The Approach

 

Phase One consists of an in-progress community assessment, which includes numerous personal interviews and a widely-distributed survey; site visits to communities already finding success, which are rolling out now; and a Summit event, planned for spring 2019, which will convene local stakeholders and experts in neuroscience, social-emotional learning, psychology, and design theory.

 
 

Phase 1: Assessing, Observing, Convening

 

1.

Needs Assessment and Systems Map: Through in-person interviews and an online survey, we have begun to organize around community concerns around local leadership qualities, value of emotional intelligence and “Fourth Industrial Age” challenges, and the application of mindfulness-based interventions to move the needle for community-identified challenges. The assessment catalogues existing efforts, local champions, and opportunity to build collaboration. This phase begins the work of leveraging pockets of success and passion into an organized, connected web of practitioners, leaders, and funders.

 

2.

Site Visits to Innovators: All over the country, there are examples of robust mindfulness programs that offer insights into innovation, progress, and pitfalls. Site visits will help us refine our strategy and build partnerships with innovators such as the Crim Fitness Foundation (Flint, MI), where 75% of children say mindfulness helps them focus, 60% use mindfulness to calm down, and 55% of students say it helps them avoid fights. We also focus on learning opportunities, and attended a conference featuring the research of scores of leading neuroscientists highlight their results in areas of workplace engagement, resilience and well-being, and impact of mindfulness on focus, self-awareness, and other “super powers” of the today’s leaders.

 

3.

Becoming Jackson Whole Summit: The Summit, planned for late spring 2019, will be a collaborative learning opportunity for local leaders and stakeholders to gather with subject-matter experts in neuroscience, social-emotional learning, design theory, psychology, and leadership training. Held here in Jackson Hole, the Summit will give community champions an opportunity to roll up their sleeves with practitioners and field leaders from around the country to create a meaningful dialog around the aggregated assessment results to develop a plan for Jackson’s future. The result of the Summit will be a roadmap for community-wide acquisition of the practical skills that are the fundamental building blocks of civility and problem-solving. It will also include tools for measuring progress as we move ahead to Phases 2 and 3.