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Integrating Mindfulness in Government and Politics Globally - The Mindfulness Initiative Story

member events May 20, 2021
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With the release of the landmark “Mindful Nation UK” publication by the Mindfulness Initiative presenting the impact of mindfulness within the UK Parliament, parliaments worldwide have begun introducing and advancing mindfulness initiatives for politicians and public service staff. The Mindfulness Initiative has led this global effort and has formed an International Mindfulness in Politics group composed of a community of global leaders leading efforts in their respective countries. Join this panel event with Chris Ruane, former UK Member of Parliament, Jamie Bristow, Director of the Mindfulness Initiative, Michael Apollo, Canadian co-lead for mindfulness in politics and Founder of the Mindful Society Global Institute and host Michele Milan, Chief Curator at the Mindful Society Global Institute. This panel will present the current global impact of the Mindfulness Initiative efforts, illustrate how the International Mindfulness in Politics community of leaders has formed, and offer members an opportunity to engage in questions and responses.

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Featured Speakers: Chris Ruane, Jamie Bristow, Michael Apollo

Chris Ruane, International Lead, The Mindfulness Initiative. Chris was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Clwyd North West up until 2019. Chris founded the All Party Parliamentary Group in 2014 and was Co-Chair for four of the six years up to 2019. He is now its Honorary President. Chris leads on developing the Mindfulness Initiative's relationships with politicians and mindfulness advocates in legislatures across the globe, and regularly speaks about mindfulness in politics and the experience of the UK parliament at events and conferences on behalf of the Mindfulness Initiative.

Jamie Bristow, Director, The Mindfulness Initiative. Jamie initially contributed to the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group's inquiry whilst he was Business Development Director at the digital mind-health platform, Headspace. He was then asked to take over as Director of the Mindfulness Initiative in spring 2015. In the past, Jamie has been an advertising executive, global brand director and climate change campaigner.

Michael Apollo RP, is the Founder of Mindful Society Global Institute and the A Mindful Society Conference. His work in organizations, academia, and building award-winning technologies has introduced millions of people worldwide to the research and practice of mindfulness. Michael is the former Director of Mindfulness Programs at the University of Toronto, is a registered psychotherapist and is certified as a teacher mentor in mindfulness-based programs (MBSR and MBCT). He lives in Toronto and has a 5-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter whom continue to be his greatest mindfulness teachers.

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