Q&A with Lord John Alderdice: We are edging towards a new set of understandings

At the 2017 Spirit of Humanity Forum in Iceland, Jim Paymer sat down with Lord John Alderdice to discuss conflict, bridging divides and the Forum itself.

"Having had a few days space with other people devoted to finding a better way, and in my world in politics, you don’t get that many spaces. There are people here who have experiences who are really good to engage with and learn from."

Climate Action – the Ethical Perspective

Maureen Goodman looks at what our collective responsibility towards communities and families directly affected by climate change and towards the generations to come is...

“Whatever we do, whatever place we are in, we should ask first not what shall I do, but what does this place, what does this Earth require of me? In other words we are called not simply to action, but to service. Caring for each other and for the Earth is just that, service, deep service.”

Living from the Inside Out

Alexandra Asseily - My life has been oxygenated and transformed by powerful bubbles arising without warning, from a deep source, a bottomless lake.

“How does my voice suddenly sing like an angel, with a song I have never heard before, when asked if I want to open myself to God? It must have hidden somewhere - deep in my lungs, until released in bubbles of pure sound.”

The SoH Forum Reykjavik 2017 will encourage leaders and change-makers at all levels to explore what it means to live from the ‘inside-out’. We are inviting people from a variety of sectors to contribute their thoughts on this theme.

A Timely Invitation to Envision and Enact Collective Transformation!

Dr Rama Mani, Founder, Theatre of Transformation Academy, Research Associate and Convenor, Enacting Global Transformation Initiative, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford.

"We are living now through such a moment in human history where we are called, each of us, to build the bridge between personal and systemic transformation. We are called to recognise that the old paradigms have asphyxiated not only our institutions but the very possibility of life on earth. We are called to shape and enact new paradigms that are regenerative and infused with care."

Are YOU Living from Outside IN or Inside OUT?

The best-selling author Mike George identifies the signs and symptoms of living the wrong way around.

“It seems the vast majority of us are 'outside inners' as opposed to ‘inside outers’. But we don't know it! We don't realise living from 'outside in' is the primary cause of an unhappy and unfulfilled personal life AND the reason why we see so much conflict in the world around us. But why?”

The SoH Forum Reykjavik 2017 will encourage leaders and change-makers at all levels to explore what it means to live from the ‘inside-out’. We are inviting people from a variety of sectors to contribute their thoughts on this theme.

More Love and Compassion in Decision-making

Ambassador Ragnar Ängeby, a former Swedish diplomat and one of the founders of Spirit of Humanity Forum, presents some thoughts behind the Forum.

“We need to give more space to a humanity that cares for compassion and love, honesty and respect, and other basic spiritual values which are part of our common human heritage.”