Knowledge-Shaping Solutions was registered in metro Washington DC’s Old Town Alexandria in 2010 to Lynne D’Amico, PhD, an American educational linguist who works at the pragmatic intersection of language, thought, and social interaction/communication.
We provide fee-based consulting as well as in-kind services that enable us to advance our mission and vision. Visit our blog at www.MindTame.org to join the conversation about the many issues important to our mission and vision.
Our mission is to promote self-actualization as a critical dependency in education and psychotherapy intended to serve peacebuilding, social justice, and collective wellness.
We are specifically interested in advancing the practice of compassionate cooperation, an application of relational mindfulness introduced in Force of Mind, Song of Heart (D’Amico, 2014) and endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for its methodology promoting ethical attitudes.
Foundational to our mission is a novel interpretation of self as a dynamic and emerging force of mind, an entangled relational process that is continuously unfolding through thought, expression, and social interaction (D’Amico, 2014).
This interpretation challenges some of the most basis assumptions informing education and psychotherapy today. It has far-reaching implications in matters important to our capacity to actively direct positive personal change for purposes of social impacts benefiting self as well as our Human Community.
Our vision is of a world where every person and community strives to practice compassionate cooperation, actively and willfully generating the positive and unifying force of mind that shapes the experience of connection as it unifies separated minds, a requirement for building compassionate communities, civil societies, and a responsible world.
To achieve our vision and mission, we invite community-engaged interventions based on the practice of compassionate cooperation. Our approach is pragmatic and collaborative.
Working toward our vision
There are many different dimensions to our work, all of which support our vision directly or indirectly. We are organizational partner to the Charter for Compassion, Higher Education Consulting, and Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development and support many small organizations with in-kind work aligned with our mission and vision.
We are currently providing Monitoring & Evaluation services for a global initiative through Harvard Medical School and The Fenway Institute at Fenway Community Health between Fenway Community Health and the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia Unit of Health, Sexuality, Human Development in the School of Public Health, and the organization Red Trans serving transgender people in Peru. This initiative is focused on strengthening existing networks of transgender allies, establishing a framework to measure incidents of violence, and adapting components of Fenway’s Violence Recovery Program to systematically respond to pervasive violence faced by transgender people.
We are also currently developing a comprehensive online course, which will be offered by the Charter for Compassion’s Education Institute (CEI), called Force of Mind: The Inner Journey to Compassion. This course will serve as a baseline intervention on relational mindfulness serving collective wellness, the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. Please contact us for more information on the expected release date and enrollment information. Or, if you are interested in working with us to create a version of the course specific to the needs of your organization or community, we invite you to reach out.
Within our local community, we lead community-engaged work through the Prince Street Practicum for Conscious Living, which we has been doing since 2002. By appointment through Sacred Circle Bookstore at 919 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, we also provide personal coaching and workshops on specialized topics promoting compassionate cooperation and relational mindfulness.
Our past performances include contract work for the National Association of Social Workers (NASWVA), the New Jersey Association for Mental Health and Addictions Agencies (NJAMHAA), The Fenway Institute at Fenway Community Health (Boston, MA), Sacred Circle (Alexandria, VA), and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).
We have also teamed with Highlight Technologies as Research & Development lead at the US Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development (OPEPD). Also, in the education arena, we conducted a feasibility study for the Lazarski School of Commerce and Law in Warsaw, Poland, and implemented an institutional level solution based on it that affected English language teaching curriculum and methodology in a dynamic global education environment.
With SRA International we were part of a dynamic technical solution proposed to the federal government and evolved and defended over a two-year period. We also teamed with Business Community Synergies as technical solutions grantwriter for mission-critical analytic human capacity-building and training at a federal national security agency.