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THE SALON DIFFEREnt

Converations That Count

It seems that we all yearn for thoughtful dialogue about our collapsing political, economic, environmental, and justice systems. We seek to discover innovative ideas with the potential to create systemic change. We want to discuss new directions.  Our "Salon Different" series in Santa Fe, New Mexico features unique thinkers and doers from around the world with creative new knowledge and game-changing ideas.  Sometimes, an important documentary film may serve as a basis for thoughtful conversation.  We gather in an informal “at home” setting that encourages deep thinking and discussion.  Conversations that Count create a space for fresh and original insights to emerge that can refresh our way of thinking. Our sessions provide a forum for progressive thinkers to weigh emerging questions, and together ignite ideas for change on a systems scale. Salon Presenters Included: 

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  • Swedish visionary and guest speaker Lars Larsson is collaborating with the Vatican and the Dalai Llama in Dharamsala.  He took us on a fascinating journey through time and across the planet to help us expand our knowledge on the underlying causes of climate catastrophe.  Lars discussed the intersectionality between capitalism, global warming, exponential energy use, and the need to retain indigenous knowledge if we are to have a continuing human history.  
  • Highly respected and widely published, Dr. Naresh Singh explored with us the realities of global immigration including the underlying causes, how various nations and communities are responding, and emergent solutions.  Dr. Singh is the pioneer of the “Sustainable Livelihoods” approach to poverty reduction introduced at the U.N. and now being used internationally.  
  • Founding Director of EFS International, Katherine Piel Kauffman offered us a innovative perspective on how human emotions drive our behavior and are central to our memory and learning systems, our physical and psychological health, our spiritual impulses, and our moral values – often defining our very identities. Ms. Kauffman has spoken internationally on the function, evolution, physio-chemical, and informational nature of emotion, and its informative value toward creating nonviolence in a global village.