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SXSW 2017

The Ritual and Art of Aging Well

Our evolutionary ability to change as time goes on has been significantly reduced in modern society due to many misconceptions of what it means to succeed, be an adult and age. This panel will uncover some of the biology and anthropology of rites of passage. From Burning Man to everyday life, we will look at what it means to unlock our true potential and push the boundaries of our own transformation. From our basic needs to how we manage our creativity will be explored with the application of ritual and frameworks for growth outside the norms of conventionals and idealistic society. How do we move from aging, to actualization, as individuals and as a society?

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  1. Are the assumptions about having it all together, climbing the ladder and doing well that are in fact limiting our growth, discovery and creativity?
  2. Is there value in being lost, and what is the role of structure, limitation, and constraint that enables play as we age?
  3. As our sensory systems and needs evolve as we age, how should our habits and rituals adapt in order to satisfy our need for wisdom?



Erica Berger, Founder, CEO, Catchpool

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  • Tags: aging, technology, culture
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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