day 1

Zooming: an Interactive Guide

13:30 - 15:00
A training session for anyone that is not yet comfortable on zoom.
You will learn how to:
-Change your name
-non verbal reactions
-Join breakout rooms
-Move breakout rooms
-Unmute yourself
-Mute yourself
-Turn on your webcam
-use the chat
-Additional information on other google docs/slides that will be used in some IF sessions
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opening ceremony

15:30 - 17:00
Let us come together and celebrate the opening of Initiative Forum 2021! You will have the opportunity to meet YIP13 in various artistic ways and get a first picture of the flow of the following days as well as do our first deep dive into “ARE YOU LISTENING?”. There will be song, movement and a lot of warm welcoming and smiling faces.
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connecting to the forum community

15:30 - 17:00
After the Opening Ceremony come join us to hear more about the upcoming week, set intentions, and connect with the forum community. Here you’ll also have an opportunity to ponder some questions regarding the theme of the forum and engage in dialogue with other other forum participants
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listening to creative expression

20:00 - 21:30
Lynn Ostermann A workshop based on the influence of listening on the creative process. Lynn has prepared some Avant-garde concepts to share in hopes to connect the audience with their own inner artist. There are a few things the audience is invited to bring -Favorite art supplies. -Watercolor or ballpoint pen and any paper -Music will be provided however we encourage those who’d like to vibe to their own tastes.
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R U LISTENING live Radio

20:00 - 21:30
Tune into the R U LISTENING FM radio hour to hang out with fellow participants while listening to stellar tunes and live podcast episodes! Your dj UV-RAY will be spinning playlists with themes such as, ‘soundtracks for social change’, ‘around the world in 15 songs’, and ‘hidden gems - music by IF participants’... so send in your music submissions to [email protected] Streaming through zoom, our radio show is the perfect soundtrack for cooking dinner, home-alone dance parties, or unwinding at the end of the day.
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day 2

movement

07:30 - 08:30
Movement is a playful exploration of your body, mind and soul through physicality. It is not any known sport, but it incorporates various athletic disciplines, namely somatic, martial arts, dance, acrobatics and object manipulation. Everyone can do it, and the motivation is to be a better mover and keep practicing with a beginner's mindset. It is not easy to explain movement shortly, and it is way better to experience it. Therefore come to morning movement, and you will discover new ways to move through the world, challenge what your body is capable of doing and HAVE FUN while doing it!
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Sharing Groups

09:30 - 10:30
Sharing Groups are at the core of our experience in YIP. We are so happy to create such a space with you in the Initiative forum. Sharing Groups, also called check-in groups are a safe space where you are invited to speak from your heart and listen with full attention. At the initiative forum you get the opportunity to be in a small group of around 5 people, hosted by a Yippie, where you can share how you are and what is alive in you. This half an hour time embraces the theme of 'are you listening', as it is a space where you can connect to yourself and others! It is different being online and we are open to explore sharing a safe space while all being at different places on this beautiful earth.
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Redefining Value

11:00- 12:30
The lecture with Theo Fischer will tackle the theme of value. In our current capitalist economic system the tendency is that money is omnipresent and that it is defining what is valuable. But, is money in itself that important? What importance should we give to money? What do we actually value? These are some questions that Theo wants to explore in an interactive and participatory way.
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world café

13:30 - 15:00
In this session we invite you to dive deeper into the question of what we are valuing in the world right now and how it affects us. Through this we want to explore the Art of Hosting method of a “World Café” to discuss the implications that our values have in our lives. This session will open the space for different views and experiences to look at the collective impact of our individual values. What do we value? What implication does this have on our lives? How does this influence the future? We will meet all together and break up in smaller groups to have discussions and discover more questions we can hold with us over the following days.
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connecting to land as an individual

15:30 - 16:30
content will come.
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Deep Time Walk

15:30 - 17:00
After all this screen time you need to take a break and go outside? With the deep time walk we are offering you the possibility to have a meaningful, thought-provoking outdoor experience. You will be invited to walk 4.6km in memory of earth’s 4600 million year history whilst listening to her evolution. This will be facilitated by the App “Deep Time Walk: Earth History” and it is a great opportunity to physically realize our impact as human beings on our planet. For that activity you need a device on which you can download (beforehand) the “Deep Time Walk: Earth History” available on the Play store and App store.
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Learning About Performance VS Impact: Activism Beyond Trending Moments and Hashtags

17:30 - 18:30
During this session, Nora Rahimian, creative consultant and co-founder of #CultureFix, will bring us a workshop on how we, as individuals, artists, or entrepreneurs, move beyond performance “activism” and towards making a real impact in our communities. In this workshop we will be exploring questions such as, “what is the difference between “performance” and “impact” in the context of activism? How can one use their platform, or personal network, to actively dismantle systems of oppression and catalyze real change?
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Interactive Cooking Show

18:00 - 19:00
Managing Director of SEKEM "I love working on a Mission Impossible!" Helmy Abouleish, born on July 28th in Graz, studied business administration and marketing in Cairo. As the son of SEKEM founder Ibrahim Abouleish, he is deeply connected to the development of SEKEM. SEKEM has been promoting sustainable development in the areas of ecology, economy, society and culture since 1977. SEKEM Holding produces, processes and markets biodynamic food, textiles and pharmaceuticals in Egypt and on international markets and operates various educational institutions. In addition to his work as managing director of SEKEM Holding, Helmy Abouleish is involved in national and international politics for responsible competitiveness, social entrepreneurship and the fight against the major problems of the 21st century, such as climate change and food security. Under his leadership, the SEKEM initiative was awarded the “Right Livelihood Award 2003”, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. Helmy Abouleish is currently CEO of SEKEM Holding as well as the SEKEM Initiative and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development. He is also a member of various international organizations and bodies, such as Fair Trade USA. In 2017 he became a council member of the World Future Council and NAP champion for adaptation to climate change. Helmy Abouleish has been President of Demeter International since June 2018.
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Sharing Groups

19:00 - 19:40
Sharing Groups are at the core of our experience in YIP. We are so happy to create such a space with you in the Initiative forum. Sharing Groups, also called check-in groups are a safe space where you are invited to speak from your heart and listen with full attention. At the initiative forum you get the opportunity to be in a small group of around 5 people, hosted by a Yippie, where you can share how you are and what is alive in you. This half an hour time embraces the theme of 'are you listening', as it is a space where you can connect to yourself and others! It is different being online and we are open to explore sharing a safe space while all being at different places on this beautiful earth.
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open mic

20:00 - 21:30
Gather round musicians and poets, dancers, dreamers, drummers and dragons! All are encouraged to come and share at our Open Mic, hosted by the YIP13 arts & culture team. It will be a night of community, art, and inspiration, featuring surprise special guests! See you there 🙂
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day 3

movement

07:30 - 08:30
Movement is a playful exploration of your body, mind and soul through physicality. It is not any known sport, but it incorporates various athletic disciplines, namely somatic, martial arts, dance, acrobatics and object manipulation. Everyone can do it, and the motivation is to be a better mover and keep practicing with a beginner's mindset. It is not easy to explain movement shortly, and it is way better to experience it. Therefore come to morning movement, and you will discover new ways to move through the world, challenge what your body is capable of doing and HAVE FUN while doing it!
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Sharing Groups evening

09:30 - 10:30
Sharing Groups are at the core of our experience in YIP. We are so happy to create such a space with you in the Initiative forum. Sharing Groups, also called check-in groups are a safe space where you are invited to speak from your heart and listen with full attention. At the initiative forum you get the opportunity to be in a small group of around 5 people, hosted by a Yippie, where you can share how you are and what is alive in you. This half an hour time embraces the theme of 'are you listening', as it is a space where you can connect to yourself and others! It is different being online and we are open to explore sharing a safe space while all being at different places on this beautiful earth.
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Weaving a Non-Gendered Feminist Reality

13:30 - 15:00
In this workshop Hazel Archer-Ginsberg will lead us threw an inspiring, encouraging deep dive into the topic of the Divine Feminine by sharing her knowledge and opening up a space for reflexion around these questions: What are the qualities of the Divine Feminine? How can we use them to empower an innovative way of thinking, feeling & willing, to create a new world, where the human being is free? Everyone is welcome to join this interactive workshop to explore how a non-gendered feminist reality could look like.
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Transforming Institutional to Sacred

15:30 - 17:00
content will come.
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Connection Cafe

15:30 - 17:00
A fun and playful way to meet and connect with other participants! Conversations will be sparked by different questions – participants will then be paired up randomly and invited to talk on the question with their partner. There will be several rounds with different questions so you will have the opportunity to meet and connect with lots of wonderful beings! Use the questions to spark conversation or decide to have an open chat with your partner. If you want more opportunities to meet participants outside of the lectures and workshops you can also hang out in our Wonder room which is open 24/7. Click here to find out more
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Practicing the Language of Listening: A workshop on transforming the dominant narrative by honoring our story

17:30 - 18:30
Lead by the intuitive Frank Escamilia, also known as the Bus Stop Prophet, this session will combine a lecture and workshop format focusing more on talking with you than to you. During this session, he will touch on the importance of honouring where everyone is at and explore how to recognize the opportunity to listen with the possibility to practice this capacity. One aspect of this will include the practice of cultivating intentional questions that will allow you to develop and expand these abilities.
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Interactive Cooking Show

18:00 - 19:00
Managing Director of SEKEM "I love working on a Mission Impossible!" Helmy Abouleish, born on July 28th in Graz, studied business administration and marketing in Cairo. As the son of SEKEM founder Ibrahim Abouleish, he is deeply connected to the development of SEKEM. SEKEM has been promoting sustainable development in the areas of ecology, economy, society and culture since 1977. SEKEM Holding produces, processes and markets biodynamic food, textiles and pharmaceuticals in Egypt and on international markets and operates various educational institutions. In addition to his work as managing director of SEKEM Holding, Helmy Abouleish is involved in national and international politics for responsible competitiveness, social entrepreneurship and the fight against the major problems of the 21st century, such as climate change and food security. Under his leadership, the SEKEM initiative was awarded the “Right Livelihood Award 2003”, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. Helmy Abouleish is currently CEO of SEKEM Holding as well as the SEKEM Initiative and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development. He is also a member of various international organizations and bodies, such as Fair Trade USA. In 2017 he became a council member of the World Future Council and NAP champion for adaptation to climate change. Helmy Abouleish has been President of Demeter International since June 2018.
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Sharing Groups evening

19:00 - 19:40
Sharing Groups are at the core of our experience in YIP. We are so happy to create such a space with you in the Initiative forum. Sharing Groups, also called check-in groups are a safe space where you are invited to speak from your heart and listen with full attention. At the initiative forum you get the opportunity to be in a small group of around 5 people, hosted by a Yippie, where you can share how you are and what is alive in you. This half an hour time embraces the theme of 'are you listening', as it is a space where you can connect to yourself and others! It is different being online and we are open to explore sharing a safe space while all being at different places on this beautiful earth.
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Pajama Party

20:00 - 21:30
Whether it is early in the morning or evening you can bring your pajamas, minky blankets, pillows and everything that will make you feel warm and snug. As a participant, the Pajama Party is the ULTIMATE SLEEPOVER where you can have random conversations about some of the topics that have intrigued you during the Initiative Forum. Bring a friend, and a friend of a friend!
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day 4

movement

07:30 - 08:30
Movement is a playful exploration of your body, mind and soul through physicality. It is not any known sport, but it incorporates various athletic disciplines, namely somatic, martial arts, dance, acrobatics and object manipulation. Everyone can do it, and the motivation is to be a better mover and keep practicing with a beginner's mindset. It is not easy to explain movement shortly, and it is way better to experience it. Therefore come to morning movement, and you will discover new ways to move through the world, challenge what your body is capable of doing and HAVE FUN while doing it!
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Sharing Groups

09:30 - 10:30
Sharing Groups are at the core of our experience in YIP. We are so happy to create such a space with you in the Initiative forum. Sharing Groups, also called check-in groups are a safe space where you are invited to speak from your heart and listen with full attention. At the initiative forum you get the opportunity to be in a small group of around 5 people, hosted by a Yippie, where you can share how you are and what is alive in you. This half an hour time embraces the theme of 'are you listening', as it is a space where you can connect to yourself and others! It is different being online and we are open to explore sharing a safe space while all being at different places on this beautiful earth.
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Discussing the Limits and Possibilities of Connecting Through Screens: The Pink Elephant in the Zoom Room

11:00 - 12:30
content will come.
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Understanding the Economy of Love

13:30 - 15:00
In his lecture Helmy Abouleish will present an alternative, ethical and fair way to do business: the Economy of Love. As it is part of his life’s work, Helmy will, in an interactive manner, present the four interconnected pillars that constitute the Economy of Love. These are: Environment, Society, Economy and Culture. As Helmy is the CEO of Sekem, an Egyptian initiative living up to the Economy of Love, this lecture will merge theory with practice.
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Centering Indigenous Narratives in Our Collective Healing

15:30 - 17:00
For this panel we will be joined by Diane Longboat and Anne Poelina to discuss the importance of reconnecting spiritually with the land and its original peoples in order to heal social, economic, and climate injustice. In this discussion we will be exploring questions such as, “What is the story indigenous narratives tell about the land and how does this story influence the relationship with How might finding our own inner divinity connect us more deeply to the spirit of all beings?”
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Deepening our Understanding of Collective Healing

17:30 - 18:30
following the discussion to give space for the participants to digest and discuss the rich and profound message they received from your words during the panel in the slot before. We believe it is very important for the participants to have time and space to process such an experience as you will be creating with this conversation.
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Interactive Cooking Show

18:00 - 19:00
Managing Director of SEKEM "I love working on a Mission Impossible!" Helmy Abouleish, born on July 28th in Graz, studied business administration and marketing in Cairo. As the son of SEKEM founder Ibrahim Abouleish, he is deeply connected to the development of SEKEM. SEKEM has been promoting sustainable development in the areas of ecology, economy, society and culture since 1977. SEKEM Holding produces, processes and markets biodynamic food, textiles and pharmaceuticals in Egypt and on international markets and operates various educational institutions. In addition to his work as managing director of SEKEM Holding, Helmy Abouleish is involved in national and international politics for responsible competitiveness, social entrepreneurship and the fight against the major problems of the 21st century, such as climate change and food security. Under his leadership, the SEKEM initiative was awarded the “Right Livelihood Award 2003”, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. Helmy Abouleish is currently CEO of SEKEM Holding as well as the SEKEM Initiative and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development. He is also a member of various international organizations and bodies, such as Fair Trade USA. In 2017 he became a council member of the World Future Council and NAP champion for adaptation to climate change. Helmy Abouleish has been President of Demeter International since June 2018.
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Party

20:00 - 21:00
Come get your groove on at 2021’s funkiest function yet! Radio show host dj UV-RAY and LeekMan are collaborating to host a night that promises laughter, community building, and tunes that will make you break a sweat on the dancefloor. The LeekMan legend was born at last year’s Initiative Forum online party… anything is possible! Join us and you might make history!
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day 5

Reflection

09:30 - 10:30
After the framing of the day we offer you a time of reflection, stillness and thoughtfulness. We will give you two reflection questions and let you off to go on a solo walk to ponder over the questions or journal to detangle your thoughts.
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Sparking Ideas and Conversations: An Open Space to bring your Questions and Musings

11:00 - 12:30
Open Space Technology is a powerful group process that enables groups of all sizes to brainstorm creative solutions to complex issues in a short period of time. In this session, you will have the opportunity to host a conversation of your choice, or join a conversation hosted by a fellow participant. OST is a tool commonly used in ‘The Art Of Hosting’ methodology, and encourages collaborative and creative problem solving. Bring your questions, curiosity, and thinking caps to this session!
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Collaborating and Collective Envisioning: A Project Lab

13:30 - 15:00
Proaction cafe is a model designed to help people with early-stage ideas and initiatives receive feedback, critique, and collective wisdom from others. If you have a project or vision you would like to bring to the group, email us [email protected] and the yippie hosts of this session will reach out to you! As a participant of this session, you will choose to meet with a ‘project holder’ to help them envision possibilities and brainstorm practicalities!
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Closing Ceremony

15:30 - 16:15
After having spent almost 5 days together imagining our future into reality and connecting with each other, with the closing ceremony we are going to round up the entire event. The purpose is to put in the world the bundled and condensed energy from the forum.
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