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Soren Gordhamer
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Soren Gordhamer works with individuals and groups on ways to live with less stress and more effectiveness in our technology-rich lives. He has been featured in various media, including GQ Magazine and, and has taught classes on stress reduction to such diverse populations as youth in New York City juvenile halls, trauma workers in Rwanda, and to staff at Google. A former project director for Richard Gere's public charity, Healing the Divide, he organized the "Healing through Great Difficulty Conference" with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Soren’s latest book is Wisdom 2.0: Ancient Secrets for the Creative and Constantly Connected (HarperOne, 2009), which applies Zen and mindfulness-based teachings to our modern, networked lives.

He is also the founder and host of the Wisdom 2.0 Conference.

His website is at

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Mindfulness: The Seattle Seahawk's Sports Psychologist Shares Why It Matters

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 9:21 AM

The Seattle Seahawks have only been to the Superbowl once (v. Pittsburg Steelers, 2006), and they've never won -- until this year, when they walked away from MetLife Stadium holding up one of the most resounding victories (43-8) in the history of the competition.

A lot of factors were in...

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Welcome to Wisdom 2.0

(6) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 12:46 PM

There is always a unique trajectory of ideas that are initially seen as odd and later become an integral part of the culture.

Visiting with Arianna Huffington a few months ago in NYC, she remarked, "It seems that everyone in the business community is now talking about mindfulness and wisdom....

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Compassion and Business: LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Speaks Up

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 3:29 PM

It is one thing to hear the importance of compassion expressed from people like the Dalai Lama and other religious leaders, but it is often seen by business people as a nice extra, and not necessarily core to their lives.

For LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, it is different.

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Mindfulness: So What's In It For Me?

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 5:45 PM

I had been meaning to write a post for some time, and it took a recent Wired article about me and others that spurred me to do it. The article brings up issues I would like to address. The first is around practicing mindfulness as a means to...

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Bill Ford on Compassion in Business

(44) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 8:29 AM

At the recent Wisdom 2.0 conference, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford sat down with Jack Kornfield, founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, to discuss what role compassion, mindfulness and wisdom play in modern business. In front of an audience of entrepreneurs, mindfulness...

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Twitter Cofounder Biz Stone Interview at Wisdom 2.0

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 10:30 AM

Wisdom 2.0 founder, Soren Gordhamer (left) and Biz Stone
Excerpts from an Interview with Biz Stone at Wisdom 2.0 Business

(You can watch the entire interview here.)

On Culture

Biz: I think about our approach to work almost as...

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The Real Conversation: Wisdom and Technology

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 11:00 AM

The New York Times recently put on the front page of their business section an article titled "Silicon Valley Says Put Down Your Devices," along with a picture and quote from me, and many of my friends and Wisdom 2.0 speakers. It addressed the need for...

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What Is Wisdom? Business Leaders and Spiritual Teachers Share Their Thoughts (Video)

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Backstage at Wisdom 2.0, we asked numerous people -- from wisdom teachers Jack Kornfield and Jon Kabat-Zinn, to Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, to Burning Man founder Larry Harvey -- the question: "What is wisdom?" Below are their answers:

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The Most Important App You Will Ever Have

(8) Comments | Posted July 30, 2011 | 11:00 AM

In our age of amazing technological advancement, where new apps are created daily and we are busier than ever, it is easy to forget the most essential app we have: our own body and mind. In fact, in a recent National Sleep Foundation study, 63 percent of Americans...

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Where Is Your Attention Most Needed?

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2011 | 10:55 AM

When I was a kid growing up in West Texas, there came a time late at night when the television screen would turn to "snow," a static display that informed the watcher that no more programs were scheduled. They were essentially saying to viewers, "We have no more content to...

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Turn the Holidays into 'Holy' Days with These Family-Bond-Building Activities

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 8:34 AM

The holiday season -- a time for family, friends, less work and more play, right? So you would think that people would be happier and more relaxed at this time, but for many it is just the opposite. It is not a time for "holy days," for true connection and...

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15 Percent of People Take Phone Calls While Having Sex! Really?

(6) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 12:05 PM

A recent study by Wilson Electronics, as reported on the social media blog Mashable, found that 15 percent of people take phone calls during sex. 15 percent! Really?

OK, there is always that few percent that will answer their phone at any time, but during sex? Please.

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A Wisdom Manifesto for Our Tech-Addicted Times

(8) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 9:37 AM

It is hard sometimes to fathom the extent our lives have changed in recent years:

  1. five years ago, engaging in social media was a fringe activity for college students and artists;
  2. families generally spent their evenings watching one screen, a TV, rather than their own individual computer screens;...
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Want to Be Happier? Pay Attention!

(127) Comments | Posted November 26, 2010 | 10:59 AM

The Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is well known for asking his students, "Why do you wash the dishes?"

If you think it is to get the dishes clean, you are mistaken.

The reason to wash the dishes is... to wash the dishes. It is to be fully...

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Eckhart Tolle: Be With What Is or Work to Change It?

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 10:23 AM


About 2,000 of us came together recently to hear Eckhart Tolle speak at the Riverside Church in Upper Manhattan. Tolle's books have sold over ten million copies, and include such bestsellers as "The Power of Now" and "A New Earth." It was a...

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Wisdom 2.0 Conference Blends Technology and Spirituality (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 1:34 PM

Last month, 350 people gathered in Silicon Valley for the first annual Wisdom 2.0 conference. Speakers ranged from Huffington Post Senior Living Editor, Alana B. Elias Kornfeld; Twitter's Chief of Technology, Greg Pass; Google's Head of Personal Growth, Meng Tan, and many others.

Below is a 6-minute video of...

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The Rise and Benefits of Mindfulness

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 8:00 AM

I just returned from a month offering mindfulness programs in Africa through the non-profit, Between Four Eyes. It may well be that in our increasingly hectic, interconnected world, it is becoming more difficult to survive without it. Mindfulness helps us, among other things, to do the following:


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The Wisdom 2.0 Conference: Merging Wisdom and Technology

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 11:45 AM

It seemed like a crazy idea when it popped into my mind two years ago: bring technology leaders together, along with people from wisdom traditions, to explore the intersection of the two.

This next weekend, however, in Silicon Valley for three days (April 30th - May 2nd) several hundred...

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Wisdom 2.0. -- The Tale of the Zen Master and the Chess Game

(10) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 10:37 AM

There once lived a young man who was very sad and unsatisfied. He went to visit a Zen temple, thinking this may help.

"You must know that I am quite useless," the boy explained upon meeting the Zen master of the temple. "I have never committed myself to anything for...

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Why HOW Matters So Much More Than WHAT

(8) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 11:31 AM

It's often the first question we ask ourselves when we wake up in the morning, "What am I going to do today?" So we make schedules, set up meetings, arrange phone conversations ... trying to make the best decisions on what to do with our time.

However, while what...

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