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
Circles of Care
The Act of Listening
Compassion Conversation Cafe
A Power of Facing
Compassion and Courage in the Face of Global Suffering
"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
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
"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
"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
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
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