The Gandhi Effect®

Training in nonviolence, mindful leadership and compassion

“An individual can adopt the way of life of the future – the non-violent way – without having to wait for others to do so.  And if an individual can do it, cannot whole groups of individuals?  Whole nations?” – Mahatma Gandhi 

The Change Model

In 2010, at the World Economic Forum in Tanzania, Klaus Schwab challenged the Young Global Leaders to visualize their personal model of change. That sparked Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy (YGL ’09) to map out “The Gandhi Effect” with a basic premise: in order to lead others, you must first be a leader in your own life AND individual transformation drives social change.

Peace Summit Debut

In 2011, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy debuted The Gandhi Effect® workshop to a standing-room-only audience at the Newark Peace Education Summit which was hosted by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. She also arranged for her teacher/mentor Historical Icon and Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch to be on the opening panel with the Dalai Lama, as well as a special guest for her workshop. 

Global Training

The Gandhi Effect® is a workshop and training on nonviolence, mindful leadership and compassion for social change agents. Since 2011, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy has led programs around the world – from Kansas City to Hong Kong, often with her teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch as a special guest sharing her personal experience of marching with Gandhi. The program is offered as a keynote or workshop.

 “A small body of determined spirits fired by unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”  – Mahatma Gandhi

About The Program

Using the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi as the backdrop, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy will share insights and practical tools for personal transformation and mindful leadership. Gandhi believed that all people can shape and guide their lives according to the highest ideals, and that personal change and the ability to bring about social change are linked. Through intention and conscious action, we can collectively prepare the ground for “the world of tomorrow” today. In this interactive workshop, participants will:

  • Learn insights from the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Practice techniques and strategies for setting up their own “experiments with Truth” and creating “zones of peace” in their lives through tools such as breath control and meditation
  • Explore concepts such as non-violence and mindfulness, and use language to bring connection and compassion to all of their relationships.
  • Align personal values with opportunities for social impact, and practice ways to support their work as change agents.

They will learn how to apply these techniques to modern-day situations and use them as tools for more energy, productivity, creativity, joy, prosperity and peace. Participants will walk away inspired and informed — ready to make a positive impact.

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