SLOW IS BEAUTIFUL:
PARADIGM SHIFT AND EMERGING CULTURAL VALUES
1-5 September 2022
A great shift is imperative in this age of crises caused by our own civilization with its race to get faster, bigger, and more. This workshop is an opportunity to define the nature of change that society and we ourselves must go through. Participants will be led in an intensive intellectual inquiry into the contemporary global shift of core societal values in human society that is happening now. While unlearning the economic mindset, we will relearn a way of life defined by the three “s” words, Slow, Small, Simple, key concepts in traditional Asian wisdom. Participants will become aware of the massive cultural change that is happening now in the midst of the myriad crises we are facing as a human race. The great turning may also be characterized as one “from global to local” from “excess to enough” from “competition to sharing” and “theft to gift”. This workshop will be an exploration into a new vision of an “economics of wellbeing” as a pursuit towards a local, communal, ecological, healthy, ethical, peaceful, joyful and loving way of life.
Keibo Oiwa is a cultural anthropologist, author, translator, environmental activist and public speaker. He lived in North America for 16 years, and holds a Ph.D in Anthropology from Cornell University. Since 1992 he has taught international studies at Meiji Gakuin University in Japan. The founder of the Sloth Club, and ecology and ‘slow life’ NGO, he gives lectures and workshops on social and environmental issues. He has also co-authored a book on a peoples’ history of Japan with renowned environmentalist, David Suzuki.
To develop an intensive intellectual inquiry into the contemporary global shift of core societal values in human society, unlearn the old economic mindset and relearn to be slow, small and simple, exploring a holistic and sustainable way of life that goes beyond the economic wealth.
Become aware of the global crises we are facing as a human race
Unlearn the dominant economic mindset
Relearn how to do less and be more, and how to return to our true nature of human beings
Experience Japanese Slow culture through, Chado tea ceremony, & Ikebana flower arrangement and Haiku poems
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