About Us

Mission 

Our mission is to serve peacebuilding, social justice, and collective wellness by advancing a pragmatic understanding of human interpersonal relationships that can be used as the basis for innovating community-engaged interventions advancing relational mindfulness.

Vision

Our vision is of a world where every person and community strives to practice “compassionate Force of Mind, Song of Heartcooperation,” actively and willfully generating the positive and unifying force of mind that shapes the experience of connection and heals separated minds, a requirement for building compassionate communities, satisfying relationships, and a responsible world.

“Compassionate cooperation” is a methodology introduced in Force of Mind, Song of Heart (D’Amico, 2014), which His Holiness the Dalai Lama has endorsed and sees as important to shaping attitudes for ethical and happy living.  

Approach

We view pragmatic, strategic, interdisciplinary, relevant, and meaningful teaching-learning interventions promoting “compassionate cooperation”, linked to sound performance management architectures, as a fruitful path for directing transformative social outcomes.

To achieve our mission and vision, we embrace community engagement as a means of innovating effective interventions based on the “compassionate cooperation” methodology.

Using this approach, we seek to advance specific applications of relational mindfulness that offer the potential to mitigate the barriers to connection that interfere with peacebuilding, social justice, and collective wellness in higher education and healthcare settings.

“Compassionate cooperation” is based on a new story about interpersonal relationships that is firmly grounded in discourse analysis study evidence in the ethnography of communication tradition, and respects current views in evidence-based psychological science, neuroscience, and other disciplines.

Join us at  www.MindTame.com to talk about the many issues related to the human capacity for transformation serving peacebuilding, social justice, and collective wellness that involves taming the natural wildness of thought toward specific ends.

About Knowledge-Shaping Solutions

Knowledge-Shaping Solutions was registered in metro Washington DC’s Old Town Alexandria in 2010 as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) devoted to transformational learning serving peacebuilding, social justice, and collective wellness.

Lynne D’Amico, PhD, MA, RTY leads Knowledge-Shaping Solutions, and works with many different kinds of partners, collaborators, and exceptional associates to implement organizational mission and vision in higher education and healthcare contexts.

SAM-compliant and woman-owned, Knowledge-Shaping Solutions is organizational partner to the Charter for CompassionHigher Education Consulting, and Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development. We have teamed with Highlight Technologies as Research & Development lead at the US Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development (OPEPD); and, with SRA International and Business Community Synergies on federal government grantwriting projects at the US Department of State.

We are engaged in contract work with Harvard Medical School through Fenway Community Health, The Fenway Institute on a unique international collaboration with the Institute of Studies in Health, Sexuality, and Human Development at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (ISHSHD) (ISHSHD) in Lima, Peru. This community-based and academic-affiliated initiative uses a community-based participatory research approach to ensure community engagement and mobilization at multiple levels with diverse stakeholder groups.

We are actively working to advance alternative paradigms to critical thinking in educational settings, and have performed contract work for the Lazarski School of Commerce and Law (Warsaw, Poland) using a community engagement model to advance an extensive initiative.

We have a deep interest in collaborating with healthcare providers interested in advancing empathic patient-provider and other relationships in healthcare settings in ways that complement the current focus on body language and eye contact. We see the “compassionate cooperation” methodology as a potentially impactful means of mitigating compassion fatigue and other types of provider burnout common among frontline healthcare providers.

We have also performed contract work for the National Association of Social Workers (NASWVA), the New Jersey Association for Mental Health and Addictions (NJAMHAA), and The Fenway Institute (Boston, MA), Sacred Circle (Alexandria, VA), and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

We have been providing services free of charge in the metro Washington, DC community through the Prince Street Practicum for Conscious Living (PSPCL) for thirteen yearsand support local Community Donation Yoga. We share 20% of paid work with the underserved and individuals in need.

About Lynne D’Amico, PhD, MA, RYT

Lynne D'AmicoLynne D’Amico is an educational linguist, discourse analyst, and transformational learning specialist with more than twenty-five years of experience developing leaders and innovating measurable outcomes-based solutions to complex learning challenges across sectors and countries.

A contemplative and registered yoga teacher, she is devoted to community-engaged interdisciplinary problem solving in education and healthcare aimed at advancing pragmatic and effective teaching and learning interventions directly serving peacebuilding, social justice, and collective wellness.

She is a recipient of the Department of State Superior Honor Award and a National Council for Behavioral Health 2015 award nominee. She has presented her work at dozens of linguistics and language learning conference events on behalf of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA), Pragmatics and Language Learning (PLL), and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has been a plenary speaker and guest of the Embassy of Panama and a guest on Voice of America and Hay House Radio.

She is an active member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE), the Mind & Life Institute (MLI), the American Psychological Association (APA), Science and Nonduality (SAND), the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), and the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). She is also an associate of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN)Devex International Development (DEVEX) and leads local community-engaged work through the Prince Street Practicum for Conscious Living (PSPCL).

Recent Interdisciplinary Conference Talks & Invitations 

  • “Compassionate Cooperation” and the Dynamic, Entangled Process of Self-Actualization: American Psychological Association (APA). Toronto, CAN, August 2015.
  • Senior Investigator: Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (MLSRI). Garrison Institute, NY, June 2015.
  • Consciousness, Entanglement, and “Compassionate Cooperation: International Symposium for Contemplative Studies (ISCS). Boston, MA, November 2014.
  • Consciousness, Entanglement, and Complementarity in Interpersonal Relationships: Science and Nonduality (SAND14). San Jose, CA, October 2014.
  • Challenges in Healthcare to “Compassionate Cooperation”: New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA)Princeton, NJ, October 2014.
  • Language of Healing — Mind Matters: National Association of Social Workers (NASWVA) Pre-Conference Institute Plenary. Richmond, VA, March 2014.
  • Challenges in Social Work to “Compassionate Cooperation”: National Association of Social Workers (NASWVA). Richmond, VA, March 2014.
  • Attitudes and Emotions of Perception and Connection: Science and Nonduality (SAND13). San Jose, CA, October 2013.                                               

 

 

 

About the Author
ldamico@knowledgeshaping.com

Lynne D'Amico holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, is recipient of the Department of State's Superior Honor Award, and a 2015 National Council for Behavioral Health award nominee.