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Mindcamp Choice Session Description

Unleash your inner pessimist!

(Keren Gottfried)
45 minutes

Can pessimism be channeled? Let’s park hyper-positivity for 45 minutes and welcome cynicism to the table.

The pessimist lens incentivizes dissent and balances our points of view. It helps us anticipate the worst so we can make wiser – and more creative! – choices. We can leverage our doubts to amplify, rather than interfere with, our creative genius. By embracing our negativity for a time, we can hone our ability to turn the prism accordingly in any given situation.

We will look at our creative projects and life dreams through a pessimistic lens using activities by Viktor Frankl (logotherapist and Holocaust survivor), Julia Cameron (artist and spiritual teacher), and Gary Klein (decision-making scientist).

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Explore the wisdom of cynicism in making creative choices
  • Practice channeling your negativity instead of falling victim to it
  • Expand your ability to draw on different lenses in any given moment
Keren Gottfried
Ottawa ON
Keren is a writer, artist and philosopher who earns her living developing policy for the Government of Canada. Originally from Israel-Palestine, she has lived in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hong Kong, and Tel Aviv, and is now based in Ottawa.

She believes we are here to learn, practice and share love – using our flawed, finite individual superpowers, coupled with the assurance of our infinite interconnectedness – but she can’t seem to fit the slogan on a t-shirt.

Her career starting in polling and media at Ipsos Public Affairs, then as an evaluator and analyst at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science and a master’s degree in public policy.

Keren’s current pursuits include psychology, meditation, healing, conflict resolution, and psychedelics. Keren is an avid cyclist, wannabe guitarist, and cat mom to a feisty feline.

This is Keren's first year presenting at Mindcamp.
 
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