Reflections from the 5th SoH Forum
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir – Reflection
"We rarely use the words happiness and love in politics... but why are we in politics? What do we want to achieve in politics if not love and happiness."
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttirfr. Foreign Minister of Iceland
Yves Daccord – Reflection
"We have to be curious. It opens our hearts to others. Anger doesn't allow us to be curious. Curiosity helps us establish a common language rather than an attitude where we don't want to know."
Yves DaccordExecutive Chairman Edgelands Institute @ Harvard, former CEO of the International Red Cross
Sister Jayanti – Reflection
"Spirituality says that everything begins inside, and then it begins to manifest outside…Learning to love myself is not a sign of ego, but a sign of spiritual development. And when I can begin to love myself, I can start loving others unconditionally also."
Sister JayantiAdditional Administrative Head and European Director, Brahma Kumaris
Peggy Dulany – Reflection
"How does love support our differences? Building trust through open listening. I do need to be authentic to what I believe, but also be able to listen deeply to where others are coming from. It is critical (when our views are challenged) to be able to step back and listen and not fall into reaction. To be able to meet as human beings, to develop a sense of appreciation for the other person and then build on that.”
Peggy DulanyFounder and Chair, Synergos
John, Lord Alderdice – Reflection
"A scientific way of thinking can help me understand how the world is made up and what has happened in life, but it cannot tell me how I ought to relate with my fellows."
John, Lord AlderdiceHouse of Lords, UK
Gabriela Michetti – Reflection
"We must be aware when we do our work and carry out the responsibilities that it is very important to take care of ourselves. You may nourish your soul, but if you do not look after your body it will create a problem. Lack of well-being will have an impact on others. Looking after the self is fundamental.”
Gabriela MichettiFormer Vice President of Argentina, President, Ser Consultancy
Madeleine von Holzen – Reflection
"I was very impressed with what Gabriela was saying. I think it is a big issue... When working with high ambition and wanting to provide quality, one can end up working a lot and get people to work a lot. I think it is a big discussion."
Madeleine von HolzenChief editor, 'Le Temps'; Editorial director, 'Heidi.news'
The Most Revd Dr Thabo C. Makgoba – Reflection
"Indeed, the world needs to hear about well-being and how we can participate, through our love, to create that well-being."
The Most Revd Dr Thabo C. Makgobathe Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
Kamlesh Patel – Reflection
“We are not fully aware of what we are not doing. We are not fully aware of the consequences of not playing our part. When this awareness comes, then the world will change.”
Kamlesh PatelFounder, Heartfulness
Prof Tania Singer – Reflection
"Being a social neuroscientist and psychologist also working cross-disciplinary together with economists, educators, politicians and health-care providers, I am repeatedly astonished by the fact that in all these large-scale systems we have created, LOVE is somehow a taboo. We do not do research and do not like to speak about it publicly neither. However, it is the basis for humanity."
Prof Tania Singerscientific head of the Max Planck Social Neuroscience Research Group
Mohammed Mohammed – Reflection
"Our world needs love more than anything else. Love that is transcendent, love that is inclusive, love that is accompanied by forgiveness, love that is unconditional."
Mohammed MohammedSenior Programme Officer, the Fetzer Institute
In her opening address, the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir spoke of the Wellbeing economy Countries of which Iceland is a founding member:
“It is my steadfast view that the wellbeing economy and its wide ranging values, where people’s needs are made central, should be our guiding light to a more equal and sustainable future ...I wish you a good conference”.
In his welcome, as host of the Forum, the Mayor of Reykjavik Dagur B. Eggertssonreminded us that,
“It is the 5th time that Reykjavik has hosted the Spirit of Humanity Forum since it was launched and I am extremely proud, as Mayor of the City, to be their host, because the City of Reykjavik has officially put its heart on peace and human rights issues, and we see it as the core of our local and international policies and programmes”.