The Centre for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and a panel of experts at a live-streamed event aimed at promoting global well-being on Wednesday.
The event, The World We Make, will be held in the Capitol Theatre at the Overture Centre for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, at 1.30 pm central time. The panel, moderated by ABC News anchor Dan Harris, will focus on how the world will look if the concept of well-being is put into practice.
The event will be broadcast internationally through live streaming, thanks to a partnership with the National Geographic Society and the Mind and Life Institute.
“The science we are doing at UW–Madison is providing crucial evidence to support the idea that simple, secular mental practices can help people cultivate well-being,” says Davidson. “However, scientific research is not sufficient in itself. We need partnerships with global thought leaders like His Holiness the Dalai Lama to catalyse these conversations about well-being and inspire people to view it as a skill that can be learned.”
Concepts such as secular ethics — which states that all humans, regardless of religion or background, should treat each other with compassion — has been espoused by the Dalai Lama, who is a regular at the university.
The other panelists at the event include:
Richard Davidson: The founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, he is best known for his groundbreaking research on emotion and the human brain.
Sona Dimidjian: An associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, his research addresses issues regarding the treatment and prevention of depression – with emphasis on the mental health of women during pregnancy and post-partum.
Soma Stout: She is the executive external lead for health improvement of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the executive lead of 100 Million Healthier Lives, which brings together hundreds of partners across global communities to ensure healthier lives for over 100 million people by 2020.
Dan Harris: A correspondent of ABC News, he is the co-anchor for the weekend edition of ‘Good Morning America’, and a regular contributor to shows such as ‘Nightline’, ‘20/20’ and ‘World News Tonight’.
The sponsors of the event include PwC, a multinational professional services network; Steelcase, a professional firm; and ambassador sponsors Chade-Meng Tan, Jeffrey C Walker and Ready Set Productions.