Compassionate Innovation

We're excited to introduce our new approach to innovation: Compassionate Innovation. This methodology—currently being developed in-house by Pracademy—is a holistic merger of design thinking, compassion studies, and mindfulness practices. It focuses on identifying situations where humans suffer, and helps health- and social-service providers, and all kinds of social innovators, become creatively empowered to alleviate that suffering in highly innovative ways.

 
 
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Watch BJ Miller, executive director of San Francisco's Zen Hospice Project, speak powerfully about the potential of designing compassionately for the process of death.

 
 
 

 

Join our Upcoming Compassionate Innovation Workshop!

Are you a healthcare provider, social worker, or social innovator who wants to make a difference in the lives of your patients or users? Do you at times find it difficult to empathize with your users' ills without becoming emotionally overwhelmed or even burnt out?

In this workshop, you will learn highly practical tools to not only avoid empathy fatigue but to also become empowered to create innovative services and programs that radically improve the circumstances of your stakeholders—regardless of how difficult their situation might be. 

In a hands-on, engaging, and safe environment, we will explore creative processes like design thinking and social innovation, along with contemplative practices such as mindfulness, compassion, and lovingkindness meditation.

All of our contemplative methods have been rigorously researched through neuroscience and have been proven to help you empathize and gain deep compassion for people’s suffering, all while retaining important doses of inner strength, empowerment, and equanimity.

Fees:  This event is organized on a donation basis—you can make an online donation for the amount of your choosing, once the workshop is over. The proceeds will be used solely for the development and delivery of further programs related to Compassionate Innovation.

Date:  Tuesday, February 6th

Place:  Bergen (exact site to be determined)

FacilitatorsOlga Lehmann & Fede Lozano

 

Mindfulness

 

Mindfulness is not simply a trend. It's here to stay. What began as a mind-training technique taught over 2.500 years ago by the Buddha in Northern India has since enabled millions to lead lives of meaning and service, full of awareness, happiness, and equanimity. At Pracademy, we hold a profound respect for the Buddhist philosophy, and promote mindfulness in a secular and highly practical fashion.

 
 
 

Our Inspiration

 
Joe Mellin (Pracademy team member), Sarah Stein Greenberg (executive director of the Stanford d.school), and Fede Lozano (Pracademy founder) with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala in 2008

Joe Mellin (Pracademy team member), Sarah Stein Greenberg (executive director of the Stanford d.school), and Fede Lozano (Pracademy founder) with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala in 2008

 
 

We gain our inspiration from modern-day contemplatives such as the late businessman and Vipassana leader, S. N. Goenka; the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche; the French molecular biologist turned Buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard; and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

And we are highly appreciate of the research and writing of cutting-edge scientists the likes of Richie Davidson, Tania Singer, Jon Kabat-ZinnDan Goleman, and especially the late Francisco Varela.

 

Mindfulness Resources

 
 
 

Free the Mind, a documentary about Richard Davidson, the world's leading mindfulness scholar, and his work.

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson

Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman

The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Why Meditate? Working with Thoughts and Emotions by Matthieu Ricard

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) by Chade-Meng Tan

The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience by Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson, and Eleanor Rosch

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg

A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives by Thupten Jinpa

Mind and Life Institute

Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University

Mindfulness Apps:  HeadspaceCalm Insight Timer