An overview of projects and activities.
The Global Compassion Initiative has bold ambitions. We are exploring a number of projects to catalyse and embed the evidence and practice of compassion within the University and in our relationships in the city, in Scotland and the world.
|OUR MAP OF COMPASSION||Mapping across the University all of the teaching, therapies and research on compassion.|
|COMPASSION LIVING LAB||Co-created and managed this lab will draw together research and insights from conversations on compassion in order to translate evidence into actionable bites; it will foster a networks of practice within and beyond the university.|
|WELCOME WEEK||A series of interactive sessions for new students as they start at the University led by prominent leaders and alumni. They will be structured across five themes: 'Who am I?',' Where am I?', 'What am I?', 'How am I?' and 'Why am I here?'. This series will contribute to the University’s welcome and affirm our compassionate University principles. It will be supported through a Common MOOC on Compassion and Courage.|
|PORTFOLIO OF CITIZENSHIP||Our Students will shape and change the world for the better. In the future we envisage that all students would have the option (and be encouraged) to graduate with both a Degree and a Portfolio of Citizenship. This would strengthen student experience, mental health and employability. Additionally, this would collectively show how Edinburgh as a University and our student population are actively contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through an online platform and 360 degree reviews, students would provide evidence of their compassion practice/outreach – including reflections on their learning.|
|COMPASSION INDEX||Drawing on work of Don Berwick (Compassion and the Health Sector, Kings Fund research looking at health equality and improvement thinking), we are developing a Compassion Index that highlights small and big acts that affect how an organisation or group is able to integrate compassion principles within how it operates. We envisage a publicly accessible dashboard/tool for organisation leaders which will set a benchmark for compassion engagement across services and show how this contributes to local and global change|
|CAMPUS CONVERSATION EVENTS||We host diverse events to deepen our understanding of compassion and how we can embed compassion in our personal and collective practice. We are also developing a series of ‘hosting good conversations’ – compassion catalysers – drawing together people and modelling practices of transforming conversations in teaching and learning spaces.|
|ONLINE PRESENCE||Expanding the microsite on the University of Edinburgh website to act as a portal for the work and projects of the Global Compassion Initiative, including a wide range of resources and emerging research, and profiling upcoming events.|