Posts Tagged “Philosophy”

Open mic attracted a lot of talented and sincere young people. Anything original was welcome – poems, prose, song, dance – though participants were asked to keep whatever it was that they did to 7 minutes.

We closed out the night with conversations about love over tea.

 

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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.

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For the 25th time, organized jointly by the Budapest Center of New Acropolis Hungary and Főkert Zrt., volunteers gathered on the occasion of Earth Day to make one of the main tourist attractions of Budapest, Gellért Hill, even more attractive. Participants included four secondary schools, homeless people supported by a foundation, and volunteers from the neighbourhood.

In a span of 5 hours, about 100 pairs of hands collected 70 sacks of garbage, painted 20 benches and 200 metres of railings, and removed several wheelbarrows of earth from the drainage works.

At the beginning of the day, each group of volunteers received a virtue by spinning the Wheel of Virtues, which helped them to contemplate the efforts made for bettering the environment in the context of such ideas as creativity, courage, attention and resolution.

 

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Philosophy - Αναζήτηση της ευτυχίαςBy manifesting artistically and dynamically our care and love for our fellow citizens, we carried out in Thessaloniki (northern Greece) street interviews: we asked the citizens that were taking a walk to tell us…the ingredients of happiness and to participate in our interactive game ‘searching for happiness’!

Philosophy - Αναζήτηση της ευτυχίας

Philosophy - Αναζήτηση της ευτυχίας

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1A great surprise for children and their parents was an interactive chamber concert  My Home. My Music by Contrabass Quartet held in New Acropolis Moscow, Central Russia . The audience had the opportunity not only to listen to great music performed by professional musicians, but also to get acquainted with instruments including violin, viola and contrabass.

The musicians of Contrabass Quartet are lovers of the stories of the musical traditions of the family.What music is for a birth? And what music is for remarkable events in the family? The concert was dynamic, joyous, not only for children but also for their parents. Participants of the concert became orchestra artists, singers, dancers, composers…

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1Petrozavodsk hosted the International Winter Festival Hyperborea. It traditionally unites northern cities, lying “beyond Boreas” – beyond the 60th parallel, and is held to show the attractiveness of life in the North, and on this day citizens are offered a series of fun and exciting contests and games.
New Acropolis philosophers suggested to people who came to see the ice sculptures, to consider the meaning of the festival, and to answer the questions: “Why do you love the North? What is attractive, for example, in the winter, which lasts six months, or in the long, dark nights and cloudy days? ” It was interesting to hear from people not only “skates, skis and sleds” for which one can thank the North, but also the awe inspired by stars in the long, dark nights, the gratitude for the earth on which we live, and also  the opportunity to develop discipline offered by the cold northerly days.   And of course, living in  7Petrozavodsk, beyond Boreas, teaches us to love and appreciate beauty.

 

 

 

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Vorträge Universität Stuttgart Assagioli FRankl JungSeries of lectures on three philosophers of the 20th century presented by the director of New Acropolis Stuttgart and other lecturers at the University of Stuttgart. Frankl, Jung and Assagioli were doctors who addressed the psychic and spiritual aspects of man.

Assagioli developed Psychosynthesis, in which will plays an essential role. Frankl developed logotherapy: everyone is capable of giving meaning to his life. CG Jung encouraged people to face their inner shadows.

There was also a lively debate about some of the approaches outlined in the presentation and participants concluded that these three philosophers aim to foster the development of the person making her more resistant to impacting life events.

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