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May 30, 2024

Artificial Intelligence and Our Spiritual Imagination

A Conversation with Dr. Bayo Akomolafe
and Dr. Angel Acosta


Join us for an enlightening Garrison Institute Fellowship Forum featuring renowned philosopher, writer, and activist, Dr. Bayo Akomolafe, in conversation with Dr. Angel Acosta. This engaging session will explore the intersection of artificial intelligence and our spiritual imagination, offering a unique perspective on AI.

About the Forum

In a world increasingly driven by technological advancements, the conversation around artificial intelligence often centers on its capabilities to advance our productivity. This forum aims to reframe the discussion by delving into the spiritual and imaginative dimensions of our relationship with AI. Dr. Bayo Akomolafe and Dr. Angel Acosta will guide us through a contemplative exploration of how AI can inspire new ways of thinking about our relationship with technology, spirituality, and the interconnectedness of all beings.

Key Discussion Points

  • Artificial Intelligence and Spirituality: Exploring how AI can expand our spiritual imagination and understanding.
  • The Role of AI in Human Connection & Disconnection: Discussing the potential of AI to foster deeper connections or exacerbating our crisis in loneliness
  • Reimagining Our Relationship with Technology: Rethinking how we interact with and relate to AI in a way that honors our spiritual values.
  • The Ethical and Spiritual Implications of AI: Addressing the moral considerations and spiritual insights that arise from the development and use of AI.
  • Innovative Perspectives on AI and Contemplation: Integrating AI into contemplative practices to enhance personal and collective growth.

Participants will receive the Zoom link within twenty-four hours of registration. For any questions, please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.



Dr. Bayo Akomolafe is the Chief Curator of The Emergence Network, a speaker, author, and fugitive neo-materialist public intellectual. He is a celebrated international speaker and author of two books, “These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home” and “We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak.” Dr. Akomolafe’s work focuses on the intersections of social justice, spirituality, and postactivism, inviting us to embrace complexity and uncertainty in our quest for a more equitable and connected world.


For over a decade, Dr. Angel Acosta has worked to bridge leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. He holds a doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has supported educational leaders through dynamic learning experiences and leadership trainings. Dr. Acosta consults for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, and Columbia University, and he is the creator of the “Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience.”

About the Garrison Institute

The Garrison Institute’s mission is to apply the skills and wisdom cultivated through contemplative practice, together with the insights emerging from science, to today’s urgent social and environmental challenges, leveraging transformational change and helping build a more compassionate, resilient future. The Institute fosters a deeper awareness of our interconnectedness and supports positive change through contemplative practices combined with scientific insights.

Register Now

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights into the spiritual dimensions of artificial intelligence and its potential to transform our understanding of interconnectedness. Join us for a transformative conversation with Dr. Bayo Akomolafe and Dr. Angel Acosta.