditation in the 21st Century.
Good leadership is not just a personal attribute; it also encompasses a willingness and ability to connect with others. Some well recognized qualities of a leader include empathy, the ease and ability to be with other people, respect and care for others, and a willingness and capability to see things from the perspectives of one’s working partners. These qualities are inseparable from a wish to connect with and care for the well-being of other people. A leader is not only able to develop insights into the self, but must also have the breadth and depth of vision to gain insights into others and the wider world.
From the perspective of affective and contemplative neuroscience, Prof. Davidson will speak about how leadership can be imbued with awareness and care for the well-being of others. He will also present the latest research on developing such leadership qualities, and discuss why leaders who develop an affinity with others tend to be more insightful and better at problem-solving.
After lunch, there will be an interactive dialogue between the local speakers, facilitators and participants, focusing on the ways our powerful minds can adapt and change, and on how simple meditation training can make us more effective leaders.
Friday, February 9 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Il·lustre Col·legi de l’Advocacia de Barcelona
Carrer de Mallorca, 283
08037 Barcelona, Spain
All fees include attendance of the workshop with the vegetarian lunch and two coffee breaks.
- Early-bird – € 250 for registration on or before February 2
- Regular – € 300 for registration on or after February 2
- Supporting organizations – € 200
Please register early as spaces are limited to 200 people and available on a first come, first served basis.
The language of the event is English and Spanish.
Il·lustre Col·legi de l'Advocacia de Barcelona, Barcelona , Spain