Conference Overview

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has accentuated and highlighted what many already know – human society and the planet are mired in deep crisis like never before. The root cause of these problems is systemic, thus a patchwork of responses will not do. The health, economic, ecological and social crises confronting us are inextricably linked to one another.

Consciousness leads action. In this conference, the search for solutions will be led by the spirit of neohumanism, defined as the spirit of love for all created beings in this universe – humans, animals and nature, as well as inanimate things. This is the key – only a new paradigm built upon the edifice of universal love can lead the world out of the limitations of the current self-centred and matter-centred dominant capitalist model, and the dogma-centred approach at the heart of various religious and intellectual movements.

Let us explore neohumanist solutions with new pathways developed across the different yet interlinked domains of life on earth: education, healthcare, the socio-political-economic structure, sustainable development, ecology, the arts and the media. This conference is an attempt to fully grasp the interdisciplinary nature of the multiple crises and discover neohumanist solutions.

Objectives

• To create a space where the causes of key problems of today’s world can be understood from a multidisciplinary perspective;
• To deeply analyze the multidimensional nature of key issues in the areas of education, health, socio- economics, ecology, social justice, leadership and governance, and moral and spiritual development;
• To explore collaborations for forging successful and enduring neohumanist initiatives and ways to upscale them; and expand faculty of GK and NH Colleges;
• To share results of individual research in any aspect of neohumanist ideology;
• To utilize the power of the arts and music to foster global renaissance in all strata of individual and collective life.
• To create a virtual exhibition for showcasing exemplary works and initiatives of all neohumanist practitioners.

The Schedule

This global conference is designed for participation from all parts of the world. Two six-hour blocks of programs will take place each day, one for the East and one for the West.

Program Sessions

The program will span the diverse areas mentioned above and is expected to consist of live individual or group presentations, some panel discussions, and some pre-recorded viewings. Much of the action-oriented content would also be displayed in the virtual exhibition section of this website.

Recordings

Recordings of each of the programs will be available so that those on the other side of the world can watch them at their convenience.

Submissions

Those interested in participating as a presenter in the conference are requested to kindly send an email to the conference organizers (conference@gurukul.edu), including a small paragraph with the title, description, and format of your presentation (virtual exhibit, talk, panel, artistic piece, etc.).