Join us in Cape Town on 19 and 20 March 2017 to explore the missing key to global change. How do we unlock the human capacity to access fresh thinking, to see anew, to innovate, to collaborate, and to create solutions to all challenges, however big or small? Through a series of plenary presentations, panel discussions and audience Q&A, we will explore why a deeper understanding of the mind provides the one solution to all problems and has the potential for greatest impact, yet is the one direction that very few look. Speakers will cover an extensive range of topics across far reaching fields. Stay tuned to this page as we finalize speakers and agenda.
Any system in life is only understood and improved when human beings can see the fundamental source, or starting point of it. Consider the foundation of a building, or the human immune system as examples. Painting over cracks in the walls of a house with a faulty foundation is just going to lead to more work in the future, and eventually larger structural problems. Similarly, continuing to put cortisone cream on a persistent rash is not going to treat the issue at the source. It will only provide temporary relief, but no real understanding of what is the underlying cause of inflammation, and therefore no understanding of how to cure it at the source.
Any time humans better understand the most fundamental source of an issue, then and only then is real and lasting progress made. The current state of the world is trapped in an ineffective cycle of dealing with the symptoms of socio-global issues, from war and conflict to inequality, poverty, and mental health issues without understanding and addressing them at the source. This talk will illuminate how the chronic global issues of our time are only understood and treated at the source: the human mind. Seeing and treating the source of our global issues is the only hope for creating a new world for future generations
There are many issues and problems in the world. Personal challenges, relationship issues, social issues and global issues of all kinds. There are also many interventions and ideas that can help us with existing problems and issues.
This talk will focus on the vast difference between finding something that can help us and understanding a more fundamental cause.
Based on nearly 30 years observing and implementing projects based on a Three Principles understanding of the mind in many fields, Aaron will outline why he feels this understanding points to the underlying cause of problematic issues and also provides a cure to all these ills. The aim of this session is to outline: what is the understanding of the mind being discussed at One Solution and why is it being considered the solution to global issues.
What happens to our ability to solve large-scale problems when we understand the root cause and the underlying principles of something? What does that give us the ability to do in the world that would otherwise be impossible?
This discussion will allow us to assess and appreciate to what degree we have a solution and what patterns, limits and problems it solves in the world.
In this talk, Dr. Aaron Turner will be joined by Dr. Shadrick Mazaza, to build on the principles discussed in Aaron's previous talk. How do universal principles of the mind apply to the future of the African continent?
Dr. Mazaza has long been interested in the link between personal transformation and organizational change. He is on the faculty of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business where he highlights the importance of an understanding of how the human mind works as the foundation common to both health and wellbeing on the one hand, and leadership and business on the other. Based on this link Shadrick was inspired by the African Union's Agenda 2063 vision for continental change. Together, Dr. Mazaza and Dr. Turner will discuss how personal transformation is the only means for continental evolution. Both will illustrate the link between personal transformation and the socio-economic shifts in the African Union Agenda 2063 and how an understanding of the principles of the mind would fuel this shift. There is a hopeful and clarifying causal relationship between simple principles to the realisation of a developed, industrialised and integrated African continent.
When we as practitioners began to see the link between our experience of our lives/professions and our thinking in the moment, our resilience was re-awakened. The implications of these scientific principles of the mind for helpers in all professions to enliven their careers, decrease and/or eliminate stress and burnout, to think in more innovative and creative ways about their work became apparent to us. As we shared this understanding with others either directly or by example we began to see our organizations shift to becoming more resilient and responsive to the needs of their clients. We are witnessing the transformation of healthcare, addictions treatment and the field of mental health in ways that get to the root cause of these problems, rather that just reducing symptoms or finding coping mechanisms. More importantly, professionals are jump starting their careers and giving hope to others. We will share our personal stories of how this “One Solution” changed our lives and the lives of those we serve. The implications for cost saving, higher impact, and lower turnover and relapse rate will be discussed.
Mara will be joined by former physician and psychiatrist Dr. Bill Pettit for this session, reflecting on how it’s possible that there is one fundamental understanding that affects all fields. As will have been shown in the day prior’s presentations and continued today, the mind touches every field of endeavor. Therefore, a revolutionary shift in our understanding of the mind means shifts in every field known to mankind. In over 30 years of practice, Bill has seen the most extreme physical and mental health cases resolved in a fraction of the time of typical interventions. And in Mara’s 11-year career, she has shared this understanding of the mind with professional athletes, MIT-trained physicists, religious leaders, and more. In every case, it was a new understanding of the mind that unlocked real, profound, and sustained change.
Through our experiences in sharing this understanding, we have seen a first hand glimpse of what is possible if an entire generation of youth grew up with a correct understanding of the mind. Problems become solvable, potential is boundless, and peace is possible. We invite you on a journey into a future where an entire generation is inoculated against the pervasive and unhelpful misunderstanding at the heart of all humanity’s problems. We will paint a seemingly implausible picture of our world characterized by a peaceful, sustainable human existence. Through our experiences, we will demonstrate that this is not only possible, but actually inevitable, when a simple misunderstanding is corrected and a generation wakes up to the workings of their own minds. We will share with you our own work to bring this understanding into the world and invite you to join us in the creation of first inside-out generation.
We are delighted to welcome Gina Levy, founder of South Africa-based Upstarts, with two of her current students to discuss the limitless capacity for youth to break through barriers, exceed expectations and innovate a new world. The mind is not limited by what we tend to think it is, and this panel is proof!
It is all very well looking at individual learning and the way it effects levels of resilience, well being and individual behaviour. But what about the institutions and structures we live within.
This talk will focus on an understanding of the nature and operation of institutions based on The Principles and on work done highlighting The Principles within institutions. These cases highlight a surprising potential for change and a surprising appreciation for just what makes an institution what it is.
After two days of talks, panels and hopefully mind-bending insights we wanted to have a session to prove how the mind creates a false perceived sense of "difference" or inequality, and how realizing that changes everything. Difference doesn't exist outside of thought, or in other words: we are not different we just think we are. In this hopeful and thought provoking talk, Eirik will be joined by Jenny Anderson who has travelled the world seeing this first-hand across any field, demographic or geographic location - and Bill Petitt, who has decades of experience as a psychiatrist - seeing with his own eyes that we are the same, and that difference is indeed just a thought-generated illusion. This redefines "us vs them" from something to overcome to something to see just isn't true.
We will close the conference out by highlighting the ONE fundamental truth at the source of all the talks: that there is only ONE way in which the mind works and that looking in this direction is the key to change, be it of an individual, organisational or global nature. The ONE solution to change lies in a simple understanding of the mind. When the world looks in this direction the world can change direction.
Furthermore, we will leave you with our vision: that each of YOU has the power to go out and be a #partofthesolution in your lives, communities, South Africa and the world. We hope that sparks have been created and fires have been lit - what you have learned sitting here is all you need to know to be a powerful and a real agent of change.