IKIGAI lab events
Classic taster workshop: 2-part Life Design workshop

The Ikigai lab invites you to take some time to work on the most important design project of all – your life.

This interactive 2-part evening workshop will walk you through different tools that help you to define your priorities and find ways to improve the balance in your life. Participants will leave with three Odyssey Plans for their life and a plan to prototype their way towards a successful future. Using the collective intelligence of the group we are going to help each other on our individual and unique journeys toward a well-lived, joyful life.

This workshop is for you, if:

1) you are thinking about how to continue your professional career

2) you could use some more balance in your life

3) you don't already have a reliable way of creating the life that you want

Life hacker series

Welcome to the life hacker series, where we explore tools coming from personal development, psychology and education.

Upcoming topics:

  1. Explore your future
  2. Hack your fears
Witnessing the present workshop

During this workshop we will introduce you to a series of contemplative practices with the ultimate goal of getting you as close to experiencing the present moment as possible.

The experience will last about 4 hours

Ikigai Changemaker series (6-parts)

Over the course of 6 weeks this workshop series allows you to identify and start realizing your life's purpose in a way that is empowering for you and others, while regenerating the eco system that surrounds you.

Add your own event!

You are a Life-designers that wants to be part of a community & movement and gain meaningful feedback on their workshop designs?

Get in contact with us (contact.ikigai@cri-paris.org) to get more information

You are not a life designer yet, but you're really curious about X, and you wonder if we can help you realize your curiosity/potential in this area?

Most probably this is a yes! Simply reach out and ask us or start by becoming a member of one of our resource messenger groups, where you can share links to information that you find meaningful & get information in return. (join the messenger group here)

For more information on how to become a part of this movement, click here

Other CRI events to nourish your curiosity!
Thursday, December 1, 2022
9:00 AM
Optogenetics and Philosophy: Mutual Enlightenment?

Please note the date of the event which is Thursday 1st December. Sorry for the mistake in the first version of the flyer.

In an often-quoted paper of 1999, Francis Crick pointed out that "to turn the firing of one or more types of neurons on and off in the alert animal in a rapid manner, the ideal signal would be light". Several years after the publication of the first paper by Boyden and Deisseroth in 2005, optogenetics has become a widely used method, the success of which goes beyond the realm of neuroscience, and which has also attracted the attention of philosophers (e. g. Craver, 2012; Bickle, 2016; Robins, 2016; Sullivan, 2018).

Optogenetics controls the activity of neurons or other cell types with light after expression of light-sensitive proteins in target cells. By activating or inhibiting neurons in animals, researchers have induced changes in behaviour and the cessation of symptoms of psychiatric diseases. Furthermore, optogenetics has made it possible to erase and create a memory, and to manipulate perception in behaving rodents. Strikingly, in a first medical application of optogenetic technology, vision was partially restored in a blind patient (Sahel, 2021).

The aim of this workshop is to bring scientists and philosophers together to discuss the impact, promises, current limitations, and significance of this method. Several key points will be raised during this day:

The contributions of the method: could we have otherwise achieved what we found with optogenetics? Can optogenetics establish a causal relationship between the activation of neurons and behaviour, and what does "causal relationship" mean in this context? Can it be said that optogenetics can control not only behaviour, but also perception, memory, emotional state, etc.? Available online on Youtube on the LPI channel
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The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) was founded by François Taddei and Ariel Lindner in 2005 to create a student/researcher centered open environment in which people can collaborate together to build a world where lifelong learning is at the heart of our society.

To help everyone take care of themselves, others and the planet, the CRI is co-constructing and sharing new ways of learning, teaching and mobilizing collective intelligence in the fields of life, learning and digital sciences. Sitting at the crossroads of research and education, CRI advocates for innovative pedagogy by putting the student at the heart of their own learning experience through projects, research and societal challenges.