"Einstein once said, 'the problems that face us cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness that created them'.
What we need is a shift in consciousness."
The 100Hours’ approach is based on the understanding that genuinely sustainable societies, and sustainable well being and happiness, require establishing people’s hearts and minds in positive universal qualities of heart and mind including compassion, loving-kindness, wisdom, mindfulness, generosity, integrity, responsibility, and honesty.
These internal qualities of heart and mind then manifest externally as:
1.) The foundation for living for individuals, families, local communities, organizations, and society
2.) The foundation for effectively adapting to major social, economic and environmental change, and
3.) The foundation for sustainable well being and happiness in society.
Our work at the 100Hours has focused on how to create such a foundation.
Multiplied throughout a nation and its youth, these qualities of heart and mind would create the foundation for a society to wisely adapt to change, and to the impact of rapid modernization and globalization without losing core essential values. They also support people in learning how to effectively address major social, economic and environmental challenges.
Our curricula-in-development are intended to help create such a transformation throughout society. In the busyness and chaos of modern culture, young people, and increasingly adults as well, often experience a disconnection with these deeper universal principles, practices, and values.
Our strategy for expanding and deepening the social impact of this work includes the following five elements:
1 Flexibility, Adaptability & Agility
Quickly adapting to a wide variety of changing physical, technological and cultural conditions; continually learning, evolving, and recreating to be optimally appropriate to changing needs; flexible, adaptable and agile content, format, delivery mode and style; modular, experiential (rather than merely informational), and based on universal principles that transcend traditional boundaries of culture, race, and faith.
Seeking out and creating highly leveraged opportunities by partnering with key “change” organizations / institutions.
This can include direct training of their leadership and/or integrating The I00Hours principles and practices into a partner's existing programs, curricula and trainings for personal and leadership development. A primary sector for partnership is educational institutions and systems, especially prototypes that are likely to be used as models for creating other similar institutions nationally, regionally and globally. Other sectors for developing partnerships and training their leaders include NGOs, business, lGOs, select governmental and civil society organizations; The100Hours' partnership with The Humanitarian Water and Food Awards, the UN, and the World Expo are examples.
A. Building the capacity to develop trainers who are capable of training and developing facilitators, both internally within TheI00 Hours’ organization, and within partner organizations.
B. Making extensive and creative use of the entire range of learning and information technologies such as distance/e-learning and multi-media (e.g. television, radio, ﬁlm, print, audio, video ) distribution technologies and channels, particularly the Internet.
4 Focusing On Developing Leaders And Leadership Capabilities
Developing leadership in individuals, families, villages and communities, businesses, societies, world. i.e. a vertically and horizontally integrated leadership development model.
Creating synergies between participants and between participant organizations through networking them with one another. This can be done by:
A. Using existing social, business and other networks
B. Networking 100Hours' alumni with one another: i. Within particular working groups ii. Networking whole groups with each other iii. Networking participating schools, organizations, institutions with each other (e.g. business to business; business to civil society groups, etc)