Social Innovation: Drug education takes a philosophical route

Hello everyone,

In the past two years, I have been working on a research project called “Using Philosophical Inquiry in Drug Education” with UBC and CARBC (Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia) through the postdoctoral fellowship I received from Mitacs (a national organization that builds partnerships between academia, industry, and the world – to create a more innovative Canada). Mitacs has recently published an Impact Story of this project and reflected it as Social Innovation 🙂 You can read the story here.

“In a society where we are bombarded with messages from the media, ads, and all different kinds of information, I believe children need the skills to be able to think for themselves and to be critical about mass information.”

Enjoy!

Mahboubeh (Mah)

Philosophical Inquiry at the Queen Mary Elementary School :)

Hello all,

I was invited by two lovely teachers, Ms. Maria King and Ms. Meredith Hall, at the Queen Mary Elementary School yesterday. I facilitated a discussion on the topic of ‘friendship’ in their classes. It was an amazing experience and I’m humbled by their comments:

“Mahboubeh, that was one of the best, most positive, deepest experiences with my class. Thank you for your power, gentleness, kindness, deep empathy, deep listening, and caring.”

“The discussion deepened as the students truly listened to each other. She created a space of respect and quiet for the students to reflect and empathize with each other. It was a magical experience, it seemed like no time had passed at all as we were so absorbed in the dialogue. It was so deep and so incredibly beautiful, it expanded all of our viewpoints and engaged us in a very meaningful discussion and allowed us to see the bigger perspective for all ‘Humanity’.”
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