Linda Leogah Forkwa – Reflection
"As an African working on conflict and governance, I was struck by the President’s grace and humility. In his very informal, convivial speech, he stated; “Iceland is one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Genuine care for one another would restore the peace the world longs for.” This was echoed throughout the Forum, which had a strong emphasis on the importance of love and compassion in creating a better world."
Linda Leogah ForkwaEarth Fellow, Home For Humanity, Cameroon
Axel Gegenschatz – Reflection
“Link ‘Leading with authenticity of love’ to yourself and learn how you can continue to develop your will to change and break your limitations in order to act like a multiplier in many aspects where we need to change as a society. From the Forum I bring confidence, responsibility, inner work that can work outside and a sense of belonging to a network of support.”
Axel GegenschatzBoard Director, Advisor & Investor Former CEO of Natura & Co Argentina
"My time in Iceland and especially in the gathering of the Forum, was absolutely magical and transformative. I am deeply grateful for being included in the retreat and for the opportunity to get to know so many wonderful people. The experience was characterised by grace, humility and an incredible commitment to do good, whatever that means. I will be happy to contribute to the Forum in the future, in any way that I can."
Einat BronsteinInternational Lead Trainer of IFS (Internal Family Systems), Co-founder and co-director of the Israeli Institute of IFS, Israel
"Hosted in extraordinary Iceland, the Forum was one of superb introspection, focusing on skills that enhance one’s ability to lead effectively during challenging times. The international flavour of the participants was outstanding, while blending together unique leaders from around the world. The exploration, experiential atmosphere, and subsequent transformation was astounding and life changing. I would not hesitate to return if invited again."
James StewardHead of School, Hiroshima International School, Japan
"The Noor that stepped into this space is totally different. Now I am more open, more present and I have very high hopes that we together can do something about humanity. The title 'Spirit of Humanity' is very profound. I experience that we are all one. It is just a matter of choice to feel the other, to be close to others and by doing so we will create a positive change."
Noor BalfaqeehCorporate Affairs and Communications senior manager, Unilever, Saudi Arabia
"It was an extraordinary experience, heartwarming and heart opening in a way I did not expect. There were many special moments like when I found myself in a conversation with a person from the other side of the globe and her story sounded so very much like my own story that at one point we just cracked up laughing and hugged because it was so unbelievable. You go away with more compassion, more understanding, less fear and with courage just to do what you know is right and needs to be done."
Martin FrickDirector, United Nations World Food Programme, Global Office, Germany
"On top of connecting to some wonderful people and starting both new friendships and work partnerships, the Forum was transformational for me in several ways. For the first time in my 75 years, I discovered I had a sixth sense - my body! It was a total revelation to start to learn how to listen to my body. It gave me critical new insights into my relationship with my amazing wife and I also gained new clarity on how to promote the shift to a Wellbeing Economic System. It was a joyful, inspiring and crucially important event for me."
Stewart WallisChair, Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll), United Kingdom
"The Forum asked us to contemplate how leading with Authenticity and Love can be the conduit towards peace. Over three days evolved a deep and meaningful connection to self and others. Our inner contemplation drawing on the mind, body and spirit, brought forth a realisation that to move from crisis to peace requires a higher consciousness than what currently exists globally. The Forum illuminated the path to a place of higher consciousness, for it is in this place peace can be found, that is the legacy and gift of this wonderful global gathering."
Miriam ColemanFounder, Mountain View Consulting, Australia
Henri van Eeghen
"It was an absolute pleasure. The whole setup was excellent and very interactive. It gave me a great opportunity to connect deeper to self and I had the opportunity to meet a whole number of new people. Grateful, I am looking forward to participate further in the events."
Henri van EeghenCEO ,KIT Royal Tropical Institute, The Netherlands
“One of the most wonderful things is the diversity of people who are brought together. Peoples background, peoples level of doing inner work, the type of work that they have done, what they are doing out there in the world. Many people were activists, trying to manifest change in the world, others were in a more reflective place. It is that combination, the inner work for outer change that appeals to me the most. I had a fantastic experience. I now want reflect on: How can we together take this out into the world to many more people?”
Peggy DulanyBoard Chair and Founder, The Synergos Institute, USA
Ila Malhotra Gregory
"What has been so powerful is how embodied the experience has been. To move past the language of ‘spirit’, ‘love’, ‘crisis or ‘healing’, into the wisdom that is held in our collective body, or ’social body’ which is a word I learned. My thoughts are now how I integrate this outside a container like this. How we bring the essence of an experience like this into the world. That felt really powerful, to move beyond, to dissolve that barrier, and let something new grow."
Ila Malhotra GregorySpeaker, facilitator, weaver, YouthxYouth, United Kingdom
"A passage, a portal, a profound gathering beyond appearances. I am thankful to have been part of the Forum this year and full of joy and reverence for what is emerging with it."
Diego GalafassiFounder & Film director, Hum Interactive Studios, Sweden/Brazil
Olivier Onghena-‘t Hooft
"What a success this Forum has been! This format works much better than the ‘classical’ congress style: - much more interaction with many more people, on a more profound level, - staying together in the same hotel and having evening programs, - breakfast, lunch and dinner together enhances exchanges, - the morning meditation is a very important component, - the possibility to go to your room for a nap, or do some work, or brush your teeth, - meeting in rooms with views and air instead of a dark auditorium."
Olivier Onghena-'t HooftFounder & Executive Chairman, GINPI, Belgium
"In life it so often happens that we only focus on the doing, but when we come to the awareness of the being that is very beautiful. So the whole event were focused on the process of experiencing what is the being within and it really felt as if it was a family coming together. The things we were talking about were things that can impact the world. Because when I change and I come to that awareness of the being that I am, what I do is not just for me and my limited family, but it impacts everything else that I am involved with."
Sister Jayanti KirpalaniAdditional Administrative Head, The Brahma Kumaris, India / United Kingdom
"For me it was a meeting of hope, because it is important that we do not only have people who are thinking about solutions, but also an inclusive strategy to get everybody to embrace the change that we need to make. We need to touch the heart of the people, we cannot only use intellectual arguments. To speak heart to heart is much more promising than just speaking from one intellect to the other."