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Compassionate design for empathic communities

Mindful Futures Network
2018 Conference

Compassionate urban design and community wellbeing are two of the sector topics being addressed at the upcoming Mindful Futures Conference.

The evidence base for the application of mindfulness, empathy and compassion in these two sectors will be discussed by a number of speakers including:

Petrea King  — CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation and a well-known author, inspirational keynote speaker and meditation teacher. Petrea will reflect on the importance of the resilient individual and the ripple effect that has in the wider community, and how mindful individuals can better support themselves, family, and friends for community change. In overcoming her own suffering and in supporting many hundreds of others in their distress, Petrea has learnt the importance of living our lives consciously. By being resourced to choose to change our thoughts to move us forward to better health and happiness as individuals, we can also contribute to the development of empathic communities.

Jenny Donovan  — principal of the Melbourne-based urban design practice Inclusive Design, which advocates for urban design that aims to improve social outcomes. Jenny is a university lecturer and author and has also worked for the United Nations and other bodies in post-conflict and post-disaster rebuilding in Sri Lanka, Kosovo and Northern Ireland. In her recently released book, Designing the Compassionate City, she outlines an approach to urban design that is centred on an explicit recognition of the inherent dignity of all people. Jenny notes that cities are made up of hardware (physical constructions), software (street furniture or more temporary structures) and orgware (policy, legislation and gatekeepers). All three elements interplay with each other to influence how nurturing or neglectful a place is for its inhabitants. A compassionate approach to urban design can assist in creating surroundings that are more conducive to people accumulating life lessons, experiences, achievements, as well as forging the connections and gaining the insights necessary to meet their needs and fulfil their potential.
Friday 23 November
at the University of Melbourne

Including speakers from CSIRO, Institute for Positive Psychology & Education, Openground and Potential Project.
Click here to view the full program
Click here to register
We look forward to your input to the conference discussions!
Shaping the Future

The Mindful Futures Network is an Australia21 project.
It was established to provide a national forum for Australians investigating the organisational and societal benefits of mindfulness, empathy and compassion.
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