Hi Kate, Thank you for your questions about our proposed idea. Below, please find our answers: Our curriculum is currently in the final stages of being uploaded to the online educational platform NovoEd for our global community of Dalai Lama Fellows. NovoEd provides an interactive platform, allowing for team assignments, peer learning, and discussions. Fellows will learn by doing, using perspectives and practices offered in the curriculum, and putting them into practice in the real world. Fellows then provide feedback on the practices and their experiences on the platform. Therefore, the educational platform is a learning community, where resources and best practices can be shared in addition to accessing content.
The curriculum constitutes eight modules which we will test with our community of 26 Fellows in 16 countries this summer with the intention to iterate the curriculum based on direct feedback and applicability from our Fellows as well as best practices for engagement and efficacy. The majority of the content has been built, however, new content and practices will be added based on the needs of the community. The Fellows will engage with the curriculum over the course of a year.
Once we have the resources available, we plan to take learnings from the 2017 cohort and adapt the curriculum for a wider audience beyond the Fellows to launch a new component of our online educational program in 2018.
We are in the process of outlining a financial model to help determine a fee per user based on a subscription model that would help to ensure costs of delivering the program are being met. We expect to use funds to do consumer research to understand the ideal target market and fee. When we launch the online platform we would hope to have scholarships available for users from around the world based on an application process to help determine level of income, location and potential for applicability and implementation of the curriculum. Even with the best of intentions, without awareness and understanding of the ecosystem we are in and truly empathizing with the needs of the people we serve, leaders can fall short of their potential to make lasting change for people and the planet. Our perceptions shape our reality. While technical skills, like design thinking, have helped to move the needle, these skills can be even more effective with training that includes social and emotional awareness, cultivating positive states of mind and increasing intentionality (leading with values). When leaders can truly connect with others as human beings, then they are able to build more effective teams and create realistic solutions. Our curriculum integrates contemplative practices and universal values in leadership, resulting in personal transformation and sustainable social change. We focus on enhancing participants’ insight and wisdom (seeing reality as it is), increasing and deepening their capacity to make meaningful connections and broadening their scope and perspectives towards their own communities and beyond. By providing skills and developing competencies, such as how to be mindful, to counter biases, to navigate our own projections and emotions, and to connect meaningfully with others in conjunction with leadership techniques, participants undergo a personal transformation measured as a change in their self-awareness, increased ability to connect with others and increased concern for others, close in and further away. In addition to personal transformation, Dalai Lama Fellows are tackling global challenges threatening our planet's prosperity including, Tree adoption Uganda in Africa, Green Milleu in India and Iwastology Project in The Phillippines. The online learning component is meant to introduce the teachings, and each module includes practice exercises built intentionally to engage Fellows in the applicability of their learning to ensure that Fellows take the teachings off the screen and into their own communities. An unintended result is that many Fellows are also using the curriculum to train members of their own communities, spreading these leadership principles in addition to the work they do for the community.
Curriculum-at-a-Glance 1. Getting to know your mind 2. Exploring inner values and beliefs 3. Connecting to self 4. Making meaningful connections with others 5. Leading in Ambiguity 6. Scaling your vision