What Age-Old Religions Gain from New Ideas

What Age-Old Religions Gain from New Ideas

In this talk I gave at BIF10 in September, I focused on religion from the most practical and (as it turns out) innovative perspective: How well do our religions serve our deepest human needs? What if religions were actually measured by their ability to impact our capacity for gratitude, hope, empathy and our sense of belonging? What if we unbundled the wisdom and practices from established religions (and their metaphysics, theologies, tribes and communities) and measured them for their ability to help us flourish?

Watch the video below, as I discuss these questions, and more.


BIF10 – Stories to change the world. One of the nation’s most renowned storytelling gatherings, the BIF Summit provides innovators with the space to be curious and crazy, get inspired, and collide with unusual collaborators. Benevolent troublemakers need community, a space to play, and opportunities to collide. The BIF Summit exists as a means to enable a purposeful community of innovation junkies who want to design, prototype, and test new business models and social systems in the real world.

Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula is the co-founder and co-executive editor of The Wisdom Daily. A rabbi, Irwin's writing has been featured in The Huffington Post and the Washington Post. He is the author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life and a co-editor of The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices. Irwin has appeared on NBC's The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The O'Reilly Factor and PBS Frontline. Irwin also serves as President of Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think tank and resource center in New York City.

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