The inaugural Socrates Seminar in Africa will take place in Kenya from November 9 – 12, 2023 hosted by the Aspen Initiative Africa – Nairobi (AIA) in partnership with the Aspen Institute Socrates program. Socrates’ international seminars include three seminar sessions, program meals, local transport, and local excursions. Seminar tuition is US$3,000, which includes lodging, materials, meals, round transport from Nairobi-Nanyuki and all activities within the program.
PS: The Tuition fees do not include air-travel to Nairobi or visa costs.
“One World in Tech: Reimagining the Digital Future”
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki, Kenya | November 9 – 12, 2023
Our present and future are moving towards a unified global landscape. In this vision of the future our world will be a connected and collaborative place, where technological advancements are shared, leveraged, and utilized to address global challenges, improve the human condition, and foster mutual understanding among diverse cultures.
At the upcoming Socrates seminar, we’ll consider life in today’s current tech-mediated society and try to envision the future as a unified global landscape. Imagine a connected and collaborative world where technological advancements are shared, leveraged, and utilized to address global challenges, improve the human condition, and foster mutual understanding among diverse cultures. Can the currently prevailing dystopian narratives give way to a world in which technology is a unifying force, transcending traditional barriers and contributing to a more interconnected, prosperous, and harmonious global society? We will consider how emerging AI tools can be harnessed for the betterment of all humankind, regardless of differences in geography, culture, or socioeconomic status.
Join us for a stimulating dialogue exploring the possibilities and pitfalls of technology as we race towards humanity’s digital future.
Moderator: William Powers is Co-Founder and CEO of Public Mind, a non-profit technology organization launching in 2023. He is a technologist, New York Times-bestselling author and current Visiting Scholar for Humanistic Technologies at the Max Planck Center for Humans and Machines in Berlin.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a Socrates seminar?
The Socrates Seminar is a roundtable discussion/ collaborative weekend-long event for participants from different fields. Participants are asked to contribute their understanding of and reactions to carefully selected readings, with the guidance of moderators who are experts in their sector. This is not a panel discussion, nor is it a tutorial where the experts share their knowledge. The roundtable discussion format is a multilateral debate moderated by the moderator(s).
Where will the Inaugural Socrates Seminar in Africa be hosted?
The inaugural Socrates Seminar in Africa will be held in Kenya at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club in Nanyuki.
Nanyuki is a town in central Kenya known as a gateway to Mount Kenya and the wilderness of Mount Kenya National Park. It is approximately a 3–4-hour drive from Kenya’s Capital City, Nairobi.
What transportation will be provided?
AIA will provide bus transport for all participants from Nairobi to Nanyuki on Thursday November 9, 2023, and from Nanyuki to Nairobi on Sunday November 12, 2023.
Transport will also be provided for all excursions during the program.
How do I get to Nanyuki?
The Aspen Initiative Africa will provide transport for all participants from Nairobi to Nanyuki and back to Nairobi.
How many seminars can I participate in?
The inaugural Socrates Seminar in Africa will host one seminar of up to 30 participants for the weekend. Meals and programming will be enjoyed with the group.
What if the seminar is sold out before I register?
Unfortunately, the seminar is capped at a specific number of participants, and we might not be able to accommodate your request. We urge you to register here and book your slot as soon as possible, but if you would like to discuss the seminar further, please reach out to either the Socrates Team via email or the Aspen Africa Team directly via email and one of our team members will assist you.
What do tuition fees cover?
Tuition fees ($3000) will cover your ticket to the launch event of the Socrates seminar in Nairobi (November 8, 2023), seminar attendance, accommodation in Nanyuki from November 9 - 12, materials, transport from Nairobi-Nanyuki-Nairobi, transport during the program excursion, all meals during the program, which begins on Thursday November 9, 2023, and ends on Sunday November 12, 2023.
Are there other optional AIA activities that I can participate in while in Kenya?
Yes, all participants are invited and encouraged to attend the launch of the Socrates Seminar that will be held on November 8, 2023, at the Capital Club East Africa, Nairobi at 5.30pm.
Are scholarships available?
Scholarships for tuition assistance are available through the Socrates Program but very limited. More details on this will be shared soon. We encourage you to reach out to us as soon as possible through either the Socrates team via email or the Aspen Africa team directly via email if in need of scholarship assistance.
Can I bring a guest (spouse, sibling or child)?
If you would like to bring a guest along to join other activities, meals and excursions but not necessarily attend the seminars, you are welcome to do so for $1000. These can be purchased as add-ons when you register.
What is the timing of the seminars and programming for the weekend?
To join for the whole experience, you will want to arrive in Nairobi anytime on November 8, 2023 on Wednesday and leave anytime on November 12, 2023 after 4pm on Monday.
We will start the journey to Nanyuki at 9 am EAT on Thursday November 9, 2023, and the seminar will start with an opening cocktail and dinner on the evening of Thursday.
You are welcome to explore and engage with everything the hotel and Nanyuki has to offer during your free time. The resort sits on an expansive 2000 acre piece of land and has amazing activities to offer.
What is the dress code for the seminar?
Although we do not require a specific dress code, most people dress casual and comfortable in the seminar rooms. We advise that you carry clothes for warmth and comfort as it can get cold and windy in the evenings and at night in Nanyuki. Please also carry comfortable shoes that will allow you to walk comfortably during the excursion.
Health and Safety Guidelines for In Person Events
The Aspen Institute is committed to creating a safe seminar experience for all participants. Please see our COVID-19 safety guidelines here. These guidelines will be regularly updated to meet the latest health and safety guidance of the CDC and local authorities. If you anticipate any issues or have any concerns, please contact us through the Aspen Socrates team or the Aspen Africa team