Compassion in Global Action

As the world grows increasingly polarized, and economic, environmental and other societal challenges grow increasingly complex, future leaders will need to draw from ever-deeper sources of understanding and compassion to bridge divides and move solutions forward. 

Last month, Dean Ian Solomon and professors Kirsten Gelsdorf and Abigail Scholer joined dozens of scholars and others from around the world in Dharamsala, India, home of the Dalai Lama, for a weeklong exploration of this proposition and to converse about how to bring contemplative science and practice into teaching, research and policymaking. 

“For a school like Batten, engaging with all of the emerging multidisciplinary research on contemplative science offers us not only new approaches for the classroom at a time when many of our students are struggling, but also the chance to be at the forefront of thinking about ways public policies can be more inclusive and compassionate,” says Gelsdorf.  

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