human-centered design + mindfulness
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A Mindful Society

I helped start A Mindful Society, an annual conference where leaders discuss integrating mindfulness and compassion into society. I bring a design thinking approach to co-create the event with attendees.

A Community Approach to a Mindful Society

A Mindful Society explores how we might integrate mindfulness and compassion into healthcare, education, business, government, and our personal lives.  So far, our events have attracted hundreds of attendees and included world-renowned speakers like Dan Siegel, Judson Brewer, Thupten Jinpa, James Doty, Shauna Shapiro, Brother Phap Hai, Chris Ruane, Don Morrison, Norm Farb, Zindel Segal, and more. We also invite leaders from the local community to lead interactive workshops and activities, including meditation practice sessions and open conversations.

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Co-creating the Conference with Attendees

From the beginning, our unique approach has been to go beyond a platform for speakers. Our intention was to create a container for dialogue. We take a human-centered design approach, using surveys and large-scale collaborative workshops to help us understand our attendees. We collect a lot of data about the community's experiences and intentions working on the front lines of this initiative. This has helped us define each year's theme, evaluate proposals based on audience needs, brief our speakers on audience expectations, and more. The workshops also serve as a wonderful interactive experience where attendees can connect with each other over deep conversations about pressing issues in the field.

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Integrative Across Disciplines and Worldviews

Our inclusive conference welcomes all participants to explore different applications of mindfulness, regardless of background, professional industry, personal beliefs or personal practice. Our goal is not to create a meditation retreat, nor a talking-head scientific conference. Instead, we have a 10-year plan to build an engaged mindfulness community aimed at making a difference in Toronto and in the world. Check out the video below, then come join us at our next event!