Optimising social, environmental and culture change in the workplace

Course details

Course Title

Optimising social, environmental and culture change in the workplace

Course Leaders

Rachel Lilley and Diana Reynolds

How long is the Masterclass?

One Day 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Who is the Masterclass for?

Mindfulness Teachers

Where is the Masterclass?

Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road, Oxford. OX2 6PN

How many people on each Masterclass

Up to 45

How much does the Masterclass cost?

£130 (including Lunch)

What is the Masterclass about?

The impact of mindfulness-based interventions can go well beyond obvious outcomes such as wellbeing and collaboration.   Research has demonstrated that workplace mindfulness training has the potential to bring about behaviour change, social and environmental change. This includes areas such as developing carbon reduction initiatives, waste and recycling schemes, equality and diversity,  as well as creating transformative organisational practices to support change making, internally and externally. Mindfulness training can thus have a deep impact on behaviour through turning values into action and addressing the (common) intention-outcome gap where good intention does not necessarily result in organisational action.

The masterclass will enable participants to discover how they can anchor their practice into an ongoing inquiry into ethics, values and behaviour while still honouring and attending skilfully to the issues that individuals and organisations bring to the process.  Compelling research and practice at the interface between mindfulness, and environmental/social change and ethics will be presented. Participants will come to understand how these contemporary understandings of behaviour change principles can underpin mindfulness-based teaching practice.

We will explore case-studies of mindfulness-based teaching within workplace contexts in which there has been a deliberate orientation towards social/environmental change. And we will use these as a springboard to consider some of the ethical tensions and dilemmas that arise within these processes.

Rachel Lilley will lead the masterclass with Diana Reynolds inputting on exemplar case studies from work within Welsh Government, specifically linking mindfulness and behaviour change interventions to the delivery of the Future Generations and Well Being Act, a key and world leading piece of public sector legislation.

Who are Rachel Lilley and Diana Reynolds?

Rachel is a PhD candidate in Human Geography at Aberystwyth University.  As a Senior Manager Rachel has over 20 years’ experience working  on environmental, individual and organisational changes, focusing on practical design and delivery of sustainability behaviour change projects in the community.  Rachel works with both public and private sector clients on behaviour change and mindfulness, sometimes together and sometimes separately.  Rachel has also worked intensively with the Welsh Government as part of a research programme, developing and delivering innovative approaches to project and organisational development using behaviour change and mindfulness.

Diana is currently Sustainable Development Change Manager for Welsh Government, where she manages a long term change programme.  Diana supports the organisational development and behaviour change of the civil servants in the Welsh Government and also contributes to the delivery of wider cultural change as part of public service reform in Wales.  From the UK Sustainable Development Commission and the European Institute of Public Administration Diana received national and international acclaim for her work on Cymru Ar-lein and Llywio’r Llygoden and for her work as head of Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Policy from the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

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