The Mindfulness Foundation Paradigm
“We need a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental wellbeing are indivisible. Together they define gross global happiness.”
The UN World Happiness Report
Provides the measurement context for this social enterprise initiative and our scientific understanding of human development is creating a paradigm shift in how we educate our children. Scientists now suggest that cognitive development is only 50 percent of the education equation. The other half is social and emotional development and research reveals that developing students' social and emotional intelligence improves their academic achievement and emotional well-being. In July 2011 the UN General Assembly passed a historic resolution:
- It invited member countries to measure the happiness of their people and to use this to help guide their public policies. This was followed in April 2012 by the first UN high-level meeting on happiness and well-being, chaired by the Prime Minister of Bhutan. At the same time, the first World Happiness Report was published.
- The OECD How's Life published 12 October 2011 gathers and analyses indicators on the well-being of individuals and households for the international measurement of well-being.
- The present 2013 World Happiness Report is sponsored by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network established by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Also, one of the four major objectives of the WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020 is to: "implement strategies for promotion and prevention in mental health."
In alignment with the above and the newly emerging Economic, Cognitive and Scientific Paradigms the Mindfulness Foundation is advocating, campaigning and fundraising to make Mindfulness in Schools available to all 9 million UK School Children by 2022.
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The Mindfulness Foundation is an inspiring social enterprise driven to take social action and innovation by a desire to improve the lives of our children through the teaching of mindfulness practices in Schools.
We will lead with sustainable solutions for entrenched social problems. It's time to get behind our children who need these innovative approaches if we are to build a bigger, stronger society. We need your involvement to finance our expansion and build our children's resilience.
"The challenge of transforming the world's economy to a
sustainable basis requires a fundamental shift in
consciousness as well as action".
Founder of Sustainability Initiatives
Mindful Nation UK
The Mindfulness Initiative is helping the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group (MAAPG) carry out an inquiry into how mindfulness could be incorporated into UK services and institutions.
We are bringing scientists, practitioners, commissioners of services and policymakers together in a series of Parliamentary events. Working papers from these discussions will feed into a report, Mindful Nation UK, which will summarise evidence-based recommendations ahead of the next general election.
The Mindful Nation inquiry held its first hearing on 20th May 2014, a roundtable on the role of mindfulness in the workplace. On July 16th July 2014 the Mindful Nation held its second hearing, a roundtable on mindfulness as an approach to mental health and the Meeting of the Mindfulness APPG Education Roundtable on 19th November 2014 was hosted by DofE at their Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street, London SW1. There are more hearings planned on The role of mindfulness in the workplace, criminal justice, and pain management. See events for more information.
8 July 2014
The pursuit of happiness: a new ambition for our mental health
CentreForum Mental Health Commission
The report is central in shaping the thinking of political parties as they develop their manifestos ahead of the 2015 general election sets out a vision for the future of better mental health in England and calls for:
- Yearly increases of £1 billion in the NHS mental health budget over a ten year period
- Wellbeing to be measured and prioritised as a goal of government
- Primary care to be equipped to fully meet mental health needs
- Priority to be given to the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people
That the national curriculum should include the requirement to teach children and young people how to look after their mental health and build emotional resilience through approaches such as mindfulness.
3 Jul 2014
Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies
by Lord Richard Layard and Professor David Clark
Governments exist to promote happiness, and especially (we would add) to reduce misery. This perspective has enormous implications. It means that governments would judge their success not by the growth of national income but by the elimination of misery and the growth of happiness. For this reason more and more countries are taking regular official measurements of the happiness of their peoples. The lead has come from the club of rich nations, the OECD, which had its first conference on ‘What Is Progress?’ in 2004. The first countries to officially measure the happiness of the nation were Britain and Bhutan, but now the OECD is asking all member countries to do it in a standard way.