On May 18th and 19th, 2019, we will be holding our first annual 2-day AWAKENED FUTURES SUMMIT at the intersection of psychedelics, technology and meditation. Together we will explore how the renaissance of psychedelic science and the mainstreaming of contemplative practices might combine with the latest transformative technologies to create the next paradigm of healing and awakening.
For millennia, humans have used ancient technologies like meditation and psychedelic medicine to expand their consciousness, support healing and facilitate deep personal and collective transformation. As we continue to expand our technological capacities in the modern age, new tools for transformation are being birthed.
We’re bringing together visionaries, teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs at the leading-edge to explore the integration points between these domains. We will be investigating questions such as:
What are the potential implications of scalable and universally accessible technologies that are as potent as peak psychedelic experiences or thousands of hours of meditation?
How can psychedelics, tech and meditation be combined to create totally new transformative tools leveraging the best of each?
What can we learn from the current landscape of psychedelic research and therapy to better design and administer transformative technologies?
Could modern tech ever replace organic molecules and traditional practices as a means of shifting consciousness?
What are the ethical considerations and risks of these developments?
How do we preserve the wisdom of the ancient traditions as we move forward into an uncertain and technologically-enhanced future?
This will not be your typical conference, but a participatory and interactive learning and sharing experience. Building off the success of our Crypto-Consciousness Conference last year and four years of unique event production, our intention is to facilitate deep, meaningful connection and conversation between speakers and attendees. In addition to speaker presentations, the event will feature a variety of panels, un-panels, breakout sessions, small discussion groups, and plenty of opportunities to engage directly with speakers. Each morning will begin with a guided ceremony combining meditation with mind altering tech, and a mood altering substance (aka cacao). Saturday night bring your dancing shoes - we'll be going late with live music, DJ, and good times.
Consciousness Hacking is a global community exploring how technology can be a catalyst for psychological, emotional and spiritual flourishing. With over 40 chapters around the world, we create a diverse offering of events and media content with the most important voices in the space. We believe that by uniting the power of modern technology with the wisdom of ancient contemplative traditions, we can support genuine human connection, transformation and awakening. Learn more at www.cohack.life.
Adam Gazzaley, M.D. Ph.D
Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UCSF; Founder & Executive Director, Neuroscape
Dr. Adam Gazzaley is a professor in neurology, physiology and psychiatry at the UCSF. He is the founder and executive director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology creation and scientific research. He is also the co-founder and chief science advisor of Akili Interactive Labs, a company developing therapeutic video games, and co-founder and chief scientist of JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance. Dr. Gazzaley has filed multiple patents for his inventions, authored over 130 scientific articles, and delivered over 600 invited presentations around the world.
Bashar Badran, Ph.D
Neuroscientist; Founder, Bodhi NeuroTech
Dr. Bashar Badran earned his Ph.D in neuroscience from the Medical University of South Carolina, and is faculty in the Brain Stimulation Divisionof the MUSC Department of Psychiatry in Charleston, SC. Dr. Badran is an expert in invasive and non-invasive neuromodulation techniques, specifically transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders and vagus nerve stimulation to augment human performance. He is the inventor of E-Meditation, a neurostimulation-enhanced meditative practice. He is also the co-founder of Bodhi NeuroTech, an early stage technology company developing neurostimulation and wearables for meditation, human performance and psychiatric disorders.
Engineer; Entreprenuer; Coach; Former Executive Director, Esalen Institute
Ben Tauber has a background in computer science and engineering and has held management positions at Google and Adobe. He is a founding partner of Velocity, an executive coaching company and recently held the position of Executive Director of Esalen Institute. He currently serves on Esalen’s board of trustees and consults and regularly speaks on the topic of human potential in the modern world.
Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D
Clinical Psychologist; President, Institute of Noetic Sciences
Cassandra Vieten is President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciencesand a scientist at California Pacific Medical Center’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Group. Her research has focused on spirituality and health, transformative experiences and practices, and the development of mindfulness-based interventions for emotional well-being. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and completed her research training in behavioral genetics at UCSF. She has authored books, published numerous articles in scientific journals, and is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader.
Erik Davis, Ph.D
Author, Techgnosis; Podcast Host, Expanding Mind
Erik Davis is an author, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and independent scholar, whose unique and diverse work focuses on the intersection of technology, religion, mysticism, psychedelics, modern culture and media. He graduated from Yale University and recently completed his PhD in religious studies at Rice University. He is the author of several books, and his essays on music, technoculture, and spirituality have appeared in many books, magazines, and journals. He also hosts the long-running podcast Expanding Mind on the Progressive Radio Network. His new book, High Weirdness: Drugs, Visions, and Esoterica in the Seventieswill be published this Spring.
Eve Ekman, Ph.D, MSW
Contemplative Social Scientist; Director of Training, Greater Good Science Center
Dr. Eve Ekman is a contemplative social scientist and teacher in the field of emotional awareness and burnout prevention. She is the director of training for the Greater Good Science Center, and co-lead instructor for CEB, an evidence-based emotional awareness training created by her father Dr. Paul Ekman and Buddhist scholar Alan Wallace. Dr. Ekman was also lead qualitatave researcher on the groundbreaking Psilocybin for AIDS Survivors Study (PASS) at UCSF. Her work has appeared peer-reviewed journals as well as in chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and The Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science. She does training and consultation for emotional awareness and burnout prevention for private and public sector organizations in the Bay Area and beyond.
James Fadiman, Ph.D
Transpersonal Psychologist; Psychedelics Researcher; Author, The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide.
Called "America's wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use," Dr. James Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. He studied with Ram Dass at Harvard University and received his Ph.D in Psychology from Stanford University. He is the co-founder of the Institue of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) and has held a variety of teaching and consulting roles in psychology and design engineering. Dr. Fadiman has published a variety of books, including the very popular and accesible The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide, and has lectured extensively around the world. Over the last several years, he has become the world's leading figure on microdosing research.
Executive Director, Flow Genome Project; Co-Author, Stealing Fire
Jamie Wheal is the Executive Director of the Flow Genome Project, where he leads a team of the world's top scientists, athletes and artists dedicated to mapping the peak-performance state of Flow. He is the co-author of the bestselling book Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live. A leading expert on the neuro-physiology of human performance, he combines a background in expeditionary leadership, wilderness medicine and surf rescue with over a decade advising high-growth companies on strategy, execution and leadership.
Janis Phelps, Ph.D
Professor, East-West Psychology; Director, CIIS Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research
Janis Phelps is the founder and director of the California Institute of Integral Studies Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research, the first academically accredited, professional certificate training program for legal psychedelic-assisted therapy and research. A licensed clinical psychologist and therapist, she has been a professor at CIIS for 21 years and held faculty positions in the East-West Psychology and Clinical Psychology doctoral programs. Her theoretical orientations include transpersonal and wellness therapy models; Buddhism and Eastern disciplines; and phenomenology/existential philosophies. Her research and scholarly writing has focused on psychedelic therapy, entheogens, and mind-body wellness.
Jay Sanguinetti, Ph.D
Research Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico; Assistant Director, Center for Consciousness Studies
Jay Sanguinetti is the assistant director of the Center for Consciousness Studies in Tucson, Arizona, which organizes the largest international conference on the science of consciousness. He completed his Ph.D from the University of Arizona on neural processes of visual perception and unconscious processes. His current research is focused on how non-invasive brain stimulation such as trans-cranial ultrasound can enhance human cognition and well-being, and augment meditation practice.
Judie Wexler, Ph.DPresident, California Institute of Integral Studies
Dr. Judie Wexler is a sociologist and current president of the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her focus in higher education is on creating and enhancing academic programs that combine cognitive and personal growth and community service. A professor of sociology, Dr. Wexler has been teaching for more than 25 years and served as chair for both the Department of Sociology and the Division of Business Administration and Social Sciences at Holy Names College. At CIIS, she has supported in the spearheading of cutting-edge programs in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, East-West psychology and transformative technology and is deeply interested in these domains.
Liana Sananda Gillooly
Development Officer, MAPS
Liana Sananda Gillooly works as a Development Officer for the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She is a lifetime activist for social justice, drug policy, ending war, and the environment, and is passionate about the intersection of psychedelics and technology. She has worked in event, festival, and film production, as well as artist representation, art curation, and art creation. She has been a featured speaker at numerous events, lobbied Congress, lectured MBA students, and given a TedX talk. She is also an experienced meditator and trained death midwife.
Mendel Kaelen, Ph.D
Neuroscientist; Founder and CEO, Wavepaths
Mendel Kaelen is a neuroscientist, creative and entrepreneur and is passionate about understanding mental health and well-being. He researches life-transforming experiences and works to develop accessible psychotherapeutic tools. He is the founder and CEO of Wavepaths, a venture that unifies immersive art, intelligent technologies and psychedelic science into a new model of care. He also offers workshops and consultancy on the use of music and setting design, for therapists and researchers working with psychedelics and MDMA. He completed his post-doctoral education in neuroscience at Imperial College London, specializing in the function of music in psychedelic therapy.
Meditation Teacher; Author, The Mindful Geek; Podcast Host, Deconstructing Yourself
Michael Taft is a maverick meditation teacher, author, podcaster and neuroscience junkie, specializing in secular, science-based mindfulness training. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Mindful Geek and Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept as well as the editor of such books as Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson and The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young. He has taught meditation at Google, worked on curriculum development for SIYLI, and is currently core faculty at Wisdom Labs in San Francisco. Michael is also a featured teacher on the Simple Habit app, and an official advisor to the Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab.
Founder, Sensie App
Mike is the Founder at Sensie App, measure how you feel with a device you already own. An entrepreneur from an early age, Mike’s accomplishments include starting one of the first social media promotion platforms, working with Rocket Internet to help lead the international expansion of Groupon throughout Asia, running business development for a Y Combinator startup, teaching mindfulness and entrepreneurship to youthful offenders in the Miami prison system and co-founding 1Apeiron, a venture incubator.
Founder, Consciousness Hacking; Lecturer, Stanford University
Mikey Siegel is a robotics engineer turned consciousness hacker. He envisions a present and future where science and technology support psychological, emotional and spiritual flourishing. Where our devices not only connect us to information, but also connect us to ourselves and each other, acting as a catalyst for individual and collective awakening. He is currently teaching at Stanford University, founder of Consciousness Hacking, co-founder of the Transformative Technology Conference, serves on the board of Trustees of the California Institute of Integral Studies, actively develops technology, and advises numerous startups. He received an MS in robotics from the MIT Media Lab.
Rael Cahn, M.D., Ph.D
Assistant Clinical Professor, USC Department of Psychiatry, USC Brain and Creativity Institute; Director, USC Center for Mindfulness Science
Rael Cahn is Assistant Professor with the USC Department of Psychiatry doing research at the USC Brain and Creativity Institute. He has been conducting neuroscientific research on meditation and psychedelics since 2001 and has published numerous basic neuroscience investigations of meditation and psilocybin-induced states and traits of consciousness. Dr. Cahn is currently investigating the neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying both advanced states of non-dual and narrative-free awareness in long term meditators as well as the clinical benefits of mindfulness practices relative to depression, trauma, anxiety and addictions. In addition, he is currently running a study assessing the epigenetics underlying the clinical efficacy of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD in collaboration with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. He is currently working on expanding clinical and neuroscientific research on the use of psychedelic medicines in tandem with contemplative practices to assess the synergistic and potentiating benefits of these two ways of accessing psychological health and well-being.
Journalist; Writer; Film Producer; Executive Director, Terra Incognita Project
Rak Razam is the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalist, writing about and helping shape the emergence of a new cultural paradigm in the 21st century. A writer, film producer and culture maker, he bridges the worlds of shamanism, consciousness and popular culture. As Executive Director of the Terra Incognita Project he helps investigate the nexus between neuroscience and shamanism with scientific studies on tryptamines like 5-MeO-DMT.
CEO and Co-Founder, Andromeda Entertainment
Robin Arnott is the co-founder and CEO of Andromeda Entertainment, a company providing embodied interactive experiences designed to harness the power of mindfulness and video games. He is the creator of SoundSelf, a technodelic ecstatic meditation experience designed for VR. Robin also co-leads the Consciousness Hacking Austin chapter.
Veronika Gold, MFT
Co-Founder and Therapist, Polaris Insight Center for Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy
Veronika Gold is a co-founder, therapist, and consultant at Polaris Insight Center, a San Francisco based clinic providing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. She is a sub-investigator and co-therapist in MAPS Clinical Program for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD. She has also worked with the application of wearable technology such as HeartMath and Freespira in her therapy practice. Veronika received her MA in Clinical Psychology from the Charles University in Prague, and an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a certified EMDR therapist and training facilitator, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Organic Intelligence Expert, and Realization Process Teacher.
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