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October 27th-29th 2017

Omni Charlottesville Hotel, Charlottesville, Virginia

Spiritual Activism Action Focus Track


Civic Engagement from the Heart


Presented by: Ami Chen Mills-Naim
with Mara Gleason
(virtual), Eirik Grunde Olsen (virtual) & Dajohn White (virtual)


The Spiritual Activism track is geared toward helping participants create a better society, more peaceful communities, and a more representative politics for us all, based on activism that is grounded in wisdom and compassion.

Sessions will include:
Cross-Divide Dialogue, Foundational Principles that create and help us transcend ideology, Grounding and Self-Care, as well as a Free Discussion and “Insight-Storming” period.

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Ami Chen Mills-Naim

Ami Chen Mills-Naim is a global speaker, coach, trainer, editor and author of State of Mind in the Classroom: Thought, Consciousness and the Essential Curriculum for Healthy Learning, and The Spark Inside: A Special Book for Youth.

With her late father, the social scientist Dr. Roger Mills (considered a pioneer of “Three Principles” work globally) she co-founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Change, and served as its Executive Director and Education Director for a decade. In this role, she raised nearly one million dollars in funding for Principles-based/innate resiliency programs across the U.S.

She has been an international speaker on innate wellness and resiliency, and a trainer of the “Three Principles” for 20 years, as well as a “trainer of trainers.”

Ami spent part of her childhood on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, where her father became a student of philosopher Mr. Sydney Banks. Besides the Principles, Ami’s spiritual studies from a young age have spanned a wide range of teachers, authors and traditions.

Ami has worked with children, youth, families and communities for more than 25 years. Through relationships with major foundations, Ami developed large-scale community resiliency projects involving schools, community agencies, parent groups and private partnership. Through her writing, teaching and project leadership, Ami has made a significant impact on spiritual consciousness, globally, and has been instrumental in producing literature and video programs on applications of the Principles with youth, families and in communities across the USA. She is former Director of the National Community Resiliency Project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation–bringing the Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought to communities, groups and organizations in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Mississippi Delta, Des Moines, Iowa and the San Francisco Bay Area.

In addition, Ami is an award-winning writer and journalist, who hosted her own radio show and podcast, “On the Front Porch with Ami Chen: Spiritual Dialogues for the 21st Century.”

Ami’s current focus is on helping families, educators and children through sharing and expanding an understanding of the Principles, of innate wisdom and what she calls the “the living, breathing, formless Truth” … both within, and separate from any movement or organization. Moreover, Ami shares the profound potential of our true nature, and the simple power of Love to help end needless suffering.

Ami has helped coordinate three major marches and educational events in the San Francisco Bay Area since the election in 2016–with mixed results, great success and also near violence, as happened in Charlottesville … This was a real learning opportunity for her. She also led several groups on ‘Spiritual Activism,’ helping people to decrease their fears and find wisdom and peace of mind to move forward. Her desire is to help people on both and all “sides” of the current issues we face to come into alignment around shared goals for our country and its people, and how to live together peaceably while working toward those goals. Love at the heart of activism is the key for Ami.

Ami Chen Mills-Naim / The Awesome EventAmi Chen Mills-Naim / The Awesome Event

Mara Gleason (virtual)

Mara Gleason is the co-founder of One Solution, an international non profit dedicated to solving large-scale global issues by illuminating a new understanding of the mind. She is the #1 bestselling author of One Thought Changes Everything. Throughout her career, Mara has worked with all walks of life, including MIT-trained physicists, UN directors, US Marines, NHL players, Microsoft managers, prison inmates, the Chicago PD and youth from South Side Chicago. She formerly founded and co-directed One Thought, a New York/London-based company that trained thousands of organizational leaders and professionals from around the world. Mara is un upcoming speaker at Emerge 2017, at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. “Emerge is all about ‘what’s next’: the big ideas disrupting and challenging unjust systems and practices.” Mara graduated with a Master’s degree from Columbia University in 2006 and currently lives between Chicago, New York and Oslo, Norway. Yes, she has a lot of frequent flier miles.

Mara Gleason / The Awesome Event

Eirik Grunde Olsen (virtual)

Eirik became fascinated by the relationship between the mind and human capability after his experience in the Norwegian military and deployment in the Middle East. After several years studying various mental practices and techniques, he came across a simpler understanding of the mind that proved to be the death of all tools, practices and techniques, and the birth of true transformation and insight.

After 4 years of working from this new understanding, he found that this approach could be applied to people and performance across all fields, from individual, to business to global. Eirik is the founder of NorthMind, the largest Scandinavian company based in these principles of the mind.

Eirik invited some of his most trusted colleagues from around the world to collaborate with him in the creation of One Solution, to see if it’s possible to bring a single answer to many of the world’s most complex problems.

Eirik Grunde Olsen / The Awesome Event

Dajohn White (virtual)

Dajohn White is a 17 year-old resident of South Side Chicago and the founder of Rebels for Peace, a youth led organization to heal the violence in Chicago by rebelling against the reactive, violent mentality that pervades the community. Rebels for Peace partners with One Solution to recruit youth and educate them about the “superpower” that is their freedom of mind. Every human being has access to new thinking, regardless of past behaviors or cultural pressures. Helping youth discover that superpower is how Dajohn is helping to heal his community, from the inside-out.

Dajohn has a vision to not only help his hometown of Chicago, but to ultimately help change the world.

He is a lover of basketball, pancakes, and most recently, cucumbers.

Dajohn White / The Awesome Event
Spiritual Activism: Civic Engagement from the Heart
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