Compassionate Innovation & Leadership

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 & Leadership. 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/existential psychology. It focuses on identifying situations where humans suffer, and helps health and social-service providers, service designers, as well as leaders, to become creatively empowered to alleviate that suffering in caring and innovative ways.

 
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Compassionate Innovation and Leadership (CIL) is a holistic merger between these approaches.

 

Our Compassionate Innovation & Leadership Workshops

In our compassionate innovation and leadership 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, mindful listening, as well as real-life cases, our participants are 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 hosted two sold-out workshops—one in Bergen (BTO) and one in Trondheim (at EGGS Design). In 2019 we hosted also workshop at the Innovation Hub of University of Bergen.

In words of some of our participants:

had the pleasure to attend your workshop this spring. I bring the learnings with me, both on a personal level and plan to use it in my work facilitating user involvement in clinical trials and research.”

Tone Skår - Innovation leader at VIS.

“I believe compassion is key to solving many of the challenges our world is facing today, big and small. Thank you Olga and Fede for creating this wonderful opportunity to learn from your insights and knowledge. I really enjoyed the Compassionate Innovation & Leadership workshop with you, what I took with me have already made a positive impact at my work place. Keep up the good work!”

Synnøve Frøiland - Project manager.

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 an article about our first workshop in Bergen (in Norwegian).

Click here to watch a fragment of our latest workshop.

 

Leadership

We are greatly inspired by the philosophy of compassionate leadership at LinkedIn, led by Jeff Weiner, and specially by the work of Fred Koffman in developing conscious and transcendent leadership.

In addition, we are co-creating approaches in order to bring empathy and compassion to the organizations we work with. Watch below, Olga Lehmann -from Pracademy- interviewing our dear collaborator and mentor, Gerhard Bley, CEO at Kavli Sweden & Finland.

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

Learn from one of our inspirations! Watch BJ Miller, executive director of San Francisco's Zen Hospice Project, speaking powerfully about the potential of designing compassionately for the process of death.

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—Head (and heart) of Health and Compassionate Practices at Pracademy— volunteered at the Emotion Revolution Conference in Bergen (2018). She was responsible for coordination during Paul Gilbert’s deepening workshop on Compassion-Focused Therapy.

Olga—Head (and heart) of Health and Compassionate Practices at Pracademy— volunteered at the Emotion Revolution Conference in Bergen (2018). She was responsible for coordination during Paul Gilbert’s deepening workshop on Compassion-Focused Therapy.

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