Compassionate Innovation

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others by offering them new and better services? Do you at times find it difficult to empathize with your users' ills without becoming emotionally overwhelmed or even burnt out?

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

 
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Our Compassionate Innovation Workshops

In our compassionate innovation workshops 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.

Through hands-on exercises and practical tools like meditation, journaling, compassionate conversations, and mindful listening, as well as real-life cases, the participants will be encouraged to reflect on how to improve the lives of people and reduce suffering through high doses of creativity, human connection, and loving kindness.

In 2018 we have hosted two sold-out workshops—one in Bergen and one in Trondheim. We're looking forward to arranging a new version of this introductory module soon. Send us a message if you are interested in the topic! 

Click here to read about our workshop in Bergen (in Norwegian).

 

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


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

 Olga—healthcare consultant and co-developer of compassionate innovation at Pracademy—was responsible for coordination during Paul Gilbert’s deepening workshop on Compassion-Focused Therapy at the Emotion Revolution Conference, 2018.

Olga—healthcare consultant and co-developer of compassionate innovation at Pracademy—was responsible for coordination during Paul Gilbert’s deepening workshop on Compassion-Focused Therapy at the Emotion Revolution Conference, 2018.

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.

We highly appreciate the research and writing of cutting-edge scientists the likes of Richie Davidson, Tania Singer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Paul GilbertDan Goleman, Susan David, Kristin Neff, and especially the late Francisco Varela.

Of course, we also stand on the shoulders of giants such as Viktor E. Frankl, whose theories on values, meaning, and suffering guide our approach to compassionate innovation.


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