In the last decade, the interest and use of ayahuasca has expanded exponentially. This phenomenon has both activated the advancement of scientific research into its effects, risks and therapeutic potential, as well as serious legal, ethical and sustainability challenges. The World Ayahuasca Conference 2014, organized by the ICEERS Foundation, aims to be a multidisciplinary event that brings together leading scientists, legal experts, practitioners. environmentalists and other experts involved in the ayahuasca field, facilitating the interchange of experience and knowledge, and the birth of new synergies and collaborations through the formal presentations and round tables, workshops and debates, as well as the informal events of the conference.
The language of the conference will both be Spanish and English and there will be simultaneous translation in the main room during the whole event. The conference will take place in the Palau de Congressos of Ibiza. Address: C/Salvador Camacho nº11 - Santa Eulària des Riu.>
POTENTIATING THE HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE
Beyond Psychedelic Dreams and War on Drugs: Problem-Solving and Potentiating the Human Infrastructure
Society shows the necessary astuteness and organizational savvy to go to the moon, build powerful computers, replace the human heart, among myriad astounding achievements. However, solving everyday, common problems such as unemployment, welfare, family breakdown, slums, crime infested neighborhoods, carnage of drugs, or failure of education and school dropout has proven bewilderingly problematic.
Why is this the case? Are aforementioned challenges beyond human capability, or is it that people really don’t care, or do care, but don’t try? Or, have hidden, nefarious economic and political power elites conspired successfully to maintain toxic conditions for perverse private advantage?
Obviously, the countless sums spent over decades in untold fruitless flailing show people seriously have cared, and do care, and do want some dignified, minimal sustenance, health and opportunity for all children and adults. How does one understand failure to solve persisting social dilemmas in view of society’s extraordinary capacity to problem solve in other domains? Rather than going the way of blaming economic or political cabals, as in the example of social failure to achieve an existentially ample material minimalism for all persons, one might answer very differently, on other grounds.
The alternate, really quite simple explanation is that a universal existential minimal would be common doing today, as well as solutions of other communal predicament, if reigning experts did have knowledge of the theory, organization and practice needed to have achieved their aim. Human nature rejects failure, in favor of success, abides notice, rather than inconspicuousness. So, for example, if in 1996, then, President Bill Clinton, or any from his political accessories, really knew how to “end welfare as we know it,” Clinton naturally would have done so, earning the personal recognition attendant his leadership and paramount achievement. If the post-conference workshop can add light and do some redeeming of above cited historical failure,it will have to be, obviously, through means of fresh perspective and new ideas.
Stemming from contribution of Comprehensive Family Therapy (D.A. Kirschner & S. Kirschner, Brunner/Mazel, NY, 1986) and senior clinical practice, Dr. Stein was in role of advising public agencies jurisdictionally advocating and assisting family life. Tackling family problems, regionally, forces attention to profuse, serious and unmitigated family dysfunction. Equally salient are multiple, unsettling contextual, societal letdowns, alluded to above, which families, try, as they may, often just cannot surmount. Out of this troubling ado, Humanics, transdisciplinary practice approaching social districts both holistically and elementally, was born. Dr. Stein closed an extensive private practice to prove how communities may be problem-solved and quality of life effectively promoted.
Humanics harnesses the universal urge for social progress. It approaches regional behavioral dysfunction holistically, at individual, family, institutional and community levels. As state-of-the-art extension of current social organization and science, Humanics targets the full gradient of social functionality, from urban and rural districts appalling disordered or backward to those affluent, aiming conspicuously at full health and wellness of individuals, families and communities.
Though focus is on households and institutions at the grass root level, the strategy involves dealing purposefully at every stage of social organization. Humanics provides the State with opportunity to beneficially contract its function in relation to society. The State can advantageously privatize the social tasks the record shows it cannot succeed with, thereby spurring the social progress to which it dedicates and on which it depends. Empirically verified, professionally managed, holistic, territorial societal advance – yet unachieved historically – generalized to neighboring and far-flung regions, obviously harbors grand global implication.
Challenge of triumphant social welfare breaks logically into the following topics, the agenda of the workshop:
Philosophy and motivation for effective welfare strategy
Structure of the social domain, including overlooked dimensions
Scientifically determining societal optimality, and blueprinting community design
How existing social organization can be powerfully enhanced for welfare and progress
The scientific transdisciplinary process of problem-solving social regions: an approach simultaneously holistic – every person, every family, every institution counting and elemental – dealing with the human relationships and interactions that shape and constitute the focal region’s families, institutions and society
Coping with governmental and institutional hierarchy and the pyramidal structure of authority
Methods and stages of financing
Scientific measurement and accountability