Mindful Cities

Imagine flourishing communities built on mindful leadership, compassion, and inclusivity. Through our Mindful Cities Initiative, we’re on the ground with visionary civic leaders engaging mindfulness training to foster flourishing communities.

Over the last year, we’ve heard from a growing number of  civic leaders aspiring to bring mindfulness practices into their efforts to create flourishing communities.

They are seeing the benefits of mindfulness programs in their local schools, hospitals, and businesses, and they have a vision for breaking down the silos to bring mindfulness training to civic leaders across all sectors in their cities.

But with no background in the mindfulness world, these civic leaders weren’t sure where to start. They turned to us for help, and the Mindful Cities Initiative was born.

Video: Mindful Cities in Flint, Michigan

Video: Mindful Cities in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

What is the Mindful Cities Initiative?

Mindful Cities is a social innovation initiative designed to help each city achieve success with their unique plan to bring mindfulness-based programs into their community.

Ways we are helping include:

  • Connecting city leaders to the best experts, partners and programs for their community
  • Developing resources and databases for aspiring Mindful Cities
  • Providing material, programs and campaigns for community education about mindfulness and its benefits
  • Consulting with civic leaders about their plans and collaborations to bring in mindfulness training programs
  • Creating networks, conferences, and webinars.

The Mindful Cities projects herald a new phase in the development of mindfulness in society. People are now increasingly talking about the benefits of mindfulness practice in holistic terms, about personal wellness and public health, about mindfulness in the classroom and its role in public education.

Civic leaders are at the forefront of this development.

Mindful Cities Pilot Phase

Now in a pilot phase, Mindful Cities is working in three areas: Flint, MI, Jackson Hole, WY, and Boston, MA. We’ve launched in communities where we can support local champions who are already doing this work, and who have support networks in the community that are ready to build upon.

There are two specific projects under way:

PHOTO Rich Fernandez, CEO of SIYLI, Michelle Maldonado, SIYLI teacher, Gerry Myers, CEO of the Crim Fitness Foundation, and Jim Gimian, Executive Director, Foundation for a Mindful Society, at the launch of “Collective Wisdom” in May 2019.

In Flint, over 100 civic leaders from across all sectors have recently taken part in Collective Wisdom, a two-day gathering featuring the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute  mindfulness training program, the first program of its kind anywhere.

Read local media coverage of this event.

In Jackson Hole, city leaders and leading neuroscientists are coming together at the Becoming Jackson Whole Summit, where they will fashion a unique mindfulness-based training program for fostering collaborative leadership and a flourishing city.

Funding the Mindful Cities Initiative

We are now seeking philanthropic support to hire dedicated staff and launch the next phase of the Mindful Cities Initiative. All the costs to date have been underwritten by the Foundation for a Mindful Society, but we need your help to do more.

How Can I Get Involved in the Mindful Cities Initiative?

If you are interested in joining the Mindful Cities Initiative, please e-mail [email protected] with the following information:

About me:

  • Name, email, telephone number, and current work or project

About my organization:

  • Name, key leader, contact information and website

My city:

  • Name, short description of current mindfulness projects by sector (e.g., education, health, first responders) (100-200 words), and resources and funding possibilities for Mindful Cities activities

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What is Mindfulness? 

Are you supposed to clear your mind, or focus on one thing? Here’s the Mindful definition of Mindfulness. Read More 

  • Mindful Staff
  • October 8, 2014

Inside Mindful


Not Your Standard Media Projects 

How mindfulness can engage whole systems within our communities and spur social innovation, from James Gimian, the Executive Director of the Foundation for a Mindful Society. Read More 

  • James Gimian
  • March 12, 2018

Poised for A Fresh Start 

How we’ll support mindfulness momentum with energy and vision in the new year, from James Gimian, the Executive Director of the Foundation for a Mindful Society. Read More 

  • James Gimian
  • January 22, 2018

A Time for Gratitude and Aspiration 

Reflecting on the work of bringing mindfulness to all parts of society, to all parts of the country, and into the most challenging situations. Read More 

  • James Gimian
  • December 21, 2017