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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 2021 Capstone Projects – Cohort 1 

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Circles of Care
The Act of Listening 

Compassion Conversation Cafe 

A Power of Facing
Compassion and Courage in the Face of Global Suffering

Story Medicine 

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"Being a part of ACT has been a life-changing experience for me, and the best part has been meeting people from all over the world with the same intention to be ambassadors of compassion in so many different spheres."
Dr. Pitsi Kewana, Clinician Engagement Manager

"The Capstone Project empowered me to facilitate others in noticing the impact of their compassion and this motivated them into action. The entire process deepened my own understanding and has also motivated me stay in action." 
Pat Obuchowski, Executive, Leadership and Team Coach

"The process of developing my Capstone led me on a deep personal journey into the true sources of my motivation and reminded me of the skills and gifts I already have to share."
Alex Nunn, Head of Movement Building, Action for Happiness

"My Capstone project has given me greater awareness of the interconnectedness of compassion practices and indigenous thinking. I've been able to see and share the wisdom teachings embedded within old, traditional, storytelling." Renda Dionne Madrigal, Psychologist and Author

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Sound for the People
Heart of Rest Immersion

Compassion Changes Everything

Open Hearts, Training and Community

Embedding Compassion, Habits & Culture in Philanthropy


"My Capstone Project first and foremost changed ME for the better — it changed the way I think, believe in myself, and conduct myself.  ACT gave me the support and validation to make my dream of serving others in this way a reality."
Coleman Coleman,  Transformative Space Creator & Wellness Researcher


"My Capstone created a CCARE satellite unit in Brazil, and this allowed me not only to be an ambassador of compassion, but to potentially offer millions of people the opportunity to take a big step towards happiness, health, and harmony. Learning by doing is key."
Ivo Machado, Entrepreneur, Neuroscience Researcher, Medicine Student

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"ACT provided a safe space to dive deep into who I really am and what I wanted to bring to the world. It is learning by example in a beautiful shared way." Henriette Ankone, Futurist, Writer and Life Coach

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"My Capstone project resulted in new day-to-day operations, a skill-building retreat and a set of behaviors at our organization that illustrate the culture our philanthropy needs to achieve its mission.”Todd Vogel, Ph.D., Managing Director, Loom Foundation

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The Overlooked Participant:

Specialized Bereavement Assisted Suicide

A Compassionate Approach

to work life balance

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"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

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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

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"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

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Fire Work

Compassionate Action

in Response to Current Events

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"I feel prepared, comfortable, qualified and energized to step forward as a leader of compassion. I'm incredibly grateful for this!" 

Masen Ewald

Compassionate Coaching

With individual Clients

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"In helping my clients move forward, my own life was changed for the better."

 -Adrienne Kernan, RN 

Compassion for

Cancer Survivors


"The capstone project pushed me to put my experience and knowledge out there and share it with others." Amy Jue Wang

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"This training deepened my understanding of what compassion is and opened a new perspective into what I'm capable of." 

-  Chantal Paulson, CEO


Compassion Mountain

workshops with Seniors



 Mindfulness & Food 

Self-Compassion Training

for people with diabetes 

Leading with Compassion 

Creating an innovative

and thriving workplace


"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


"Discovering how to embody the principles of compassion

helped me to model and encourage compassionate behavior in the workplace." 

-Eli Bauer

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Compassionate conversations 

De-escalating Conflict


"I am finally doing exactly what I’ve been searching and training for most of my life. I am most excited and grateful that I was able to participate in ACT!" 

-Vivienne Gabrielle Antal

Compassion Talks:

Self-Care and

Social Work


"Applying Compassion in the workplace, for loved ones, for strangers, for the sake of humanity is a heart-filled mission."

LaShelle Natsuko Burch, LCSW

Compassion Practices for Emerging Leaders


"Being in this program has helped me to feel I'm a part of a community of like-minded people. In short, I feel less alone, which is life changing." Daisy Swan

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"ACT allowed me to fortify

my compassion, deepen my knowledge and learn more tools and practices. I’ve become a more confident, loving and empowered Ambassador of Compassion" 

-Tom Fandre

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Volunteers in Medicine bringing compassion into

a free healthcare clinic

Applying Compassion To Retrouvaille Couples

Love in the Time

of Covid

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Compassionate Listening

community support through listening


"The ACA Capstone Project has helped me to appreciate the basic principles of compassion. Compassion is now a primary filter of my personal experience.

-  Gard Jameson

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"I learned how to be a compassionate leader."

Adriana Medeiros,

  Executive Director CafeKind


"By learning to love and heal ourselves first, we can love and heal our spouse. Through ACT I've made friendships that will last the rest of my life, priceless!" Eliana Reeves

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"I am now able to apply my training as an Ambassador of Compassion allowing me to view the world and others through a clearer more loving lens." 

Nina Y. Mesina

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Us, Them and Me

increasing our circle of

"us" within healthcare

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"My eyes have been opened to endless opportunities to impact, influence, and inspire others to embody compassion. There is no compassion without action!"

Elena Jensen

The Connection Cure: Compassion through community

Mindful Compassion

While Living

With Cancer

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"I've experienced the power of opening our circles of belonging, creating brave space for vulnerable connection and reciprocity with and between others.

Lisa Daron Grossman

"I've become more open-hearted and full of gratitude for the opportunity to share compassion with my


Karen A. Mott, BSN, RN, OCN

Developing Compassion-based Mindfulness


"Wow! This has been the most uplifting course of my life! It has helped me to challenge the way I live my life. I am finding my courage to be ready and willing to act."

Dr. Maureen Wilks, Author, and Professor

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Compassion with Colleagues

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"This program has given me the framework to launch a consulting business. I’m truly inspired and grateful." 

Marisa Lascher

Compassionate Leadership in Action


"The ACA Capstone Project pushed me to learn more, experience more, and distill more to create a product that would help others in need."

Danna Hoshino

Contemplating Peace and Social Justice

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"Neelama, Monica, and Robert's way of guiding and facilitating has inspired me as a practitioner and as a teacher, but more than that, as a human being." 

Donna J. McInnis

Guiding High School Students in Mindfulness 


"This project has helped me become an Ambassador of Compassion. It provided the opportunity to turn my dreams into action!

Liya Bromberg

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The Serenity Lounge

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"Participating in ACT has allowed me to see our shared humanity."

Andrea Ayala Roche

Thought Virus:

Self-Worth, Worthiness

and Unworthiness


"My capstone project allowed me to dive deeper and explore the concept of worthiness and unworthiness as the greatest stumbling block to compassion."

Gabriele Hilberg,Ph.D., MFT


Humility Blog

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"My Capstone Project was a personal journey into the exploration of compassion. I grew as the blog grew and was able to fully grasp and embody the principles of compassion."

Luan M. Wilfong

A Compassionate Response to COVID-19

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"My intention with ACA was to embody compassion in all aspects of my life. Now I feel honored to spread the love.

-Lee Elizabeth Sowles

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Self Compassion

for Healthcare Providers 

Cultivating Mindfulness and Compassion in Design Higher Education

The Serenity Lounge

Are You A Considerate Supervisor?

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"ACT has profoundly changed my life. I see my project and role as an Ambassador of Compassion as the pebble dropped in a pond, creating ripples of opportunity for self compassion principles to be shared." -Lynn Chiarello

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"I found a little corner of the world that knows how essential, transformative and impactful compassion is. I felt the ease and creativity to put the practice back into the world without doubt or hesitation. This course was the perfect fit for where I am in my life." 

-Christina Worsing


"ACT is an enriching journey

of growth and transformation. The family-like affinity I feel towards my cohort members

is truly extraordinary." 

-Christina Tan

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"This training has transformed my approach to disruptive behavior in the workplace. To focus on applied compassion is to build a better culture at work. I designed a capstone aligned with my life’s intentions.” 

- Michelle Carlstrom

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Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living


"My capstone project moved me into action. The ACT training has shown me that compassion can happen everyday in small amounts, and that compassion IS unconditional!

Isabel Vega Montilla


"This program will introduce you to a welcoming community of likeminded professionals

that you can learn from, collaborate with, and grow alongside as you make your journey into the arena of becoming an Ambassador of Applied Compassion.

Yvonne Tally

Author, Inspirational Speaker

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Are You Ready to Be an Ambassador

of Applied Compassion?

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Be the change!

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