Applied Compassion Capstone Projects
A defining component of the ACT program is the creation and delivery of an Applied Compassion Capstone Project. Each participant is supported, using the principles and practices of the training, to design and deliver a project that brings compassion into their unique real-world setting. This could be a classroom, an office, a health care system, or a community of which they are a part. Here are some of the inspiring Capstone Projects from this year's ACT participants who are bringing compassion into the world in powerful ways.
ACT 2020 Featured Capstone Projects
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our inner space:
training for volunteers,
the community they Serve
Cultivating Compassion at the gap, inc.
Deepening compassion through mindfulness
"The ACT faculty, training, teachings, the wonderful projects, and my cohort were the push I needed to spread compassion."
- Sandra Sanabria Bohórquez, Scientist, Genetech
"I became the change I wanted to see in the world."
- Breana Teubner, Head of Strategy and Operations, Banana Republic
"I've learned to embody compassion and better care for my patients, my colleagues and myself."
- Al'ai Alvarez, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Chair, EM, Stanford University School of Medicine
"ACT helped me become
an Ambassador of Applied Compassion by reminding
and teaching me the necessity of action." - Nelly Alandou, Painter
The Corona Compassion Community
in the Netherlands
"The ACT Training prepared me to become a force for embodying compassion and applying it in real-world situations."
- Barbara Piper-Roelofs, MA
Founder, BeRooted, The Lead Academy within the Institute for Positive Health in The Netherlands
scientists at Stanford navigating stress
Distributed in 26
languages in 26 countries
"ACT helped me get out of my comfort zone and explore new ways to help others. Learning by doing is key."
- Antoine de Morree, PhD, Instructor Stanford University
"The compassionate teachers who provide guidelines, teachings and encouragement enables one to birth a Capstone project that reaches individuals, communities, and the world!" - Sue Linville Shaffer, Ed.D, LMFT
"My Capstone Project has brought me immense personal and professional satisfaction from seeing a small seed grow and even bear fruit in a truly short time.”- Alena Skrbkova, Organizational Psychologist
The Overlooked Participant:
Specialized Bereavement Assisted Suicide
A Compassionate Approach
to work life balance
"The ACT program and being an Ambassador
required me to actively seek out opportunities and take an active role in being a facilitator and leader." - Ratnesh Sharma, IT Leader
"ACT gave me hope for a better world. Our cohort is a diverse global village with a common desire to elevate humanity through
caring, compassion, and presence."
- Dr. Leslie Jane Aspis
A Bilingual Podcast
The Center for Compassion and Altruism
at the texas medical ctr.
"ACT challenged me to think differently and my creative river has found a bed." - Lina Cuartas, Author, Artist, Colombia, Brasil, Peru, Amazon Rainforest
"I'm now able to show that compassion creates a better work environment and proven significant health benefits."
- Gaylynn Thomas, RN, BSN, Entrepreneur, Director of Business Development, TMCx
ACT 2020 Celebrated Alumni
and Capstone Projects
in Response to Current Events
"I feel prepared, comfortable, qualified and energized to step forward as a leader of compassion. I'm incredibly grateful for this!"
- Masen Ewald
With individual Clients
"In helping my clients move forward, my own life was changed for the better."
-Adrienne Kernan, RN
"The capstone project pushed me to put my experience and knowledge out there and share it with others." - Amy Jue Wang
"This training deepened my understanding of what compassion is and opened a new perspective into what I'm capable of."
- Chantal Paulson, CEO
workshops with Seniors
Mindfulness & Food
for people with diabetes
Navigating Everyday Life a Practice
"I am forever changed by ACT! The trainings, the resources and the guest speakers have been invaluable. What a wealth of knowledge and expertise!"
- Barbara King, Yoga and Meditation Teacher
"I have the choice and voice to share compassion with the world!"
- Bryan Lian MS RD CEDRD-S
"My Capstone Project gave me a profound opportunity to deepen my own compassion practices and embody them
in the world."
- Brooke Cassoff