AMS2022 Learning Session
Imagining The Future of Mindfulness with Foresight
This session narrates the strategic visioning process a community organization (Mindfulness Hamilton) engaged in with community members to reflect on the needs of the community, consider emerging changes in the world, and source new ideas for how and who they might serve better.
Over the course of two virtual co-creation sessions and a set of reflective activities, we show how current experiences, challenges, and hopes of local mindfulness leaders were solicited and then explored through a future lens. In the first session, we worked with a set of emerging trends and ‘signals’ from the local and global context to prompt community members to imagine new services, approaches and offerings. Top ideas from the process were synthesized and during the second session participants developed strategies for implementing new ideas.
We aim to demonstrate the process, tools, and pedagogy for facilitating this organizational renewal process in a virtual setting. With intentional design, appropriate pre-work, rich artifacts, and supportive scaffolding for focused conversations, we believe it is possible to reimagine the future of mindfulness as a community.
Sean Park Ph.D.
Sean Park PhD- Sean is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. Through his highly experiential way of teaching, he inspires business, engineering, and health science students to design and create new futures with empathy, creativity, insight, and foresight. His doctoral work in contemplative studies and arts education, training as a mindfulness educator, and adventures in global healing traditions lends a unique perspective to the history and future of mindfulness.