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Social Mindfulness Mindfulness-Based Organisational Education by Mark Leonard
Mark Leonard

IPA evaluated Social Mindfulness: Mindfulness-Based Organisational Education (MBOE) by Mark Leonard.
IPA endorsed MBOE without condition.
MBOE meets the criteria established by IPA, ensuring the quality and integrity of the program.
Key in MBOE is the social aspect, the lower dose, and the target beneficiaries of the program.
Recognition is granted for a period of 3 years.

IPA recognition of Mindfulness-Based Organisational Education (MBOE) is highly significant because this creates a new model of ‘social mindfulness’ as a force for change.

Coming from a background in sustainability, my motivation for helping to establish the Oxford Mindfulness Centre in 2008 was to make mindfulness accessible, to address the systemic crisis we face today. MBOE evolved from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in two stages; first as stress workplace reduction, and then to improve psychological safety to change organisational culture.

IPA examined MBOE theoretical foundations, evidence-base, curriculum, and pedagogy to ensure that it combined innovation with a solid foundation of mindfulness practice. Once IPA had thoroughly scrutinized MBOE, they recognised it as the first of a new category of ‘moderated low-dose Mindfulness-Based Programme’. This category recognises that outcomes of mindfulness programmes depend on the right mix of social learning, educational content, and mindfulness practice for any particular context.

  1. This acknowledgment is hugely important to me because:
    it opens the door to a new mindfulness-based approach, which can empower organisations, communities, and society in these changing times
  2. it endorses the value of the work I have put into making mindfulness a force for change

A group of international collaborators are now working to disseminate social mindfulness and the MBOE programme, see to find out more.

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