1440 Awards and Sponsorships

Since its inception, 1440 Foundation has sought to support the best ideas, programs, and leaders in bringing greater mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion into the world. In addition to our grant-making efforts, 1440 has sponsored awards programs on our own and with other organizations. We began by supporting the Ashoka Activating Empathy Competition. Last summer, we hosted our own 1440 Challenge. This fall, we joined with The Mind and Life Institute to create the Mind and Life 1440 Awards for Real-world Contemplative Research. We are now proud to sponsor the Wisdom Awards in partnership with Wisdom 2.0.

2013 Wisdom Awards

Wisdom 2.0 and 1440 Foundation would like to congratulate the winner of the 2013 Wisdom Awards, Inner Explorer!

The Inner Explorer programs use an audio-guided format to deliver Mindfulness Based Social Emotional Learning (MBSEL) content to students in PreK-12 classrooms. They follow the widely studied Mindfulness Base Stress Reduction (MBSR) protocol with age appropriate modifications in language and length. Each program consists of an 18 week series of 90 MP3 recordings (50 recordings for PreK-K) for use every day in every classroom. Each 10-minute track facilitates the development of self-awareness, self-control, resilience and compassion, all critical skills for success in school and success in life.

Inner Explorer:

Wisdom 2.0 and 1440 Foundation would also like to congratulate the Wisdom Awards finalists and thank all who put such great creativity, heart and wisdom into their applications.

  • Embedding Mindfulness into Corporate Culture: a unique training program helping organizations fully appreciate and actualize the benefits of mindfulness.
  • Engage Wisdom: a crowdsourcing tool that uses advanced audio/video technology to allow individuals and communities to preserve, study and curate spoken wisdom.
  • Headstand: a non-profit dedicated to empowering students in economically disadvantaged communities through the practice of yoga and mindfulness training using in-person and online resources.
  • Life Constellation: a carefully constructed “model of meaning” providing hundreds of questions to be used as a guide in exploring, articulating and expressing personal meaning and wisdom.

The Wisdom Award is designed to further develop the great ideas that help people learn and share awareness, wisdom, and compassion. The winner will receive a $25,000 lump-sum cash prize and ongoing mentorship. Winners will also receive exposure on a variety of social media and web outlets, as well as the opportunity to connect and engage with the wisdom community and other participants. Each finalist will receive a ticket to the February 2014 Wisdom 2.0 conference.

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2012 1440 Challenge

2012’s Winners of the 1440 Challenge from 1440 Foundation.

The 2012 1440 Challenge was our awards program — with prizes totaling $75,000 — aimed at further developing the best new ideas that help people learn, improve, and share the relationship skills of self-awareness, authenticity, trust, and empathy. These skills help people connect at deeper levels with themselves, each other, and their communities. By leveraging communication technology and social media, these entries sought to accelerate the development of these skills in the areas of education, wellness, or the workplace.

We reviewed close to 170 submissions, painstakingly selected our top 20 semi-finalists, and then further filtered that list down to six finalists. Each finalist was then invited to the 1440 office to present their idea in front of our judges panel. We received an exceptionally strong group of submissions, and were honored to review literally dozens of fresh ideas and insightful programs designed to promote self-awareness, empathy, authenticity and trust.

1440 Foundation assembled an all-star judges panel to review the six finalists: Pat Christen (president and CEO of HopeLab), Soren Gordhamer (founder and host of the Wisdom 2.0 Conference), Daniel J. Siegel, M.D (co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center), Chade-Meng Tan (whose honest-to-goodness title at Google is “Jolly Good Fellow”), Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D. (founder of the Upaya Institute and Zen Center), and Scott Kriens (co-founder with his wife Joanie of 1440 Foundation).

After much difficult deliberation, the judges selected the three winners who each received a $25,000 prize. In addition, all the semi-finalists received a complimentary ticket to the Wisdom 2.0 Conference in February of 2013, where they had the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals to help further their projects. Here are the entries of all the 1440 Challenge Semi-Finalists, Finalists, and Winners.

Ashoka Activating Empathy – Special Focus Prize

In 2012, the 1440 Foundation was pleased to award BrainBot the $10,000 Activating Empathy Special Focus Prize. BrainBot’s entry, Mindful Brains in School, was just what we were looking for to promote empathy in education through technology of social media. 1440 Foundation seeks the most innovative idea for leveraging technology and/or social media in education in a way that helps people learn, improve, and share the life skills of self-awareness, authenticity, and empathy. The 1440 Foundation is dedicated to helping cultivate these “authentic relationship skills” which are critical to helping people connect at deeper levels with themselves, each other, and their communities.

The Activating Empathy competition was born out of concern for this dangerous digital trend with one goal: Transforming schools to teach what matters. Applicants were asked to identify solutions that enable children to be effective citizens, leaders, and changemakers by equipping them with the skills to understand the perspectives of others while demonstrating the sustainability of their idea.

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