Being Fearless Online Conference – Omega Institute

Live Streaming Video Event

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Being Fearless Live Online

Action in a Time of Disruption

Live On: 10/13/2017 to 10/15/2017
Available Until: 01/13/2018
Amy Goodman, Van Jones, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Jon Kabat-Zinn... See More

Donate $5. Be Fearless.

Being fearless. It’s about standing up for your convictions—and it’s about being reflective. It’s about expanding your capacity to be in uncomfortable conversations and situations as you reach for new solutions.

This critical conference with leading thinkers Van Jones, Bill Moyers, Cornel West, Amy Goodman, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and other courageous and insightful advocates, is a timely conversation about what it takes to be bold and advance the issues you believe in—effectively and for the long haul.

With a gift of just $5 in support of Omega’s work as a global force for personal and social change, you gain access to the Being Fearless Online Conference, plus a post-conference on-demand event in NYC with Matthieu Ricard.

Your $5 donation helps us continue to create more important conversations like this one.

Register for these online events now and receive on-demand access for 90 days.

Presenters are subject to change.

Want to attend the conference in person? Join us on Omega's Rhinebeck campus for a deeper immersion.


Through stories from the front lines of change, interactive sessions and experience in community, panel discussions, and mindfulness practice, we explore the way ahead.


7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Conference Opening & Evening Session with Cornel West


9:00 a.m.–Noon

Morning Session with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Rhonda V. Magee, and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

2:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Afternoon Session with Van Jones, Amy Goodman, Sarah Van Gelder, and Bill Moyers

7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Evening Session with Pat Mitchell, Van Jones, Amy Goodman, and Bill Moyers


9:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

Morning Session with David W. Orr and others

Schedule and presenters are subject to change; check back in the coming weeks as more information is added.


Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing worldwide. Her independent grassroots political journalism offers millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.

Van Jones, a former advisor to President Obama, is author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream. He is a political contributor to CNN and president of Dream Corps, a social justice accelerator. In 2009, Time magazine called him “one of the 100 most influential people in the world.”

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is senior research professor on trauma, forgiveness, and reconciliation at the University of Free State in Blomfontein, South Africa. She served as coordinator of victims’ public testimonies on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and has been involved in studying the process of forgiving in order to deepen the understanding of its reparative elements in the aftermath of gross human rights violations and mass trauma. She is author of A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Story of

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he is Professor of Medicine emeritus. He is the author of numerous books on MBSR and mindfulness, currently in print in more than 40 languages. He teaches mindfulness around the world.

Bill Moyers, a broadcast journalist for more than four decades, has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times—one that resonates with multiple generations. With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as NOW with Bill Moyers (2002-05), Bill Moyers Journal (2007-10) and Moyers & Company (2011-15). He currently serves as president of the Schumann Media Center, a nonprofit organization that supports independent journalism.

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University. He has a passion for inviting people from all walks of life into his world of ideas to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.—telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, activist, and author who writes about the environmental movement and the impacts of commerce on living systems. He has founded successful, ecologically conscious businesses, and consulted with heads of state and business leaders on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

Rhonda V. Magee, JD, is professor of law at the University of San Francisco. She teaches contemplative lawyering and is author of "Contemplative Practices and the Renewal of Legal Education" in the book New Directions in Teaching and Learning: Contemplative Studies in Higher Education.

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and special assistant to the president of Oberlin College. He is founder of the Oberlin project and a founding editor of the journal Solutions.

Sarah van Gelder is cofounder  and editor-at-large of YES! Magazine, a public speaker, and the author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, which tells the story of her solo road trip around the United States, seeking out the people who are making deep, transformative change happen.