On April 22 one billion people celebrate the Earth Day and we invite you to join us!
To celebrate Earth and meet with leaders from around the world LCE invited more than 25 partners to co-produce a global Earth Day Summit “Living Cities - Happy Planet” - to support leaders like you.
Through joining various sessions over the three days you could meet dozens of world-class experts and outstanding action leaders, learn more about INTEGRAL CITY DEVELOPMENT and what it means to HUMAN WELL, discover and join a global project "1000 Happy Cities”, fully enjoy and benefit from more than 40 panel discussions, case studies, interviews, facilitated networking sessions and presentations of programs for leaders!
It is a truly global event with sessions in English as well as in many other Earth languages including Chinese, Hindi, Tamil, Spanish, Italian, Russian, German, Turkish, Ukrainian, Azeri, Udmurt, Dutch, Norwegian and so on.
You will leave the Summit with a new expanded vision, empowering knowledge, practical tools and methodologies, new connections and a range of learning and development opportunities.
Many sessions present exclusive content not available anywhere else, so consider this to be a not-to-be-missed event, register now and save the date!
Time of individual sessions may change. Please check the updated program before each day. Thanks!
13:00 CEST | 4:00 PDT
Islands of Calm Meditation
Marilyn Hamilton and LCE team
14:00 CEST | 5:00 PDT
"Finding your Values on a Happy Earth Day", interactive workshop
Eric Kohner, Stephanie Balzer
15:00 CEST | 6:00 PDT
LCE vision, mission + ways to collaborate with LCE
15:15 CEST | 6:15 PDT
Interview with Paul van Schaik on creating UrbanHub “Down to Earth” book
Paul van Shaik, IntegralMentors, UrbanHub
16:00 CEST | 7:00 PDT
"Spaceship Earth - a tribute to Buckminster Fuller. 100-years foresight. VUCA/BANI world. Future trends to consider", presentation
Pavel Luksha, Founder, Global Education Futures
16:30 CEST | 7:30 PDT
"Challenge of evolutionary leadership. The hero in the mirrow", interview with Pavel Luksha
Pavel Luksha, Founder, School of Evolutionary Leadership
17:00 CEST | 8:00 PDT
"What is a Happy City?", expert discussion
Marilyn Hamilton, Alexander Laszlo, Pavel Luksha, Ferial Puren, Tim Olsson + other distinguished guests ***
18:15 CEST | 9:15 PDT
"Art and Science of creating Happy Cities", discussion
Marina Demchenko, Lev Gordon
18:45 CEST | 9:45 PDT
"Inner Key to Happiness and Well-being in Cities and Organizations", presentation
19:15 CEST | 10:15 PDT
"One Planet approach to sustainable cities", interview with Pooran Desai
Pooran Desai, Guy Eames
19:45 CEST | 10:45 PDT
"How could we create 1000 Happy/Flourishing/Thriving cities together?", a spirited discussion about building a global action ecosystem
Alexander Laszlo, Lev Gordon, Marilyn Hamilton, Anneloes Smitsman, Sanford Hinden, Ferial Puren, Tim Olsson + other distinguished guests ***
21:00 CEST | 12:00 PDT
"New Developmental Frontier; A Gravesian view on climate change and other existential challenges", presentation
Said Dawlabani, founder MEMEnomics Group, author
23:45 CEST | 14:45 PDT
"Freedom to Choose", experiential workshop on trust, empathy and commuinity building
Michael Lattimore, Stephanie Balzer
Dear organisers of the Living Cities Earth,
Thank you for the invitation to join you at this important event, but as you can see, I am already on my way to some really remote Scottish islands and unable to reach out to you in a more appropriate manner.
My name is Violeta Bulc, founder and curator of the global ecocivilisation movement.
Encouraged by Alexander László , I am sharing a few of my thoughts related to the topic with you from a less professional set-up:
1.Firstly, It is time to to put at the core focus of urbanisation a better quality of life, meaning humanity and the planet Earth.
2. Secondly, urbanisation already presents over 80% of global population, in the EU that is over 65%, in the country I come from, Slovenia, urban and rural are balanced at 50 to 50% of people. Regardless of the % it is of a great importance that when we think, plan, act urban, we take a system view and think rural as well. Rural areas are where all fresh water and food come from, rural is the place where we can connect with the laws of nature and the planet Earth as a whole.
3. Last but not least, the Ecocivilisation movement is just that, a path and space for an re-integration of humanity with Nature and the Planet we call home: it is an opportunity for re-integration of humans with fellow humans again in a deep and vibrant relationship that industrial revolutions interrupted so brutally, and an opportunity for re-integration with ourselves based on the laws or nature, respect and love that virtual world is so covertly alienating on a daily basis.
I am inviting you all that when you think about living cities you think about all three worlds within which humanity is now evolving: nature 1-our Earth, nature 2-human created societies-urban areas, and Nature 3-virtual space. They all co-exist and they all meet in any type of living city concepts.
I wish you a great event and I hope to get a chance to directly engage with you soon.
With love and respect,
Founder of Ecocivilisation,
former European Commissioner and former
Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia
"If we assume that the next stage in human evolution is collective intelligence, then Living Cities are the natural incubators we need."
What is LCE?Living Cities Earth is a global bottom-up movement based on integral approach and dedicated to creating conditions for people in 10.000 cities worldwide to live healthier happier lives in harmony with each other and with nature. The power of LCE lies in people and communication, wisdom and practical knowledge, partnerships and cooperation — and in our ability to create impact by combining all these. We aim at growing a global impact-community of 1 million change leaders from 10.000 cities who in turn influence lives of 8 billion people as well as all life on Earth.
What makes LCE different?As many wonderful organizations worldwide LCE is a force for good. Even more, it is a force for conscious evolution of humanity. There are 7 distinct features to consider: 1. Big Dream and Unshakeable Intent. 2. Bottom-up. 3. Scale. 4. Impact. 5. Integral approach. 6. Interconnected living systems. 7. Infinite source of power, energy and inspiration. 1. Big Dream: we believe that the future is bright and beautiful and as we build our thriving future together each person and each city can be fully alive despite various challenges that we may face on personal, local, regional and global scale. The purpose of humanity is to support evolution of consciousness and life on Earth and on cosmic scale. We believe that each person’s life has a meaning and all of humanity’s existence has a purpose - to co-create, to love and to evolve. So we take all life’s circumstances as a way to wake up, clean up, grow up and show up - to take care of ourselves, our communities, our places, all people and all life on Earth. We live in cities and villages around the world, but united as one human family we feel that Earth is our precious home and we intend to use our power to create positive change on a planetary scale. Change that leads to thriving civilization conducive to evolution of life. 2. Bottom-up: LCE is a self-organized bottom-up values-based and purpose-centered movement open to cooperation with all likeminded people, organizations and evolutionary communities. We are free in our actions and have no hidden agendas, do not depend on election cycles and have no-one to report to except our conscience and inner truth. This provides us with inner drive and unshakeable intent to do our best in realizing our Big Dream. We bring together dreamers and doers, scientists and city managers, entrepreneurs and educators, activators and communicators, people with life-long experience and young people who together lead LCE into the bright future we all envision. 3. Scale: from the very beginning LCE is aiming at supporting 10.000 cities worldwide in their conscious transition to a sustainable and regenerative development, flourishing of human potential and thriving ecosystems. To reach this scale we rely on partnership with global, regional and local organizations and communities, networks and movements with similar values and objectives. And on building and nurturing a global community of about 1 million change leaders who could complement, inspire and reinforce each other in building the thriving future for 8 billion people and all life on Earth. 4. Impact. Our approach is to connect Sky and Earth, strategic and tactical, grand schemes and practical steps. We rely on CAPI (coalescing authority, power and influence) to create results. We develop integral metrics for measuring impact of our actions on both current life conditions in the cities and on the planet and we also look for ways to consider our impact on the next 7 generations. Through our thoughts, speech and actions we aim at creating a positive lasting measurable impact on lives of people, places, ecosystems and all life on Earth. 5. Integral approach: to find most effective ways to reach our goals we use integral approach to analyze situations and design our strategies and actions. We use the power of science, insights and tools from the systems theory, integral theory, theory of functional systems, chaos theory and other bodies of knowledge to build comprehensive solutions and to unlock the power that lies within all complex living systems. 6. Interconnected living systems: we see cities as complex living systems intricately connected with living systems on a smaller and larger scales. Quality of life in a city depends on quality of people and communities who inhabit, design and lead city development. Each person, family and community are, in turn, also complex living systems. On the other side of a spectrum, a city is connected with its bio-region as well as other cities and macro-regions and ultimately with the planet as a whole. We see all these as fractals and to improve life on a city scale we need to work with all living systems connected to it. For example, in supporting city evolution we deal with individual’s awareness, believes, education, lifestyle, behaviors, as well as with collective agreements, social norms, traditions and cultures, and also with systems, processes and infrastructure. Each living system has several key layers - physical form, subtle energy, identity, intelligence, soul and spirit. To help each living system be fully alive we need to work with all these layers. And we know how to do it. As you dive deeper into this world you could also discover and unlock infinite power to change things for the better. And, perhaps, to establish a direct connection with Earth itself as a living planet and home to all life forms. 7. Infinite source of energy, inspiration and power: at LCE we are lucky to have a trusted strategic partner - Life itself. Life is a combination and interplay of energy and consciousness. So having a direct awareness and access to Life’s energy provides us with infinite source of energy, inspiration and power for our activities. This is real, precious and available to all of us.
Who are the co-founders of LCE?Currently LCE Founding Circle includes about 30 co-founders from 18 countries and the circle is fast growing to include in a year about 100 world-class change leaders and outstanding experts united by one vision. Among co-founders are integral thinkers and architects, citmakers and educators, UN experts and advisors to national and local governments, eco-activists and representatives of indigenous people, social entrepreneurs and investors, global community leaders and media producers as well as other leaders from all walks of life. We are very different in or skills and experience, yet all share common values, can-do attitude and unshakeable believe in the power of humanity to build thriving future for all life in Earth.
How to join the Founding Circle?If you feel like you should be among us please explore our Manifesto, Unitive Narrative, consider what contribution you’d like to make and then contact us to discuss your interest! As a standard rule, to ensure the quality of our core team, a candidate needs recommendations from two current co-founders to join the circle. Then you would go through an onboarding process to best integrate and become a productive member of our growing community.
What is a Living CityIn simple terms, a Living City is a place where you feel free to create and fully alive, full of love and energy, where you want to belong and where you feel drawn to when being away. A Living City has a vibrant community of citizens, a clear shared vision of its future, empowering identity, effective systems and creates conditions conducive to life for its citizens, guests and to larger ecosystems where it belongs.
Why 10.000 cities?According to statistics, today there are 10.000 cities on our planet. This is a natural network of people, communities and places that span the globe and could cooperate and evolve together. We are currently collecting a database of local leaders and city administrators in 10.000 cities to organize information exchange, networking, education, to run network projects and facilitate resource sharing and positive change in all cities on Earth. Let us know if you could help!
What is an integral approach?Integral or systems or holistic approach is a way to see phenomena from all possible perspectives and to deal with any situation in the most effective way possible. In simple terms integral approach suggests that in analyzing and dealing with any issue we should take into consideration its various aspects to have a complete understanding of it. This also helps in finding most effective ways to achieve goals and realize systemic change. Integral approach to city development, for example, suggests that we see city as a complex living ecosystem that includes multiple dimensions: people, communities, culture, communications, administration, technologies, infrastructure, resources, bio-region, etc. To improve the quality of life in a city we would need to consider and work on various levels of complexity - personal, collective, systemic and eco-systemic.
Why use integral approach?Considering and influencing all aspects of life in the cities provides access to more resources, creates more awareness, more leverage, more synergy and more impact. Visionary and effective change leaders of all times intuitively used integral approach of some sort to create most positive impact in the societies and eco-systems they served. Using the science and the art of integral action you could develop your integral leadership capacity - as a person, as an organization, as a community, as a city - to achieve most sustainable, regenerative and profound impact. You could read more about Integral approach in general through books and articles of Ken Wilber, Sri Aurobindo, a well as other leaders of integral community including Marilyn Hamilton in her series of books “Integral City”.
What are other ideas and concepts are related to LCE?Among key concepts related to LCE are: integral city development, sustainable development, regenerative economy, circular economy, doughnut economy, ESG, social entrepreneurship, human rights, animal rights, eco-movements, holistic education, lifelong education, integral personal development, adult development, humanistic psychology, system science, whole-systems design.
Where is LCE registered and headquartered?LCE is a decentralized self-organized global community of change leaders, experts and activators from all continents active 24/24 — around the clock and around the globe. For legal purposes Living Cities Earth Association is registered as a non-for-profit organization in Switzerland. To reflect our focus on supporting integral development in human habitats of various types we plan to have several HQ’s around the globe — including: - HQ in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) — a global innovative city that sets the standard in many areas of human life, social, ecosystemic and city development, - HQ in Findhorn (Scotland, UK) — an oldest intentional community and eco-village in Europe exploring ways to live in harmony with nature and with one another, - HQ in Nuanu (Bali, Indonesia) — a brand new values-driven community committed to facilitating transformation on a global scale.