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Cortona Friends

We are dedicated to our mission of fostering of a new generation of world leaders in this critical period of worldwide political, moral and environmental instability.


Cortona Week

Cortona Week is an interdisciplinary residence where graduate students and young managers from all over the world and from all disciplines are “mixed” (in addition to several critical scientists) , with artists, musicians, spiritual leaders, poets, professionals in medicine and psychology, politicians.

The aim, with the help of world known professionals and even visionaries, is to open up the horizon of the participants to the values of ecology, ethics, tolerance, internal introspection- and to the actual new frontiers of science, literature, art, economy – the full display of human experience – where life becomes a system view of interacting parts – and not an addition of single isolated domains.

We work together in round table discussions, lectures and with experiential workshops, where the participants can paint, do sculpture or music, meditation, theatre… choosing by themselves which aspects of life are more important for their own life equilibrium.




Cortona Week 2022

Rinascita (Rebirth)

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Stone Carving in the Park

The adventure  of receiving, developing and realizing an idea  is one of the greatest human achievements. With hammer and chisel you can explore the inner and outer world of the stone. On the way to its hidden secrets  you may have to change your concepts, but discover at the same time a part of yourself. Carrying a sculpted pie


What is Mind? What is Life? “Mind & Life” and “Mind in Life”– An Imaginary Dialogue between Varela and Whitehead”

In this talk I will first present a view of ‘Mind’ and a view of ‘Life’ developed by the late Chilean neuroscientist and philosopher, Francisco Varela (1946–2001). I will then share the contemporary understanding of Varela’s thinking and its implications in the wider community of Mind & Life Europe (MLE), an organization co-founded by Varela […]


The Impact of Space Experiments on Our Knowledge of the Physics of the Universe

When the electromagnetic windows were opened at the beginning of 1970’s, a huge amount of experimental data became available for the international scientific community. The amount of data from radio wavelengths to gamma rays has exceeded that acquired in previous centuries by optical telescopes. Thanks to these data, an important qualitative leap has been obtained […]