Seeking RefugeSix Seconds: The Emotional Intelligence Network sponsors events for UN World Refugee Day, June 20, 2016

CORRALITOS, Calif., May 31, 2016 — In honor of The United Nations World Refugee Day, June 20th, the global emotional intelligence network Six Seconds will sponsor a worldwide awareness raising campaign, “Seeking Refuge”. With over 800 people leading workshops in 62 countries, with a reach of over 20,000 people, this is an opportunity to increase inclusion, compassion, optimism, and to unite people instead of divide them. The project includes three parts: “chalkboard conversation” experiences to raise awareness, dialog sessions, and online sharing to create a “virtual quilt” in honor of those seeking and giving refuge today. Anyone can Sign up to lead an event in their community!  Six Seconds is providing a facilitator’s kit and slides to assist engagement on this important topic.

Stage 1: Teams will set up a chalkboard conversations where people in their communities can express their feelings about giving and seeking refuge. Facilitators will literally set up a chalkboard in a public space and invite the public to share their thoughts and feelings about what it means to seek and give refuge in these times.  The comments people write will be photographed and shared online.

Stage 2: The next stage is a free workshop where participants will unlock the power of emotional intelligence to support one another to be more effective in giving and seeking refuge. They’ll create a “quilt square” synthesizing what they learned.

Stage 3: The final stage is the creation of a “virtual quilt” of this shared human experience — in honor of all the people today seeking and giving refuge. This will include photographs and statements from participants from 42 countries.

While the global refugee crisis is a geopolitical issue, it also can provoke questions about values, ethics, and humanity on a personal and collective level. We all have the power to give refuge — to create a place of physical and emotional safety where we can nourish one another, to create a space to support and care for fellow humans.

Participants will get a free “Brain Talent Profile” and learn more about:

  • Emotional intelligence as a toolset to help all of us in challenging times.
  • How to increase empathy and mutual understanding.
  • Being a changemaker to support a more just and compassionate society.

The Seeking Refuge campaign is about the shared human experience of displacement and acceptance. Together we will explore big questions, such as:

  • What can each of us give to support one another?
  • What do we do when we feel like we don’t fit in?
  • Who has stood up for you?
  • What does it take to stand up for others?
  • What does it take to stand up as someone who chooses civil society?
  • Where are the opportunities in our own communities to support a world where more people can find the refuge they need?

All around the world the week of June 20th volunteers will also offer a free Six Seconds Brain Talents Profile for participants.

What is a Brain Talents Profile?
Each of us has strengths and talents we come by naturally or have cultivated over time. The 18 “Brain Apps” describe unique, powerful capabilities to create performance and positive change. Using the metaphor that the brain is like a smart phone and contains many useful “apps”, this assessment produces a list of your brain’s most prominent talents. These include talents such as connection, data mining, design, problem solving, critical thinking, emotional insight and collaboration. www.6seconds.org/brain

For more information on the “Seeking Refuge” project, please see: http://6sec.org/refuge

Six Seconds is a global network supporting people to create positive change – everywhere, all the time. Our vision is a billion people practicing the skills of emotional intelligence worldwide. Founded in 1997, Six Seconds is the first and largest organization 100% dedicated to the development of emotional intelligence. We teach the skills of emotional intelligence to enable individuals, teams, organizations, families, schools and communities to flourish. We have offices and representatives in over 25 countries. Our clients include global companies, schools, business leaders, and individuals.

Rachel Goodman

Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and communications professional, editor, producer, and writer for effective outcomes. Ms. Goodman has been a radio producer for much of her career, specializing in short features and documentaries. Some of her work includes Southern Songbirds: the Women of Early Country Music, Pastures of Plenty: A History of California's Farmworkers, and The Boomtown Chronicles: Reflections on a Changing California. Ms. Goodman teaches journalism at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County. Her goals are to facilitate positive change in the world through effective communication, and to continue conducting her work with the highest level of integrity possible.

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