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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019

The World We Make: 2019

with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Overture Center for the Arts

4:30 – 7 p.m. 

201 State Street, Madison, WI 53703

We invite you to join us for The World We Make: 2019 gathering this November to celebrate our progress and share exciting new possibilities to create a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world, together.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and national bestselling author, will be our featured speaker.

Donors giving $1,000 or more annually will receive two complimentary registrations to this celebration. Make your gift here.


Jon Kabat-Zinn
Professor of Medicine and Founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (in 1995), and (in 1979) its world-renown Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic. 

He is the author of 14 books, including the bestsellers Full Catastrophe Living, Wherever You Go, There You Are, and Mindfulness for Beginners. His four latest books (2018/2019) are a series, updating Coming to Our SensesMeditation is Not What You Think; Falling AwakeThe Healing Power of Mindfulness; and Mindfulness for All. With Mark Williams, he was co-editor of Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins, and Applications (2013). 

His books are published in more than 40 languages. His work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions such as medicine, psychology, health care, neuroscience, schools, higher education, business, social justice, criminal justice, the law, technology, government and professional sports. More than 700 hospitals and medical centers around the world now offer MBSR. Kabat-Zinn lectures and leads mindfulness workshops and retreats around the world.

Richard Davidson
Founder & Director, Center for Healthy Minds
Richard Davidson

Davidson is best known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker, leading conversations on well-being on international stages such as the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Council on Mental Health. Time Magazine named Davidson one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2006. His research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style as well as methods to promote human flourishing, including meditation and related contemplative practices. 


Anne Strainchamps
Host and Co-Founder of To The Best of Our Knowledge​, Wisconsin Public Radio
Anne Strainchamps

Anne Strainchamps is the host and co-founder of Wisconsin Public Radio's To the Best of Our Knowledge, the Peabody award-winning public radio interview show heard on more than 200 public radio stations across the United States. Strainchamps began her career in public broadcasting at National Public Radio. She was a founding producer of The Diane Rehm Show at WAMU, created WPR's award-winning audio essay series Wisconsin Life, and the weekly live call-in show 45 North. She's also been a food and wine columnist and—in a former life—a chocolatier.

To join this special event, please join us with your lead gift today.

For questions, more information or assistance with your 2019 gift, please contact Lorri Houston, Director of Donor Engagement, at [email protected] or (608) 263-3672.

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