The Summit is an interactive learning experience, designed as much to educate as to inspire. Presenters, both in the Plenary sessions and in the Breakouts, have been selected for their leadership and innovation in applying compassion and mindfulness in varied sectors of our community. Each session will provide attendees with engaged learning experiences through exposure to diverse tools, forms, methods and pedagogical approaches.
The curriculum of The Summit is designed to create a systemic narrative and dialogue about how we, as local leaders and aspiring leaders, might more effectively bring compassion and mindfulness into our diverse settings and communities.
The Plenaries (main stage) consider approaches to working with a spectrum of populations, and ways of approaching the work from the individual, group and whole system perspectives. The sequence of plenary topics articulates this narrative:
1. Marginalized Populations – How is compassion applied in populations that are most vulnerable?
2. Corporations – What is the role of for-profit corporations in a compassionate culture?
3. Compassionate Disagreement – What tools, at the individual level, might equip us to address conflict?
4. Compassionate Cities – How might we do this work as a larger community?
5. Compassionate Future – How can we best support tomorrow’s leaders?
Breakouts (smaller groups) are designed to build from the themes of the Plenaries, with diverse, specific expressions, examples, and methods.
The Summit’s design is rooted in systemic diversity, rather than homogeneity. The gathering explicitly invites participants from sectors that do not typically meet together. The intention is not to define Compassion, but to encourage hybrid vigor. The principle Learning Objective for the Summit is to grow and enable the action-oriented leadership capacity of attendees. The effectiveness of attendee’s strategies as leaders will be increased through the identification, differentiation, and integration of modalities (tools, forms, methods, pedagogies) developed in diverse and divergent settings.
The thrust of the Summit’s own pedagogy is “compare and contrast”, such that a coherent and recognizable network of diverse local solutions may be identified and employed by attendees, post-Summit.
This is a regional event, and our goal is to construct an event that enhances cross-sector relationships among regional leaders. Attendees will be led through a process of actively establishing a small network of relationships, to collaborate on specific, idiosyncratic projects that will be generated at the Summit, and from which prototypes will be developed.
At the conclusion of the Summit, participants will:
1) Be able to recognize and identify various kinds of “applied” compassion and mindfulness, in different organizational settings;
2) Compare and contrast the application of distinct forms, describe their client bases or constituencies, the traditions or technologies they employ, and the metrics for measuring effectiveness;
3) Be able to use the Summit mobile app to develop and maintain networks, relationships, collaborations and projects.
4) Have the opportunity to engage in one prototype “seed” project with a group of 12-15 attendees.
5) Leave with a sense of hope, optimism and determination.