Yeah, me neither. Nor do any of the speakers at Wisdom 2.0.
Ostensibly this gathering is about mindfulness and awareness as it relates to the business world. But I am not so sure that anyone knows exactly what this gathering is about.
It all seems to be a work in progress.
A Whirlwind Arrival
The event was held at the Concourse Exhibition Center in downtown San Francisco. I entered a long, beautiful hall and I couldn’t help but notice the amazing statues from India that adorned the entrance, as well as the stars hanging from the rafters. I could sense an intense buzz and enthusiasm for the event that was starting in less than an hour. I couldn’t help but be a fly on the wall for what I saw next (to my utter delight of course).
The juxtaposition of Bohemian wanderers in deep conversation with corporate executives left an indelible impression on me.
Now I consider myself a talker and love to engage in conversation with new people I meet. But, in this instance, I simply stood and listened. And what were they talking about?
The words wafted through the air and one had to listen just a bit harder as they weren’t the normal terms that one hears at a business conference. Snippets of airborne eavesdropping included ‘meditation’, ‘mindfulness’, and just plain ‘being present’.
A Pleasant Revelation
And what does all of this have to do with the wisdom and leadership in a world that is emerging as corporate and personal all at the same time?
Here’s the pleasant revelation: Nobody knows. Everyone, myself included, walked into the venue without any real answers, but more questions to ask. And that’s how we left the conference.
So it turns out that I went to a conference that was heavy on “seeking” but not so much on the “finding.” I then realized this is exactly where our world finds itself.
There is a suspicion that once we as humans pay attention to something different and maybe tilt our heads to view that something at a different angle, a new outcome can arise.
So here is my question to you. Why would 1800 people show up for 3 days in San Francisco with just the sense that there is something to find, but not knowing exactly what it is? Hmm, maybe you and I can think of some!
P.S. If you’re curious, check out some of these videos taken at the event.