(in an insane world)
Globalization, the gig economy, the dawning age of the machine — most of us feel overwhelmed by ever faster changing times. Despite the popular receipes — think positive, optimize yourself, care for yourself — most are still struggling. In moments of truth, most people describe themselves as exhausted, anxious and out of control.
Instead of looking for external acceptance and salvation, the alternative solution is in ourselves. According to the timeless reflections of the Stoic philosophers, duty, virtue, compassion, and reason (currently not very popular concepts) lead to a fulfilled and happy life.
The more than 2,000-year-old school of philosophic practice of the Stoics helped its disciples to live and thrive during the most tumultuous times of history. Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius — these exceptional thinkers forged their philosophy in practice to survive the pressures of their times to stay human and just. We will transfer this timeless wisdom directly to our life by practicing their exercises to create inner stability, building and serving communities and growing as human beings.
The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session
- Meet Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca and practice their most useful exercises!
- Discover the timeless principles of one of the most potent schools of thought in practice and learn to apply them to your life
- Learn how to face reality and gain control of your own life and feelings, even in the face of adverse circumstances
To the annoyance of his teachers, Jens has been a critical, independent and integrative thinker since being a kid. Due to a childhood spent in libraries, nature, and hospitals, he learned very early how to learn on his own, drag himself out of misery and to take the fate into his own hands.
Being a father and serial entrepreneur, Jens is finding a lot of opportunities to practice the art of constant failure, learning, and improving. He has a lot of fun experimenting with new concepts and approaches to business and life. His life is a quest to find powerful questions and surprising answers.
To support his Socratic style of inquiry he has studied and practices Dialogue, Scenario Management, Storytelling, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and Business Coaching. He works with global clients in Germany, Europe, the Middle East and India on diverse topics as Business Strategy, Identity, and Cyber Security.
This is Jens’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.
- Biodanza or wabi dancing (Sophie Harvey)
- Boardroom Bushcraft How to thrive in any environment (Peter Zapf)
- Bouffon for Presenters (Massimo Agostinelli)
- Branding Boot Camp Bigger, better branding (Janet Rouss)
- The Convergence Challenge Navigating the emotional potholes of decision-making (Ismet Mamnoon)
- Creativity Beyond “A-ha!” (Dan Bigonesse, Katie Tagye)
- Cryptocurrencies Playing with the chain of trust (James McAnanama)
- Dash It Weh How to release your stuff and embrace the perfection of your imperfection (Marguerite Orane)
- Deep Listening Sonic awareness meditation (Paul Groncki)
- Elements of Creativity Tapping into natural elements to inspire our creative selves (Susannah Childers)
- Facilitating Impossible People Strategies to handle difficult personalities (Dawn DePasquale)
- Flower-up Your Process! Warning, this session is experimental. (Alexandre Eisenchteter)
- Game On! (Sharon Fisher)
- Gender Role Reversal What daily life really feels like for the opposite sex (Susan Robertson)
- Glimpses Exploring deeper realities (William Sturner)
- The Good, the Bad, and the Funny Celebrating perfect imperfection (Alison Cohen, Megan Mitchell)
- Grow | Transform | Emerge (Ana Matic, Goran Matic)
- Mirror, Mirror Feedback for creativity and change (John Sedgwick)
- The Museum of Me (Lisa Baxter)
- Objects of Genius Unleash creative genius with an apple and a chair (Philippe Brasseur)
- Out-of-the-Box Persona Crack your personality shell to build better relationships (Julia Zarina)
- Pages to Color (Emily White)
- Play with Ambiguity How might PLAY make more of our potential when facing complexity and uncertainty? (Katrin Elster)
- The Power of Power Learning to facilitate from positions of privilege or power (Robert Wakulat, Denise Pinto)
- Preach it! Applying the primal wisdom of preaching and storytelling to your presentations and talks (Allan Cole)
- Raising Individual Resilience Adapting to change (Deborah Jann, Giselle Kovary)
- Restore Repair an object, repair your soul (Leonardo Muñoz)
- Shower Thinking An Introduction to the art, science, and process of incubation (Clare Dus, Kristen Peterson)
- Simply Drawing (Kaz Ogino)
- Stay Sane (in an insane world) (Jens Hoffmann)
- Stimulocity Using expressive arts as stimulus for creation (Lee Kitchen, Terri Segal)
- Stop Selling Solar Panels Your customers don’t care about your products or services (Yoel Kluk)
- Threads An intuitive game that reveals our connections with self, others and universal energy (Karen Rudolf)
- The Wabi-Sabi Brain Or how to love the perfectly imperfect mind (Marc Hurwitz)
- Wabi-Sabi Conversation (Newell Eaton, Allie Middleton)
- Wabi-Sabi Poutine Can interculturality be a part of the challenge? (Jerome Faytre)
- Word Up! Clear language that inspires (Emily Nichols, Lee Kitchen)
- Writing the Vignette A first step in memoir writing (Michelle Tokarczyk)
- Yes, And … No, But (Janeen Halliwell, Paul Fleming)
- Your Magical Journey Experiencing the art and practice of magic (Bruce Baum)
- …or why not just hop to another random session?