What is wisdom 2.0?
Over the past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend Wisdom 2.0 conference. It was such a beautiful experience to be surrounded by a compassionate and open community. Wisdom 2.0 is a conference that addresses the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world. it had 3000 people from over 30 countries all asking the same question:
“How do we live with greater presence, purpose, and wisdom in the digital age?”
With so many ongoing talks and practice sessions, it was hard to attend and capture all of the wealth of knowledge shared at the conference. The highlight of the conference for me and for many others was watching and hearing and learning from Tarana Burke, founder of the #Metoo movement, social justice activist and a survivor herself talked about the journey of healing and what the movement is.
What is #Metoo?
The movement is actually about supporting survivors of sexual violence and making sure they have the resources they need to find and craft a healing journey. And one of the important resource she spoke about is language. How can we teach young girls the language so they can share their experiences and describe their pain.
The second most radical thing she spoke about is “Radical Community Healing”. There are millions of people who have come forward and shared their experience in sexual violence…There should be a community response to that.” What laws and policies have to change? How does a culture have to shift in order to create safe spaces so people feel safe and protected? Everything outside of that is a distraction.” She called this ‘Radical Community Healing’
Another thing that really stood out to me was how she spoke about empathy. Not just empathy, but empowermental empathy that is the fuel of the #Metoo movement. The movement according to her, is not the destination but a starting point, and we can only get there if we empower the survivors and talk about healing. Healing is a forever journey and it is a difficult thing to do alone, and that is the power of #Metoo. #Metoo is not about if you ca hug someone, it’s about joy, love and healing.