What has been the impact of your solution to date?
With the 10 videos already produces, we receive feedback from teachers saying that just having access to the videos encourages them to focus teir social and emotional learning classes, tutor groups and assemblies on empathy, when they would have not felt able to address this topic before.
Mind with Heart has also held debates and workshops so far with:
- 10 citizenship or literature or philosophy classes in secondary schools in France and Australia
- 2 groups in a programme for teens dropping out of school in Montpellier
- 4 youth clubs in France and Australia
Each group has benefited from about 10 hours each.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
With the 2012 Empathy and Compassion in Society Youth Conferences, and the videos, we aim to encourage self-facilitated debates in 10 new schools in the academic year 2012/13, 20 in the year 2013/2014 and 40 in 2014/2015.
Mind with Heart will organise an inspirational international Youth Conference on Empathy and Compassion in Society every two years in a different country.
Schools are encouraged to organise their own conferences and debates.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
To create a maximum impact, Mind with Heart projects are designed to necessitate light infrastructure, facilitate partnership work, complement other educational initiatives and be widely accessible through the internet.
The challenge for small organisations is funding. Youth Conferences and video production will be mainly funded by the professional conference that they are connected to.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Hold the first Empathy and Compassion in Society Youth Conference - November 2012
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Share the change stories from the schools who participated in the Youth Conference
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
For 15 years, I searched for creative ways to inspire people to live together sustainably. I was an educator for sustainable development.
Over that period, I was also attracted by the Dalai Lama's call for universal responsibility, and met educators passionate about the human mind, how it colours our perception and creates havoc.
One day, in 2009, I witnessed the 8-year-old son of a school friend of mine, who had just passed away, hitting yet again his younger brother. « One who loves himself will never harm another ». The meaning of this quote dawned on me. Finding non-dogmatic ways to help remove our misunderstandings about self-esteem, self-compassion, and empathy, that's the challenge. And it could well be the key to our survival as a species.