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PROSPECTS

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 591–606 | Cite as

Whole Mind education for the emerging future

  • Rama ManiEmail author
  • Scilla Elworthy
  • Meenakshi Gopinath
  • Jean Houston
  • Melissa Schwartz
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Abstract

At a time of unprecedented multiple crises threatening life on earth, the wholesale transformation of cultures and societies has never been more imperative. This article draws on insights and experiences of a group of women leaders who met in Oxford in October 2013, for five days of intensive thinking and discussion on the emerging future. They concurred that more than any other single factor, transformed educational institutions, curricula and methodologies could help meet the challenges of the 21st century and shape a positive future for the earth. They use the term Whole Mind education for the central feature of transformed educational models and posit three components of it as providing the greatest benefit: integration, creativity and peace. This article draws especially on the research and insights of a subset of the Emerging Future group, who have pioneering experience in innovative education, at all levels, across much of the world.

Keywords

Mindfulness Whole mind education Curriculum Conflict transformation Non-violence Human potential Creativity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rama Mani
    • 1
    Email author
  • Scilla Elworthy
    • 2
  • Meenakshi Gopinath
    • 3
  • Jean Houston
    • 4
  • Melissa Schwartz
    • 5
  1. 1.HotonnesFrance
  2. 2.GloucestershireUK
  3. 3.Lady Shri Ram CollegeNew DelhiIndia
  4. 4.The Jean Houston FoundationAshlandUSA
  5. 5.Meridian UniversityPetalumaUSA

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