Activating Empathy

Activating Empathy

ParisParis, France
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Encouraging every child's brilliance... and our own in the process!

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Encouraging every child's brilliance and our own in the process! For the children, a school environment that supports and encourages their natural interests would be a perfect setting. Dr. Montessori used the term “normalisation” for serious concentration when a child is involved in an activity that captivates them. Emerging from such flow moments, children are at peace. Similar to us being filled up in creative endeavours or nature walks or meditation. In such a state, we are at our healthiest. Children over the age of three are capable of reasoning and when they are fulfilled in daytime activities that nourish their mind and allow movement for their bodies, children are naturally helpful and open to others. Naturally empathetic.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

My belief is that activating empathy begins by educating the adults in children's lives. It all begins with healthy attachment. Erikson focused on the importance for babies to have significant relationships with a few key adults in order to develop basic trust. It has been shown that children who lack healthy attachments tend to be devoid of empathy. Many crimes in the world are conducted by those who feel no remorse. I propose educating the adults in children's lives by offering this type of information and more through meetings and workshops at schools, maternity wards and universities through various health and environment courses. Establishing the conditions for basic trust to be felt, the child is then capable to move through higher levels of social functioning.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

When children are involved in activities that interest them, they find their joy and their peace. Children feel empowered when learning. This leads to empowered adults living empowered lives. On purpose.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

My model is quite unique in the way that we are all unique through experience and understanding. All Montessorians might be considered in my neighbourhood but my approach is quite unique and tailor-made case by case. I have been witnessing the successful results in both the children and the adults' lives through my work with them. Much more to be done. One child, one adult, one school, one country, one day at a time :)
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How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

We are all here to shine - to live InSpired and Inspiring lives.
I remind adults that as children, we are born knowing this...

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

It is a Global solution. Huge impact. Micro to Macro.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Happy children, Happy adults.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

Happy children, Happy adults!

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

There are infinite possibilities for infinite growth in this work that I love.
Barriers only serve to strengthen and perfect the path.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

The numbers speak for themselves. The more lives we touch, the more satisfaction. Planning to double, triple, quadruple impact.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Spread my message wider.

Task 2

Continue to learn along the way.

Task 3

Be open to all sorts of possibilities.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Training others to reach even further...

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Publish more of my work

Task 2

Develop social media presence to spread the message even wider.

Task 3

Discover new markets!

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

My journey took me back to studying Early Childhood after a very successful Finance career. I was very drawn to Dr. Maria Montessori's philosophy that we come into the world as spirits with a very clear mission. From the age of five, I would sit my dolls in a circle teaching them all that I had learned that day! This is what I am here to do, to share my learning, my very own lessons. We are all born naturally intuitive and life teaches us to perform for others. Our journey is just to remember our Truth and to have the courage to live it, inspiring others along the way...

Tell us about your partnerships
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

I am innovative in my thinking and thrive on sharing ideas. My communication skills are excellent. I speak many languages and love writing. I have a very expansive and global exposure, both through education and experience, so a very elaborate network that would be happy to contribute as volunteers &/or staff - from NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Montessori organisations worldwide, Wellesley College Educational faculty, Deutsche Bank Emerging Markets Research and various school alumni including St Paul's Girls' School and the French Lycee in London.

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