Organization that educates public about social and emotional issues?
August 24, 2013 2:29 PM Subscribe
I recently discovered CASEL
, which supports social and emotional learning in schools. This is something I think I really want to support, but I'm more interested in social and emotional learning for a general
audience (voters, other Metafilter members, etc.), rather than the young students that are CASEL's focus.
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When the winter holidays arrive, and on other occasions, sometimes people want a focus for gift-giving. Since I don't really need any generic stuff, I'd like to suggest they donate to an organization like CASEL, and I will if that's the best choice.
However, I wondered if there exists an organization or organizations working to raise social and emotional skills more broadly. Maybe there's a group making a web-based education/game tool? Maybe someone is doing research on the best teaching approaches to help people with this? Maybe someone is focusing on educating politicians, or prisoners, or neighborhood association participants, or young adults, or senior citizens?
Mediation seems vaguely in this neighborhood, but I'm not sure it's exactly what I'm getting at.
Essentially, I think the problems I want to address are a) people don't realize how their own emotional state affects their decisions in the moment; b) they don't realize that their emotional states are fleeting; c) they don't know how to deal well with other people's emotional states; and d) voters/funding agencies/politicians (especially voters) don't have a good way to factor in peoples' emotional needs and responses when formulating policy and responding to crises.
If you know of any credible organizations with this kind of focus, please let me know about them. I did try to search through some of the charity database web sites, but to no avail. Maybe my keywords weren't right.
I'm certainly not talking about a lot of money, but I am interested in finding and publicizing these kinds of efforts.
Please don't just post a link to a charity listing web site. As I said, I tried that previously.