EnlightenNext to Host A Worldwide Virtual Conversation on Saturday

Technology connects spiritual leaders Cohen, Chopra, and more with thousands worldwide

LENOX, Mass./Worldwide - For its first-ever day-long virtual seminar, EnlightenNext has posted a graphic of a spinning globe online; one that will soon light up with bright red pinpoints, representing more than 10,000 participants around the world as they engage in one conversation.

The Evolutionary Worldview virtual seminar is a one-day colloquium exploring how individuals around the world can affect change, particularly in relation to environmentalism, gender equity, and other topical issues. Scheduled for Saturday, May 15th, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, the seminar will be led by Andrew Cohen, Founder of EnlightenNext and Editor in Chief of EnlightenNext magazine, and include appearances by philosopher Ken Wilber, Marilyn Schlitz, Brian Swimme, and Deepak Chopra. EnlightenNext magazine's Executive Editor Carter Phipps and Senior Editors Ross Robertson and Dr. Elizabeth Debold will lead various topical discussions throughout the day.

Debold, who also wrote the New York Times best-seller Mother Daughter Revolution: From Good Girls to Great Women, explained that the seminar has been designed to address the pressing issues of the day, but to also spur conversations regarding how the global community can face these issues, grow, and evolve.

"The Evolutionary Worldview virtual seminar is designed as a one-day intensive inquiry into an emerging new perspective that can transform how we understand who we are and what our purpose is," says Debold, "as well as guide us in moving forward as individuals and as a culture."

The Evolutionary Worldview website will serve as a dedicated hub of activity for the day, allowing participants to use live chat to communicate with each other and ask questions of the seminar leaders. Plus, more than 50 house parties are being held for groups to participate together around the globe from Boise, Idaho to Jaffa, Israel, in order to foster a global-minded sense of community. Those in attendance will post photos, videos, and insight on the site throughout and following the event, and seminar participants, including members of EnlightenNext magazine's senior editorial team, will further expand the conversation by live-Tweeting throughout the event, answering questions, and sharing information gleaned from the seminar.

Cohen, who founded EnlightenNext in 1988 and will speak during the seminar, explained further that the `Evolutionary Worldview' is a response to our fast-changing times, fueled by an increasingly global society.

"All human beings are interpreting their experience in some kind of context, giving their lives meaning in relationship to the larger world," he says. "In the past, people found a higher context in the structures of the family, the tribe, the nation, or the religious traditions. But many of us at the leading edge of development today find that we can no longer look to these cultural values to help us make sense of the human experience. The challenges we face today are literally forcing us to find a new worldview, a new way to orient ourselves to the experience of being alive."

For more information, visit enlightennext.org or evolutionaryworldview.com to register.

About EnlightenNext
Founded in 1988 by Andrew Cohen, EnlightenNext is a global 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Lenox, Mass. Its principles are centered on the concept of Evolutionary Enlightenment, which aims to pair spiritual values and individual responsibility with the contemporary concerns of today's world through events, educational courses, and publications. EnlightenNext has additional locations in New York, Boston, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Copenhagen and a membership base spanning 20 countries. It also has an ongoing slate of international events and conferences that are designed to help individuals directly participate in both personal and cultural evolution, and has published EnlightenNext magazine since 1992, which is now offered in five languages.