A special evening organized at a local library in Milan thanks to the “Philosophy in Milan” initiative, which consists of a series of events to talk about philosophers, and deepen our understanding of their ideas. The workshop format – created by New Acropolis volunteers – focused on all aspects of our daily lives, and highlighted the various ways we can learn and apply something from the greatest names of Philosophy.
The protagonists of the most recent workshop were Kant and his ideas; a valuable lesson about the importance of building ideas to build a coherent way to understand ourselves and the world that surrounds us, giving the correct importance to our thinking, to our experience, and to our actions.
“Happiness is the conquest of virtues” explained Berta Zabala, from New Acropolis Tegucigalpa, during the open event whereby were discussed the ideas of Aristotle and how to achieve happiness through the fostering of virtues.
Lecture entitled “Philosophy helps us get through the crisis: Lessons and examples from the Stoics”, organized by New Acropolis Maribor at the ‘Vetrinjski Dvor’ public lecture hall on World Philosophy Day. The activity was attended by a large audience in addition to being recorded by Agora radio for the Slovenian minority in Austria. Each visitor received a small gift, a bookmark with a phrase of the Stoics.
New Acropolis Athens continues the series of debates entitled “Philosophical dilemmas”. At every debate the speakers present the characteristics of different philosophical perspectives pertaining to famous philosophers and actively discuss them with participants.
This year’s edition of ‘Street Delivery’ brought together artists and skilled artisans. New Acropolis volunteers organized several workshops for all those interested, including the creation of textile dolls, handmade jewelry such as traditional bracelets, and painting of archaeological reproductions based on the works found in the world’s largest museums.
The ‘Rosetta Stone’ workshop offered the opportunity to manufacture reproductions of this famous stone which represented the decryption key to hieroglyphic writing.
Last, but not least, people interested in philosophy had the chance to discuss Timeless Values in order to help them redefine a healthy attitude towards work during an open discussion called ‘Youth and Work’.
New Acropolis Mumbai organized a debate entitled “Empowering real change”, in collaboration with the Indian Express newspaper. Speakers included the educator and environmental specialist Sonam Wangchuk, the philanthropist Tsarina Screwvala (Swades Foundation) and the philosopher Yaron Barzilay (Director of New Acropolis in India).
With over 150 attendees, the presenters at this ’round table’ emphasized the need for a sustainable change in society, beyond quick and immediate fixes, which are of little relevance and lead to uncertainty and despair. A collective investigation showed that the “Post-truth” world (Word of the Year 2016, Oxford Dictionary), leads to individuals’ inability to dream and to aspire to a better world. It turns out that our challenges could be more possible to carry out, redefining how society provides education. Ultimately, the responsibility rests with the individual at the time of choosing to participate in the change.
Within the framework World Philosophy Day, New Acropolis in Heraklion, organized a cultural evening entitled “Parallel Lives of Philosophers”, with presentations on the life and work of Plato, Confucius, Pythagoras and Buddha.
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