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.”


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’.”

Cover Story of the Point Grey Living magazine!:)

Hello everyone,

The School of Inquiry appears on the front cover of the Point Grey Living magazine, Dec. 2016! There is also an article on The Nature of Inquiry on pp. 4-6. To read the story and see more pictures, please click here!


Question of the Month

The School of Inquiry posts a question every month in the window to engage the community in inquiry 🙂 

Some people who pass  by the School stop and read the question, some leave an answer, and some walk away, but I’m sure they have the question lingering at the back of their mind for even a short time 😉

Here are the questions posted so far and their pictures:

  1. Nov. 2016: What do you think we can do to create a stronger sense of community on Point Grey?
  2. Dec. 2016: What makes life worth living for you?
  3. Jan. & Feb. 2017: What do you fear most in life?
  4. March 2017: What is your biggest question in life?
  5. April 2017: What is love to you? How can we spread more love in the world?
  6. May 2017: What are the 3 things you like/love the most about your life?
  7. June 2017: What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
  8. July 2017: How can you achieve your most noble dreams in life?
  9. Aug. 2017: What are your thoughts on this quote by Albert Camus: “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”



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Halloween at The School of Inquiry!

Hi everyone,

This is a belated post on Halloween at The School of Inquiry 🙂 But I thought to post the pictures as the children were absolutely cute, and so much engaged in the event that the Point Grey Village had organized on Sat. Oct. 29.

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Mahboubeh (Mah)

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The School of Inquiry & the Point Grey Village Outdoor Market

The School of Inquiry participated in the Point Grey Village Outdoor Market today at West 10th and Sasamat St. from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. It was a beautiful day and we were lucky to have a table promoting the School and its diverse, rich programs of Fall (e.g. Arts & Crafts, Robotics, Learn French with Stories, Miniature Baking/Cooking). Thanks to all who visited us at our table and showed interest in our work and classes.

Note: Recently added to our program is The Ta Daa Lady show which will be performed by the fun-loving soul “Angela Brown” who clowns, dances and mimes and creates a wonderful space for not only children, but adults/all ages. The show will  be at the School every Saturday 1:00-2:00 for 2 months (Drop-in: $5.00 per child/adult).


The School of Inquiry is open now!

The School of Inquiry had its soft opening in July 16. It is a beautiful and peaceful place to do inquiry. If you have an inquisitive mind, register for our classes.

Thanks to everyone for their warm wishes and lovely presence.

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Young People and Drugs: Engaging Families and Communities in the Conversation.

Presenters: Dan Reist, Alexandra Wilson, & Mahboubeh Asgari
Date & Time: March 2, 2016, 1:00-2:00 & 2:00-3:00
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver (Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative Conference)

This workshop will explore the challenges involved when engaging families and communities in discussions about drugs within a pluralistic society. Participants will explore the principles and techniques of philosophical inquiry as a way to develop understanding rather than accentuate disagreement. Participants will have a chance to experience how these principles and techniques might be used in a variety of contexts.

Engaging Schools in Dialogue: Promoting Drug Literacy through Philosophical Inquiry

Presenter: Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari

Date & Time: Friday, May 13, 2016, 2:30-4:30

Location: UBC, Scarfe Library Block room 278

In collaboration with CARBC (Centre for Addictions Research of BC), Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari has used EPI as both the content and means of professional development for high school teachers in order to help facilitate a non-stereotyped, open, and thoughtful discussion on drug use related topics. In this EPI symposium, she will highlight the structure and development of her work along with some examples of lesson plans and teaching/learning tools that incorporate elements of EPI.