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“Peace is every step.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
about
Jason is a social impact designer-entrepreneur
by day and had been practicing mindfulness
and meditation for about 8 years...
intro
Sit mindfully
Walk beautifully
Work restfully
Eat joyfully
Listen deeply
Just be yourself
https://vimeo.com/jasonleow/summerinplumvillage
3
insights
one
peace in play
From this…
…to this.
Peace as silence and
stillness vs peace as
liveliness and
exuberance.
Peace is often seen as a mountaintop and
solitary pu...
How does peace in
play look like? How
might we tell – and
live - the difference?
two
peace at work
A story
“The spirit of Happy Farm is that we aren’t
only growing vegetables and organic food,
but also living and working in a way...
From this…
…to this.
Peace as destination
vs peace as journey,
at work.
Peace wasn’t just about the ends, but also
the means. How we treat one ...
How might we bring
practices of peace to
practices at work?
three
peace in pain
Diverse backgrounds
Safe space
1. Expressing gratitude
2. Sharing regrets
3. Expressing a hurt
4. Asking for support
Beginning anew
Peace in the absence
of hardship, vs peace
from it, with it.
Peace requires lots of work and an ongoing
commitment to prac...
How might we have a
spiritual commons
that’s useful for
nurturing interfaith
experiences?
closing
How might we have a spiritual
commons that’s useful for
nurturing interfaith
experiences?
How might we bring the
practices...
Just like plants grow towards
sunlight, we grow towards the
direction of our questions.
Our questions are our light.
Designing peace
Designing peace
Designing peace
Designing peace
Designing peace
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3 insights and design opportunities for designing peace.

I recently spoke at Q Tea, a pretty unique interfaith dialogue kind of event organised by Q Commons Singapore. How does peace look like in different traditions? Drawing on my experience in Plum Village, a Zen monastery and mindfulness practice centre in France where I once spent 3 months of winter in retreat with monks, nuns and lay practitioners, I shared my perspective of peace as part of the human experience of sacredness across religious, cultural and social divides, and pondered the possibility of a set of spiritual commons - guidelines, tools or group process - that might be useful for nurturing interfaith experiences.

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Designing peace

  1. 1. “Peace is every step.” Thich Nhat Hanh
  2. 2. about
  3. 3. Jason is a social impact designer-entrepreneur by day and had been practicing mindfulness and meditation for about 8 years now. Drawing on his three-month experience in Plum Village, a Zen monastery and mindfulness practice centre in France, Jason will be sharing his perspective of peace as part of the human experience of sacredness across religious, cultural and social divides, and ponders the possibility of a set of spiritual commons – values, guidelines, tools or group processes - that might be useful for nurturing interfaith experiences. This presentation is part of a Q Commons Singapore event on Sat 2 May 2015 at The Hub. www.jasonleow.sg
  4. 4. intro
  5. 5. Sit mindfully
  6. 6. Walk beautifully
  7. 7. Work restfully
  8. 8. Eat joyfully
  9. 9. Listen deeply
  10. 10. Just be yourself
  11. 11. https://vimeo.com/jasonleow/summerinplumvillage
  12. 12. 3 insights
  13. 13. one
  14. 14. peace in play
  15. 15. From this…
  16. 16. …to this.
  17. 17. Peace as silence and stillness vs peace as liveliness and exuberance. Peace is often seen as a mountaintop and solitary pursuit. But it can be also joy, laughter, play and exuberance with others. Peace in play feels different - wholesome, energizing, nourishing - compared to the depleting busyness of our city.
  18. 18. How does peace in play look like? How might we tell – and live - the difference?
  19. 19. two
  20. 20. peace at work
  21. 21. A story
  22. 22. “The spirit of Happy Farm is that we aren’t only growing vegetables and organic food, but also living and working in a way that cultivates happiness… So we are a happy farm, we are trying to grow happiness.” - Stuart
  23. 23. From this…
  24. 24. …to this.
  25. 25. Peace as destination vs peace as journey, at work. Peace wasn’t just about the ends, but also the means. How we treat one another along the way is as important, if not more, than the end outcomes in peace work.
  26. 26. How might we bring practices of peace to practices at work?
  27. 27. three
  28. 28. peace in pain
  29. 29. Diverse backgrounds
  30. 30. Safe space
  31. 31. 1. Expressing gratitude 2. Sharing regrets 3. Expressing a hurt 4. Asking for support Beginning anew
  32. 32. Peace in the absence of hardship, vs peace from it, with it. Peace requires lots of work and an ongoing commitment to practice peace together. A loving way to conflict resolution.
  33. 33. How might we have a spiritual commons that’s useful for nurturing interfaith experiences?
  34. 34. closing
  35. 35. How might we have a spiritual commons that’s useful for nurturing interfaith experiences? How might we bring the practices of peace to practices at work? How does peace in play look like? How might we tell – and live – the difference?
  36. 36. Just like plants grow towards sunlight, we grow towards the direction of our questions. Our questions are our light.

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