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Symposium 2012

Solution for Mental Training towards a Caring Economy

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Complex problems, such as climate change or irresponsible deployment of resources, are difficult to resolve without global participation of cooperating partners. To date, these problems have been main ...

Complex problems, such as climate change or irresponsible deployment of resources, are difficult to resolve without global participation of cooperating partners. To date, these problems have been mainly tackled through top-down approaches where governments and international institutions take the role of decision-makers.

Encourage business enterprises to establish "mental gyms" in the workplace.

Business people accept the need to go to the gym regularly to maintain their physical health. Analogously, mental gyms have the potential to improve their mental health. Mental gyms contain cushions and chairs instead of workout machines.

Such initiatives are already becoming a reality, for example, in the implementation of “mindfulness-based stress reduction” programs into health care and business institutions. Mental training facilities have also been recently introduced into scientific environments, including at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, led by Richard Davidson and at the Social Neuroscience department of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, led by Tania Singer.

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    Make mental training facilities widely available in educational institutions and the workplace, to improve physical and mental health.

    Make mental training facilities widely available in educational institutions and the workplace, to improve physical and mental health.

    Make mental training facilities widely available in educational institutions and the workplace, to improve physical and mental health.

    Polity, Business
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    Provide mindfulness and compassion training to preschool children as a standard component of their education.

    Provide mindfulness and compassion training to preschool children as a standard component of their education.

    Provide mindfulness and compassion training to preschool children as a standard component of their education.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Make mindfulness and compassion training available for the teachers and the parents of preschool children, to reinforce the children’s training.

    Make mindfulness and compassion training available for the teachers and the parents of preschool children, to reinforce the children’s training.

    Make mindfulness and compassion training available for the teachers and the parents of preschool children, to reinforce the children’s training.

    Polity, Civil Society
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    Make mindfulness and compassion training available to journalists as a catalyst for turning significant caring activities into news.

    Make mindfulness and compassion training available to journalists as a catalyst for turning significant caring activities into news.

    Make mindfulness and compassion training available to journalists as a catalyst for turning significant caring activities into news.

    Civil Society