Results and Articles

This is a compilation of some of the results and articles written on how a new understanding of the mind has created change in mental well-being, youth and education, organisations and businesses, charitable organisations, intervention in the criminal justice system, resilience for aid workers, addiction and recovery treatment programs.

Chicago: Understanding the source of violence

Aug 05, 2017

While sitting around a table with three of our teen partners from Rebels for Peace, we asked “what is the biggest problem in your community?”  The answer from these three black teens from the South Side of Chicago may surprise you. 

It’s worth pausing to add a little background on the three youth: one young man has a father and older brother in jail for gang activity, the young woman had a brother who was shot and killed last year, and the third young man doesn’t say much about his family situation other than that he lives with his aunt and knows to just stay inside when the “streets get hot,”  meaning when the shooting starts.  So you may be surprised that their answer to the question was not “lack of jobs,” “no father figures around,” or “failing school systems.”  It wasn’t even “guns,” “racism” or “the police,” which you might expect to hear...

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VIDEO: The willingness to create a new world

May 01, 2017

In the episode you follow Mara after her keynote and into breakout session with the kids of the Chicago Peace Summit. Hear us expand on the source of peace, and empower youth to be peace-ambassadors by understanding the mind. You will also hear some awesome reflections from the kids, and see the hope of future generations trying to build peace.

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VIDEO: Mara Gleason - Keynote at Chicago Peace Summit

Apr 30, 2017

Mara talks to the kids of Chicago about their inner superpower. It's a superpower that we all have, and when uncovered makes us a powerful force for peace in the world. See founders diaries #17 that comes out tomorrow for following breakout session with the kids, where they share their insights and next steps!

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Mar 01, 2017

British prison staff and local council members credit a Three Principles-based programme for some dramatic changes they’ve seen in inmates. They say it also offers the best hope for change in terms of individual behaviour as well as prison reform.

Scott Davidson, a service manager at one of the three UK prisons where Beyond Recovery is currently working, has high compliments for the programme.

“After training and being given greater opportunity to gain further insight into the three principles, I now see it as being better than all the interventions I have ever seen or used.”

Scott said he has witnessed some dramatic behavioural changes in prisoners.

“We have seen prisoners go from being restrained by staff in visits, to being prisoners of trust (without restraints),” he said. “We are seeing prisoners go from being involved in the drug culture, to leaving it behind and progressing in the system. We are seeing prisoners begin to help...

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Article: Prevention Education

Feb 01, 2017

Written by:
Brooke Wheeldon-Reece, M.B.A.
Chief Executive Officer
The Cypress Initiative, Inc.

I’ve spent close to 15 years participating in the prevention education field and in those years I’ve seen the areas of what we are “preventing” aggressively persist. In the late 1980’s to the early 2000’s the prevention arena focused on preventing drug use, school drop-out, teen pregnancy and violent crime. Today prescription medication abuse, suicide, gun violence and bullying are covering the headlines.
There have been changes and some would suggest improvements in recent years. Prevention work has shifted from “just say no” campaigns to enhancing goal-setting and self-advocacy skills. From “stay in school” campaigns to enhancing academic goals and promoting achievement through diverse programming. From “abstinence” campaigns to enhancing confidence and self-esteem. Currently, we are seeing a shift from...

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S.P.A.R.K - Education about the mind used in Education

Jan 01, 2017

Here are some feedback and RESULTS via quotes about what can change in schools given education of the mind. We are happy to have partners in our network that do such great work! 

“I have seen so many students change once they hear about the Principles behind the mind. The biggest change I saw in a class was at an alternative school with a group of about 12 boys, ages 14-17. When we first arrived to teach our Three Principles-based S.P.A.R.K. program (Speaking to the Promise, Ability and Resilience inside Kids), the class was so rowdy, did not want to listen to anything, yelled at each other, cussing every other word.

“A couple of the boys even started to push and fight during our first class. We went to the class every week for an hour with our lessons on the Mind and week by week, we began to see big changes. By the end of that school year, the boys were sitting in our class, listening intently, participating in group activities, sharing personal stories,...

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VIDEO: Disaster Relief in Nepal(Children share insights)

Dec 02, 2016

After the Nepal earthquake in 2015 and at the request of Mahima Shrestha, One Solution speaker, Rudi and Jenny Kennard led a small team of volunteers who helped survivors connect with their innate health and resilience.
— Video courtesy of Innate Wellbeing Ltd.,

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The answer to the prison crisis is simpler than we think

Nov 03, 2016

Article written by Jaqueline Hollows from Beyond Recovery.

The BBC headline reads “An extra 2,100 prison officers are to be recruited to ease staffing shortages in jails in England and Wales, Justice Secretary Liz Truss will say later“.

But we are looking in the wrong direction for the answer because we need to treat the cause not the symptoms.

This blog post was originally published on LinkedIn
Yes! Extra prison officers would be a definite benefit to an overcrowded, over stretched, under appreciated system.

Yes! We need to do something to prevent prison officers being attacked in the course of their duties, this is unacceptable.

Yes! Prison officers job should be one of helping with rehabilitation, preventing the cost of £15billion a year in reoffending.

Yes! We need to do something about prisoners self harming, not least to address the depression, anxiety and anger that is underlying these behaviours.

However, extra prison officers (the time to recruit and...

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Stories from Trauma and PTSD

Apr 19, 2016

“I had been told that I would have PTSD for the rest of my life. How wrong that statement would be, because for the last two and a half years … I have lived WITHOUT PTSD and my world is a much happier place. … The Three Principles have taken me to a whole new level of human experience. Without question, The Three Principles have improved not only the quality of my life and that of my wife, family, and friends around me, but has also given me a wealth of happiness that I hadn’t up until this point experienced, and most importantly for me, a ‘quiet mind.’”

Paul Dean, British Army veteran
Quote courtesy of the Center for Sustainable Change

“For me, the road to recovery began after I learned the Three Principles. Being able to understand, on a deeper level, the nature of my thinking, and that I create my emotions and my reality through my thinking, enabled me to see life in a different perspective. It gave me a new way to handle all the...

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Stories from the prison system

Apr 03, 2016

John – not his real name – is serving a nine-year prison sentence and is participating in the Beyond Recovery programme, founded by Jacqueline Hollows, as a social enterprise that works within the criminal justice system, in custody (prisons) and the community.

“ I wanted to create social change. I decided that my life was to be about eliminating stigma and exclusion, particularly for those who had experienced addiction and offending behaviour. We are currently engaged in a 12-month programme in a UK prison. As part of that, we have just completed a 3-day immersion programme with 13 inmates.

The levels of intelligence, connection and resilience that were felt after just three days blew my mind. Men who previously had experienced PTSD, extreme levels of violent behaviour, depression and anxiety were talking about hope; forgiveness and possibility. One man, sentenced for 7 years but currently serving 15 due to his behaviour in custody, saw a way out of the prison...

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