What is the Alive Inside Foundation?
The Alive Inside Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to expanding human connection and intergenerational empathy through education, music and film. We want to inspire a new Practices in education and Eldercare (something we call Comm-University!) We empower communities to create meaningful, shared experiences that bring the generations together, and awaken wisdom and aliveness. We develop and provide technologies like The Alive Inside App, the "Memory Player" Headset, and community created educational materials like the Alive Inside Service Learning Guides, to inspire others to expand and empower human connection.
What is the Alive Inside 'Empathy Revolution?'
This community created, experiential education journey, expands on the vision presented in "Alive Inside" the film.
It is designed to deepen the capabilities of our youth and to turn our concept of Eldercare on it's head!
Anthropologists analyzing our culture claim technology is diminishing some of our deep social skills.
These skills have been central to human survival for millennia. Modern technological culture seems to create objectification and disconnection. AIF wants to move us in the opposite direction!
'The Empathy Revolution' is intended to be deeply challenging, created by communities for communities, to help them consciously embark on a transformational hero's journey- and recover deep human wisdoms.
As a teaching moment, we challenge children to transform the life of an adult and to face minds, unlike their own.
This is a "right of passage" few modern kids get - the journey the filmmakers experienced making "Alive Inside."
In our culture most of us run from our mortality.
AIF believes our mortality may be the greatest teacher human beings have.
Our community-created curriculum asks students to expand their concept of who and what they are,
and expand their understanding of love and communication. This open-source educational journey investigates aging, the brain, embodied being, human connection, self-reflection, empathy, dementia awareness, cultural breakdowns, and ways to meet the emerging future.
Our Comm-University project is a re-imagining of Eldercare. This vision is being realized by visionaries across healthcare.
Who can do this?
What is required of 'Empathy Revolution' kids?
Love in your heart and the desire to connect.
Who does AIF provide educational materials to?
We provide tools, films and community-created educational materials to youth-based organizations, middle schools, high schools, universities, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, faith-based youth groups and more!
Who are the elders?
Your neighbor, your grandmother, your aunt, anyone who life has rendered lonely. Loneliness is a huge problem for elders in America, it is actually a disgrace.
(Healthcare provider looking to implement an institutional iPod program- please contact Music & Memory, this is not our area of engagement.)
Is there Training?
Yes! We share FREE community-created, educational materials and tools to help youth leaders, teachers, religious leaders and community volunteers embark on the hero's journey we call 'The Alive Inside Empathy Revolution."
We share best practices, created by experts and community explores just like you.
Music, Art and Human Connection are great teachers and profound learning happens when one gives to elders in need.
In our experience, the elders become the teachers and often transform everyone involved. This is the real magic.
What is provided to help me start this Practice with my youth?
We share our community-created Human Service Learning Guides, The Alive Inside APP and our Film Guide.
These free resources include curriculum and experiential learning modules. Please share your successes and learning with our community.
What are the goals for 2017?
Over the last year we have been doing research, and community outreach. We've documented community-created Empathy Revolutions in 17 US cities, as part of Michael Rossato-Bennett's new film, "Alive Inside 2."
We've helped develop FREE educational materials to help you transform your community.
For every Alive Inside "Memory Player" purchased- we give a "Memory Player" to a youth to give to an elder living at home. Our dream is one million youth giving away one million "Memory Players," but are still working on the finances that will allow this.
Is my school, class or religious group or community is a good fit?
If your school has a science, history, music, or humanities teacher who is excited about introducing the film "Alive Inside" and challenging their students their students to grow, then our Free Resources are a perfect fit!
If you are inspired by "Alive Inside" and want to help an elder in your life- then you are a perfect fit!
If your Community or church group cares about it's elders living at home with dementia, and the character of their youth then you are a perfect fit!
How much time will my 'Empathy Revolution' require?
For schools, our FREE community-created curriculum provide suggested activities and timelines.
Some examples of in-class activities include participating in a dementia sensitivity training exercise, mindfulness and music training, viewing and discussing the film Alive Inside, using The Alive Inside APP to find music and create playlists for parents and grandparents. We provide all of this information in the free Human Service Learning Guide! You can pick and choose!
Small groups can use our "Mini-Guide." Every kid who participates is eligible for our gift headphones!
What a great homeschool project! Find elders on your block! Anyone can do it!
What are the financial costs to be involved in this education?
Our open-source, community-created resources are FREE. Some communities do a screening /fundraiser of "Alive Inside" to raise money for more ambitious community projects.
What should my school or Seniors expect from the 'Empathy Revolution?'
Your school and elders can expect to witness a transformational experience between the youth and the elders they work with. Everyone involved will gain a new insight into the power of music, story and human connection and a deeper reverence for life itself.
What are the next steps?
Why are you doing this?
Making the film, 'Alive Inside ' showed us the ancient powers of music, story and human connection. Today, too many elders and youth are stagnating in isolation and disconnection. Many modern youth never interact with elders or truly give to anyone in a substantial way.
We want to encourage growth and connection for young and old.
A tidal wave of aging is coming- AIF believes it is absolutely essential to create connections between the young and old now, while the young are still young. These changing population dynamics mean our young will soon shoulder a huge burden, new in the history of our species. Our work is to deepen their empathy and sense of purpose, something we believe necessary for our shared future.