UE in action

In this section you can read about how Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom programmes are being applied.

Individuals, Family and Community

Community-based learning programmes that enable people of all ages, cultures and traditions to develop their ability to live in an ethical way, to draw out their own unique strengths and positive qualities, and to explore how they can offer service to others.

Education

Learning programmes that offer educators a philosophical and practical framework to cultivate self-awareness, contentment, empathy and compassion in themselves and in the children, young people and adults that they work with.

Youth Work

Resources and methods that can be directly incorporated into your daily work whether group activities, one to one, or the challenges of collaborating with or managing your own team.

Health and Social Care

A person-centred approach that equips health and social care practitioners to take better care of themselves and the people they serve, through emphasising the importance of reflective practice and the development of emotional intelligence and resilience.

Leadership

Programmes and resources that improve personal productivity and professional performance, demonstrating that it is possible to remain deeply focused, fully present, high-performing and at ease even in the midst of a busy working life.

Individuals, Family and Community

"So many of our families are new to Universal Education, but are expressing so much excitement as they hear about our program and its purpose.” - Amanda Dofflemeyer, founder of the Wishing Well Children’s Community, Soquel, California, USA

The need

There is an increasing body of scientific evidence concerning the importance of positive values and loving relationships for health and wellbeing, particularly in the early years. Every child, young person and adult who learns to be happier, more satisfied and more peaceful will have a powerful impact on their families and friends, as well as on the wider society.

Despite this, many people do not know where to find the encouragement and support they need to become better parents, grandparents, siblings, neighbours and community leaders.

Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom aims to gradually fill this gap by providing community-based learning programmes that will enable people of all ages, cultures and traditions to develop their ability to live in an ethical way, to draw out their own unique strengths and positive qualities, and to explore how they can offer service to others.

What Universal Education offers individuals, families and communities

Universal Education learning programmes are rooted in the conviction that every individual has an innate capacity to be kind and wise, which can be developed through nurturing a deeper awareness of how all people and phenomena depend on each other for their existence. Such awareness will naturally lead to a greater sense of responsibility for taking care of both the natural environment and all the different beings that co-exist within it.

The experiential pedagogy and engaging methodologies of Universal Education make it ideally suited to working in family and community settings, where it can be adapted in countless ways to suit the specific situation. Programmes such as The 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life offer a practical framework for helping people explore and discuss profound issues, such as how they think, act, relate and find meaning in life.

In Mexico City, Universal Education community educator Brenda Tapia has developed a programme for children living in poverty, while in Veracruz and Guadalajara, ‘Habits’ groups hold regular meetings to promote the practice of the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life in the local community. There are annual Universal Education-inspired family camps in Belgium, Italy and Spain, and the 16 Guidelines have been utilised as the basis for a mother and baby group in Queensland, Australia and a long-standing intergenerational project in North Carolina, USA.

Benefits

The benefits that have been observed amongst individuals and at community level when people engage in Universal Education programme include: stronger motivation to help others; increased confidence as parents and change-makers; better communication between children and parents; and greater resilience in the face of difficulties.

Next steps

Get inspired by browsing the information and stories on this website; find out more about FDCW-recognised programmes such as The 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life and Transformative Mindfulness Methods; and take a look at the online resource for families and educators Ready Set Happy.

Participate in a Universal Education learning programme yourself. After building confidence and familiarity, you are welcome to share or adapt what you have learned in your own family or community.

Request FDCW to provide a learning programme that is specifically tailored to the needs of your community.

Education

“Kindness has changed my view and thoughts. Before I used to tease dogs, snakes, cats and anyone who was weaker than me, but now I understand that they also feel sad when someone does this. Now I never tease any kind of creature and I show kindness to them.” - Pradeep, 8 years old, Bihar, India

The need

In many countries, mainstream education focuses primarily on factual knowledge and intellectual capacities, paying much less attention to developing an understanding of the mind and its functions, or of a deep-rooted sense of caring for the well-being of others and the world at large.

As a result, children and young people are often unable to build positive relationships; feel disconnected from their families, their immediate communities and the wider world; and lack a sense of purpose and direction.

Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom seeks to address this through providing programmes and resources that will help children and young people to develop self-awareness and emotional resilience, to act as a positive role model for others, and to play their part in creating a better world.

What Universal Education offers educators

Universal Education learning programmes offer educators a philosophical and practical framework to cultivate self-awareness, contentment, empathy and compassion in themselves and in the children, young people and adults that they work with - which in turn will support the achievement of academic, career and wider life goals.

The content and pedagogy of Universal Education can be adapted to fit any school programme or curriculum, and will particularly support teachers in the delivery of social emotional learning (SEL) programmes that help students to develop greater self-awareness, life skills and social responsibility.

In California, Tara Redwood School has piloted the FDCW-recognised Seven Steps programme for more than twenty years, and inspired a second school in Ibiza, Spain. In Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands and Spain The 16 Guidelines programme is being integrated into preschool, primary and secondary school curricula.

Benefits

The following benefits have been observed in educational settings:

Teachers experience greater emotional resilience (less burn-out) and an improved ability to respond to stress and relate calmly and effectively to students and colleagues, leading to an increased sense of well-being and meaning.

Students experience less anxiety, enjoy better concentration, develop greater emotional resilience, stronger social skills and more positive behaviours.

Schools find they develop a stronger sense of vision and purpose and that their teaching and learning environments improve through greater harmony, better discipline and closer collaboration between teachers, students and parents.

Next steps

Get inspired by browsing the information and stories on this website. Find out more about FDCW-recognised programmes such as The Seven Steps, and take a look at the resource Compassion in Education.

Participate in a Universal Education learning programme yourself, as a teacher, school principal or school administrator. After building confidence and familiarity, you are welcome to share or adapt what you have learned in your own educational setting.

Request FDCW to provide a learning programme that is specifically tailored to the needs of your school or college.

Youth work

"I learned that if I am not shy, others won't be either. This was so awesome." - Teenage participant in the ‘Mindblast’ programme, Ontario, Canada

The need

Throughout the developed world, young people are grappling not only with the physical and psychological process of transitioning into adulthood, but also the specific challenges created by social media, intoxicants, and the constant pressure to acquire and define themselves through material possessions. Many of them will lack the supportive relationships and empathetic understanding that are needed during this critical phase in their development.

Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom proposes that every young person has a unique capacity to make a positive difference in the world, providing they are given the necessary encouragement and support. Through training youth workers and parents to be positive role models, and through providing a flexible and affirming framework to explore life’s major questions, from “Who am I?” and “What is my potential?” to “What is the meaning of life?” it empowers young people to develop self-confidence, build better relationships, and find direction and purpose.

What Universal Education offers youth workers

If you are a youth worker, participating in a Universal Education learning programme will give you resources and methods that can be directly incorporated into your daily work, whether group activities, one-to-one, or the challenges of collaborating with or managing your own team.

The emphasis that Universal Education places on thinking for yourself - on intrinsic rather than extrinsic authority - and its interactive methodologies make it naturally suited to working with young people. Using exercises, mindfulness, discussion and the arts, it is designed to encourage critical thinking and self-reflection, and is flexible and adaptable to any situation.

In Canada, the Pine River Manual developed out of several years of group work in a residential centre for young people with addictions. The 16 Guidelines have also been used in a youth penitentiary in North Carolina, USA; with young people suffering from homelessness and domestic abuse in the UK; as the basis for school counselling in New Zealand; and in a youth leadership programme in South Africa.

Benefits

The benefits that have been observed amongst young people include a greater sense of motivation and purpose; improved communication with people of different ages and cultures; greater insight into particular issues such as drug dependency; and an increased capacity for personal reflection.

Next steps

Get inspired by browsing the information and stories on this website, and find out more about FDCW-recognised programmes such as Transformative Mindfulness Methods and The 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life.

Participate in a Universal Education learning programme yourself, as an educator or youth worker or college administrator. After building confidence and familiarity, you are welcome to share or adapt what you have learned in your own educational setting.

Request FDCW to provide a learning programme that is specifically tailored to the needs of your school, college or youth group.

Health and Social Care

“The techniques were so easy that they seemed like magic. For any moment, reason, challenge, view or problem that brings negativity, you can apply them with instant results.“ - Ale Alemada, cancer group leader, Argentina

The need

It seems common sense that love and compassion should be at the heart of health and social care, yet all too often they get squeezed out by ‘economic realities’, target culture, administrative demands and ever-decreasing resources. In the process, the professionals who have taken up this work from the best of motivation can find themselves struggling with stress and exhaustion, and unable to offer the level of service they wish for.

Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom takes a person-centred approach that equips health and social care practitioners to take better care of themselves and the people they serve through emphasising the importance of reflective practice and the development of emotional intelligence and resilience.

What Universal Education offers health and social care professionals

Universal Education learning programmes and resources provide professionals, volunteers and carers in health and social care settings with insights and practical tools that can be immediately taken into busy working routines.

These programmes and resources have proved particularly helpful for professional self-care; in supporting the development of positive relationships between staff, patients and relatives; in team-building and leadership; and for strengthening a high-performance and values-led culture throughout the organisation.

In Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Italy and Peru, Transformative Mindfulness Methods have been utilised in cancer support groups, cardiac rehab, psychotherapy, palliative care treatments, the treatment of acute migraines, and in correctional facilities - among many other applications. The 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life programme has been taken into hospices in New Zealand and Malaysia, and used as a training programme for community nurses and other healthcare workers. In Australia, Corporate-Based Mindfulness Training is being introduced to high level leaders in statutory healthcare.

Benefits

The benefits that have been observed by professionals working in these settings include: an increased ability to remain calm and focused; greater resilience; lower levels of stress; an expanded capacity for insight and self-reflection; and a renewed motivation to practise and convey positive qualities such as kindness, empathy and patience, particularly in the face of adversity.

Next steps

Get inspired by browsing the information and stories on this website, and find out more about FDCW-recognised programmes such as Transformative Mindfulness Methods and the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life.

Participate in a Universal Education learning programme yourself. After building confidence and familiarity, you are welcome to share or adapt what you have learned into your own activities in the area of health and social care.

Request FDCW to provide a training programme that is specifically tailored to the needs of your hospital, hospice or healthcare setting.

Leadership

“If you are not using all parts of your mind yet, it may be this class that will change your life. People can change, but they rarely do. This class on Corporate-Based Mindfulness would definitely increase the odds.” - Sam Chan, President, Applied Computer Online Services

The need

How many of us go to work in the morning with a sense of purpose and optimism, and go to bed at night feeling satisfied with the way that we spent our day? On the contrary, it is a fact that the 21st century workplace is often characterised by stressful relationships, ever-increasing expectations, information overload, and a bottomless inbox.

Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom aims to help leaders and managers actualise their potential for living a happy and meaningful work-life while performing at the highest level. It achieves this through bringing together the best of ‘Western’ scientific research in neurology, positive psychology and organisational studies with the most effective contemplative methods from ‘Eastern’ wisdom traditions.

What Universal Education offers leaders and managers

Universal Education provides programmes and resources that improve personal productivity and professional performance, demonstrating that it is possible to remain deeply focused, fully present, high-performing and at ease even in the midst of a busy working life. It is a smart way to be more successful in a world where getting the competitive edge does not depend simply on strategy and marketing, but on enabling every individual in the organisation to explore their potential and function at their best.

CEOs and senior managers can engage in a series of coaching sessions or commission a purpose-built intervention for their company which includes interactive workshops, follow-ups, and tools such as recordings, log books, manuals, and ‘Mindfulness in Action’ cards. Throughout, the focus is on developing a personal mindfulness practice combined with ethical values in a way that can transform both the individual and the team.

Corporate-Based Mindfulness Training (CBMT) is an FDCW-recognised programme developed by The Potential Project in Denmark, which has representatives in 19 different countries and works with multi-nationals such as Sony, Carlsberg and Google. Its work has been evaluated and verified by academic studies at the University of Cambridge and Copenhagen Business School. FDCW’s 16 Guidelines programme has also been successfully applied to values-based team-building and management development in SE Asia and Canada.

Benefits

The benefits of CBMT identified by Professor Jochen Reb from Singapore Management University and Cambridge University include: significant improvements in job performance, work-life balance, focused attention, job satisfaction, organisational citizenship behaviour, commitment to the organisation, emotional balance, and lowered intention to quit the job.

Next steps

Get inspired by browsing the information and stories on this website, and find out more about FDCW-recognised programmes such as Corporate-Based Mindfulness Training and the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life.

Participate in a Universal Education learning programme yourself. After building confidence and familiarity, you are welcome to share or adapt what you have learned in your own workplace.

Request FDCW to provide a learning programme that is specifically tailored to the needs of your organisation or senior management team.

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