Knowledge-Shaping Solutions was registered in metro Washington DC’s Old Town Alexandria in 2010 by Lynne D’Amico, PhD, an independent educational linguist and transformational learning specialist.
We work in higher education and global healthcare, providing fee-based consulting as well as in-kind services in support of our mission and vision. Visit our blog a at www.MindTame.org.
Our mission is to promote peacebuilding, social justice, and collective wellness through transformational learning intended to produce unifying social change. To that end, we innovate and promote new pathways for conflict resolution, based on evidence-based ethnographic studies informing an understanding of interpersonal conflict and connection, the larger pragmatic picture of human interpersonal behavior.
We see development of the intellect as a process of self-actualization that is intimately linked to relational mindfulness, a critical dependency in promoting cooperative, productive, and satisfying living and working in a complex and diverse human world.
Core to our mission is novel understanding of self as a dynamic, emerging, and relational force of mind, a view that is illustrated and taught in Force of Mind, Song of Heart (D’Amico, 2014) and endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Based on novel interpretations suggested in D’Amico (2014) and endorsed by the Dalai Lama, we suggest new understanding that offers the potential to serve as the basis for impactful and innovative community-engaged interventions based on the practice of compassionate cooperation.
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 heals separated minds, a requirement for building compassionate communities, civil societies, and a responsible world.
Our approach is pragmatic and collaborative.
Working toward our vision
There are many different dimensions to this work, all of which support our vision directly or indirectly.
One important dimension is participating in professional conferences in an effort to create interdisciplinary linkages with the pragmatics of interpersonal conflict and connection.
Another dimension involves actively engaging with communities of interest where conflict resolution, human rights, empathic relationships, and compassionate communities of care are desired outcomes.
Currently, we are organizational partner to the Charter for Compassion, Higher Education Consulting, and Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development.
Currently, we serve as Monitoring & Evaluation External Reviewer for a global healthcare and human rights initiative funded by an anonymous US federal agency through Harvard Medical School and The Fenway Institute at 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.
For the Charter for Compassion’s Education Institute (CEI), we are developing a comprehensive online course, which will be offered by the 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.
Within our local community, we continue to lead the Prince Street Practicum for Conscious Living, a community group we organized in 2002 to promote the pragmatics of secular ethics.
Through Sacred Circle Bookstore at 919 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, we also coach individual clients interested in relationship problem-solving and decision-making aimed at improving partnership and family dynamics.
Regarding our ongoing commitment to international development and education, we support educational initiatives in the Haitian Community through the South Florida Haitian church community, headed by Pastor Boniface Beaubrun. In the wake of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people, the United Nations News Center reports that six years later, 1.5 million people are still homeless and more than 60,000 are still displaced and living in deteriorating camps. Because funding for humanitarian projects has decreased significantly, our efforts to help are critical to the children who would otherwise not be able to attend school or eat.
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.