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Reception: 6:00 p.m. (North Gate Hall Courtyard)
Discussion: 6:30 p.m. (North Gate Hall Library)
Come meet two alums of the J-School who are pioneering the journalism of personal and social change from within the self.
David Gelles, ’08, is the author of the new book Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Work from the Inside Out, in which he argues that meditation changes our minds, bodies and dispositions largely for the better, and “when mindfulness imbues individuals and organizations, it can change the way we work.” David is a business reporter for The New York Times, and he documents the increasing presence of meditators in corporate environments, ranging from Aetna to Eileen Fisher, and most of all among the Technorati in Silicon Valley.
Jason Marsh, ’05, is the founding editor-in-chief of Greater Good, the online magazine published by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC). Greater Good reports on the new field of positive psychology, covering scientifically sound methods of increasing personal and social well being. He also served as the producer of the GGSC’s recent Massive Open Online Course (MOOC),”The Science of Happiness,” which registered 160,000 students.
Join us for a conversation about their careers and their personal practices; we’ll find out what they seek from ancient wisdom and modern science. Learn how they believe we can become calmer, as well as more focused, effective and compassionate, even against the frenetic background of technology, information overload and the job demands of a competitive economy (and university).
Can you, too, access the wisdom to “be” in the midst of the cacophony? Can you really become both calmer and sharper? Are such results easily available, or only possible with great discipline? And when businesses promote mindfulness, do they undermine what should only be a personal quest? Please join us with these questions and more!