Those of us working towards a more just society must embody the same principles we envision for the world. This begins with mindfulness, which in turn drives compassion. When mindfulness is applied to social innovation, it transforms the way we diagnose issues and advance change. It allows us to understand ourselves and change from the inside out.
Mindfulness is no longer only a staple of wisdom teachers and wellness practitioners, but is beginning to reach the mainstream as newspaper headlines tout its health implications and companies create spaces for employees to meditate.
So what exactly does mindfulness have to offer the social entrepreneur or socially-minded business person?