“EARLY CHILDHOOD: SHIFTING MINDSETS” CMU SUMMIT

The “Early Childhood: Shifting Mindsets” Summit was a three-day global summit in 2015 at Central Michigan University. It brought together experts from a wide range of fields, including educators, policymakers, scientists, to discuss the well-being of children. The summit, spearheaded by Utopia board-member Alison Arnold, focused on the science of infant development, how science informs the care, education and support of young children, and key policy development issues and strategies in the early childhood development arena. 

This could very well be the beginning of the most effective Collective Impact project for children under 5 in Michigan and beyond. See report and look for a possible second annual follow-up summit, Fall 2016. Many thanks to Alison Arnold, Director Community Partnerships College of Education & Human Services at Central Michigan University and Utopia Foundation Board Member, for seamlessly organizing and implementing this highly relevant summit - and many thanks to CMU for hosting. Check it out, http://issuu.com/cmuehs/docs/shifting_mindsets_report

Videos

Videos from the presentation of Paul Sutherland of the Utopia Foundation and Jackson Kaguri of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project at the “EARLY CHILDHOOD: SHIFTING MINDSETS” CMU Summit.

"Early Childhood development in developing countries" - complete Presentation

The entire presentation of Utopia Foundation founder and chair Paul Sutherland and Jackson Kaguri of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project at the June 5th "Early Childhood: Shifting Mindsets" CMU Summit. Watch Sutherland and Kaguri share poignant stories as they discuss topics such as the importance of early childhood development and altruism. 

the eight levels of giving

Paul Sutherland, founder of Utopia Foundation, speaks about the Jewish sage Maimonides and his eight levels of giving charity. Maimonides defined the highest form of giving as helping to sustain a person before they become impoverished, ensuring that they achieve long-term success. Rather than creating long-term dependency, Utopia Foundation’s projects all aim to help people get on their feet as Maimonides wisely suggested 900 years ago.


This a clip from a presentation by Paul Sutherland of the Utopia Foundation and Jackson Kaguri of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project on June 5th, 2015 at the Shifting Mindsets Early Childhood Development Summit at Central Michigan University. You can watch the full video above. 

volunteering is an action

 “If you do something for someone that they can do for themselves, you’ve taken away from that person.” In this video, Paul discusses key issues that arise in volunteering, such as how to avoid enabling and instead help others to help themselves; why it is important to create non-exploitative relationships with those you serve; and how to create a feeling of ownership within local communities.

 

This a clip from a presentation by Paul Sutherland of the Utopia Foundation and Jackson Kaguri of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project on June 5th, 2015 at the Shifting Mindsets Early Childhood Development Summit at Central Michigan University. You can watch the full video above. 

helping the grandmothers of nyaka

We can all agree that every grandma is a hero, especially when they are able to support 14 children in a 14 x 12 home. Listen to Paul Sutherland and Jackson Kaguri speak about the grandmother heroes who support the orphans of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, and share touching stories about the love of grandmothers. With support from the Utopia Foundation, the Nyaka project helps the grandmothers create social enterprise to sustain themselves, as well as help connect the 7,000 to support each other.

 

This a clip from a presentation by Paul Sutherland of the Utopia Foundation and Jackson Kaguri of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project on June 5th, 2015 at the Shifting Mindsets Early Childhood Development Summit at Central Michigan University. You can watch the full video above. 

how can i love you better?

Paul Sutherland discusses how to add, rather than subtract, from the life of a community. To identify the most pressing need and create truly effective change, one must always ask the essential question to those they serve: “How Can I Love You Better?”

This a clip from a presentation by Paul Sutherland of the Utopia Foundation and Jackson Kaguri of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project on June 5th, 2015 at the Shifting Mindsets Early Childhood Development Summit at Central Michigan University. You can watch the full video above. 

the wolves within

Paul shares a version of the Cherokee tale of the two wolves within us all: one full of fear, the other full of love. Listen to Paul’s take on this poignant tale that illustrates how we must choose love not only in the way we treat ourselves, but also in the way we treat the children and the communities that we serve.

 

This a clip from a presentation by Paul Sutherland of the Utopia Foundation and Jackson Kaguri of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project on June 5th, 2015 at the Shifting Mindsets Early Childhood Development Summit at Central Michigan University. You can watch the full video above. 

SquaRING THE PYRAMID

“Where you live should not determine if you live.” Imagine if those who have been blessed reallocated their resources to focus on early childhood development—we would transform society. Paul discusses this concept of “squaring the pyramid” and the importance of providing opportunity for every child.

 

This a clip from a presentation by Paul Sutherland of the Utopia Foundation and Jackson Kaguri of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project on June 5th, 2015 at the Shifting Mindsets Early Childhood Development Summit at Central Michigan University. You can watch the full video above. 

the developing world needs you

Most people have great hearts. But if that love only lives in one’s head and is not acted upon, it is of no help to the world. In this video, Paul discusses the 153 million orphans living without parents today, the impact that one individual can have on an orphan’s life, and the importance of understanding a community in order to help it.

 

This a clip from a presentation by Paul Sutherland of the Utopia Foundation and Jackson Kaguri of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project on June 5th, 2015 at the Shifting Mindsets Early Childhood Development Summit at Central Michigan University. You can watch the full video above.