On Friday, 17 May United Nations Academic Impact hosted a conference entitled “Unlocking Your Emotions to Achieve the SDGs” in which experts in the fields of emotional intelligence, mindfulness and nonviolent communication explained how these tools could be implemented in education and used to help achieve a more peaceful and prosperous world.
Read another interview with Alan Seid, a trainer in Nonviolent Communication who has worked with individuals, couples, families, and nonprofit, government, business, and academic organizations for more than 30 years. In this interview Mr. Seid explains the components of Nonviolent Communication, how this tool can improve relationships between people and organizations, why it should be taught in schools worldwide, and how it can contribute to a more sustainable and just world.
Teachers need to inspire so children can learn from them in an efficient and sustainable way. And in the business world, nowadays, we can only obtain our objectives through and with people. Therefore, if we want to thrive, we need people to thrive with us. To do so, in either of the cases, we need to create the highest quality of connection possible with our peers, people who we lead or teach, and our relationships in general, so we can create trust, love, respect, and be able to motivate, teach and inspire others.
We will never achieve a better relationship with anyone else than the one we can achieve with ourselves. To do so, we must be accountable for our thoughts, feelings, and actions in order to liberate ourselves from our unconscious needs, from our wounds, and from our past, and therefore, liberate our relationships from external suffering. This way, we will not need our friends, our family members and our couples to fulfill our needs, because we will be already doing that. We will love them because they make our lives even better, healthier, and happier than they already are. And they must do the same for themselves. We are then free to truly love ourselves and others.
Building empathy and resilience through Emotional Intelligence is crucial for improving post-conflict countries’ sustainability, development, and the well-being and happiness of their people in the short-run, while accelerating their social and economic recovery in the long-run. Teaching Emotional Intelligence in schools means teaching the necessary skills for living a happy life. Many schools around the world have already implemented Social and Emotional Learning curriculum into their classes, and have improved students’ performance, social lives, and emotional stability, as research shows.
We need to teach children not only how to do math and read English, but also how to understand and navigate their emotions, how to focus and adapt, and how to build positive connections with others. SEL should be incorporated into post-conflict child protection, education, and reintegration programs to help kids who suffer from child trafficking, extreme violence, and war injustices.
Motaz is able to study in Spain thanks to a scholarship from the university and an innovative program the school offers called INTEGRA. The program, founded in 2016, teaches refugee students the skills they need to cope with stress, depression and the trauma they have experienced using Emotional Intelligence skills and mindfulness techniques. Over the last three years, the program has worked with 15 refugee students.
In this interview, Dr. Goleman talks about the components of his model of Emotional Intelligence, how leaders could benefit from implementing this tool in their workplace and how Emotional Intelligence can help people who have experienced trauma recover.