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The role of images in communication is to give hope : interview of Matthieu Ricard, bouddhist monk

Posted on September 3, 2007. Filed under: Blogroll, photography |

Some of you (especially in France), have probably already heard of or even read him. Matthieu Ricard is one of the most prominent faces (and voices) of Bouddhism in France, he wrote several books including "The Monk and the Philosopher : a Father and Son discuss the Meaning of Life" with Jean-Francois Revel, his father. But Matthieu is also a photographer who published many photo books like "Tibet, an inner journey", and I had the chance to briefly interview him during the Université d'Eté du Medef where he was taking part in a round table on "Balayons devant notre porte : is Occident's way of thinking the only good one ? Does globalization help us to understand other ways of thinking and to cast a critical eye on occidental concepts or, on the contrary, does it tend towards uniformization (and impoverishement) of the frame of reference ?".

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Because of his own experience both as a scientist, photographer and bouddhist monk, I asked him about what lessons he could draw for the role of images in the communication in the enterprise world. He advocates that images give a note of hope, and that pictures of the world can be a reminder of the beauty of human nature. For him, images in communication can help us to realize our inner potential for goodness, to give a note of hope and not loose it !

A positive and poetical message in our sometime stark world of competition and research for today !

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