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In 2010 Lynne D’Amico, PhD, MA faced an unexpected professional decision, whether to take a new assignment as a contractor employee working on behalf of national security, or step away and follow what she believed to be a calling to promote peacebuilding, social justice, and more purposeful living through transformational learning. She chose the latter.

She registered Knowledge-Shaping Solutions, LLC in metro Washington, DC (Alexandria) and became a federal government SAM-compliant woman owned small business, hoping that federal stakeholders would be interested in funding new directions for the professional development of intelligence analysts. They weren’t.

This was actually a good thing. It led her to seek a more general audience for her work and devote herself freely to exploring new lines of interdisciplinary inquiry.The result was the writing and publication of Force of Mind, Song of Heart: Shaping Consciousness, Connection, and Compassionate Cooperation (2014), a book which His Holiness the Dalai Lama has endorsed for its methodology and topic.

D'Amico wrote this book to explain and teach interpersonal connection, a core competency for peacebuilding, social justice, and collective wellness. Learning how to invite and support connection when the nonconscious mind positions for separation is as critical to mitigating threats to civil society as it is to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) learners how to build personal and professional relationships with Americans, or innovating compassionate healthcare initiatives.

Please consider this a call for interdisciplinary collaboration with educators and cross-sector leaders committed to substantive leadership development initiatives. Send a message via this website if you are an institutional stakeholder interested in joint problem solving.