06/26/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Wisdom 2.0 Conference: Merging Wisdom and Technology

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 people will gather for the first annual Wisdom 2.0 Conference. The first two days will be at the Computer History Museum, with the third day, an unconference day, held at Google's corporate headquarters in Mountain View.

It is by most estimates an odd group to bring together ... the Vice President of Engineering at Twitter, the Vice President of Products at Google, along with a Zen teacher, and editors from the Huffington Post and the popular social media blog, Mashable.

The subject: the intersection of wisdom and technology. How do we live wisely in a modern or 2.0 world, and at the same time how do we engage and use all the great technologies of our day, from cell phones to social networks?


I think if you ask people what they truly want: sure, they may like to own all the cool gadgets and toys of our age, or be tremendously popular on Facebook or Twitter, but deep down they want to live with meaning and purpose. The challenge, of course, is not just to live a modern or 2.0 life, but to live a wise and meaningful one.

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