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Symposium 2012

Solution for Mental Training towards a Caring Economy

The Challenge

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.

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

One reason why many economically advanced societies overvalue selfish and aggressive behaviors and undervalue caring behaviors is that the former receive disproportionate attention in the media. Journalists and other media professionals commonly believe that they can attract and retain readership primarily through accounts of violence and selfish achievement. The resulting social norms reinforce this media coverage, which in turn strengthen the social norms.

To break this self-reinforcing spiral, journalists should be given easy access to mindfulness and compassion training. This training will raise their sensitivity to the importance of and interest in caring behaviors, thereby influencing their choice of media topics. There is a growing body of evidence indicating that contrary to the conventional wisdom, consumers of media products tend to be more attracted to accounts of caring behaviors than to those of violent and selfish behaviors.

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