Designing for Wholeness
Ever Present Life designs comprehensive, customized, scalable solutions for organizations seeking to establish a culture of resilient wellbeing. The tools and strategies associated with the Wholeness Framework™ can be implemented at all levels within:
- Colleges and universities
- K-12 Schools
- Youth programs
- Government organizations
- Forward-thinking businesses interested in supporting employee quality of life
We take a design thinking approach to the intiatives we develop in order to:
- Empathize with those whom the solutions are intended to serve.
- Define the problem(s) from the user's perspective.
- Ideate solutions that meet the user's needs.
- Prototype without worrying about perfection in order to "fail forward faster."
- Test the validity of potential solution(s) by seeking user feedback and continuous improvement.
The methodology behind design thinking was developed by IDEO and popularized by the Stanford d.school as a way to create real-world solutions to real-world problems. At Ever Present Life, we begin and end with the user in mind, which allows us to develop initiatives that are more impactful and sustainable than those developed through typical top-down approaches.
How Saint Mary's College uses the Wholeness Framework to help students more effectively manage stress and reduce anxiety
Saint Mary's is a Catholic women's liberal arts college in Notre Dame, Indiana. Similar to other college students around the globe, young adults at Saint Mary's have experienced a significant increase in stress and anxiety over the past ten years. Recognizing the need to improve student wellbeing on campus, the college partnered with Ever Present Life to create a new peer-to-peer life coaching program and to develop additional intiatives that would empower students to overcome adversity.
Becky Lindstrom evaluated the needs of the college relative to the existing campus culture and available resources, and then customized the Wholeness Framework to establish a shared vision of what it means to educate a "whole" student. The Peer Mentor program at the college was strengthened to provide first-year students with the tools and strategies they need to increase emotional resilience. Becky also created the Wholeness Coaching Method™ to train the first cohort of Peer Coaches at Saint Mary's. In only 12 hours, students were able to develop the basic coaching skills necessary to actively listen to, validate, and empower their peers. She is now in the process of helping the college pivot to empower students from a distance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Pre and post-assessment data shows that first-year students experienced significant improvements in self-awareness and self-worth during their 8-week college orientation course.
- As a result of feedback from student leaders about its benefits, the Wholeness Framework now has the support of the President's Cabinet, Board of Trustees, and other campus administrators.
- The college is beginning to explore how to integrate the Wholeness Framework more broadly on campus.
According to one senior who served as both a Peer Mentor and a Peer Coach, "Our generation needs help seeing the challenges of life as opportunities and not as threats to our success. This framework helps make that shift." Her sentiments are more true than ever in light of the challenges we now face on a local, national, and global scale. Ever Present Life is honored to empower Saint Mary's students to care for themselves, cultivate emotional resilience, and connect with the world around them as they discover their place in the world.
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