Revision 1.0 – How to Cultivate Empathy in uncertain times?

World Religion has been mostly excluded from the technology discussion so far. But how much do the different Religions, mostly based on ideas of community, interconnection and empathy have in common with the ways we celebrate technology?

Both are often based on devotion and various practices and rituals. Addressing the common grounds we ask what is needed to cultivate empathy and understanding in our uncertain times.


Krisha Kops’ work focuses in the following order on philosophy, politics and culture. Thereby, he often attempts to find a connection between the academic world and those who are interested, even though they might not be too familiar with it. His aim is to approach topics from an intercultural point of view, with special emphasis on “Indian” and “Western philosophy” (please apologize for the crude simplification).

He studied Philosophy (BA) and Journalism (MA) at London and Westminster University. At the moment he is writing his Ph.D. in intercultural philosophy about the modern philosophical receptions of the Bhagavad Gītā at the University of Hildesheim. His English journalistic work appeared predominantly in Times of India, Deutsche Welle (English), and Fountain Ink; his German work in Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine, Hohe Luft, Psychologie Heute, Deutsche Welle (German) etc. In addition, he gives speaches and workshops on philosophical topics.


Petros Byansi Byakuleka

Activist for refugee rights, Ausstellung “Wearebornfree! Medi-A-rtivism”

Sonam Gonpo, Dr.

Lharam Geshe, 1st rank, of Buddhist Philosophy

Liam Kavanagh

Liam Kavanagh is Director of research at Art Earth Tech, an organisation for people seeking a wiser world. Members are engaged in social change, and the Art Earth Tech’s research exists to help create shared vision to bind together their work. AET’s research draws from the developing science of the mind, as well as ancient philosophies and contemplative traditions, and applies these perspectives to social, cultural, and technological questions. Some themes of research are identifying barriers to collective wisdom especially as regards environmental issues, realism about the ability of technology to solve social problems, and shifting societal focus to radical well-being.

Liam worked as an economic and development policy researcher in the US and Africa before completing a PhD in Cognitive Science and Social Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. His scientific work is focused on embodied cognition, cognitive dissonance, and unconscious behaviour. He also is a devoted meditator, and organizes meditation retreats for scientists and educators and dialogues between Buddhist monks and scientists on the subject of suffering. The AET Research Institute, founded in 2017 has in its short time received a Rockefeller Foundation Grant for Research, and collaborated with the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) in Paris, The London School of Economics, and the Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Centre in Bergerac, France.

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