Educating the Heart: Creativity and Well-Being and Heart-Mind Education

This morning, over a dozen brilliant minds took the stage at the Vancouver Peace Summit to talk about educating the heart.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was joined by Nobel Laureates Murray Gell-Mann and Mairead Maguire, authors Eckhart Tolle and Stephen Covey and many others who want to bring peace and compassion into education.

The first dialogue was entitled “Creativity and Well-being”, and included some inspired words from Sir Ken Robinson. He said, “Education has become depersonalized. It has to be become personalized,” adding that standardized testing has taken the idea of the individual out of education.

The second dialogue, Heart-Mind Education, featured three representatives from the University of British Columbia, one of the leading institutions in social-emotional learning.

Stephen Covey underlined Sir Ken Robinson’s earlier thoughts by saying, “We need to move from “me” to “we”, from independent to interdependent.” It provided an almost perfect segue for the Dalai Lama who at the conclusion of the dialogue made his way to WE Day Vancouver, where over 16,000 children were gathered and hoping to change the world.

His Holiness will return to the Vancouver Peace Summit for the afternoon session, Women and Peace-Building, which will include a conversation with Maria Shriver. It will be streamed online at



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