The Mindful Connection Institute looks for ways of providing greater coherence, flexibility and collaboration among its faculty, staff and partners through the Group-Intelligence Network (still under development). Our faculty, researchers and staff work in a non-hierarchical way with an ever-changing assortment of people, tools, technologies, environments and forms of learning, each of which exacts new demands for increased flexibility. Our main objective is to support people in enjoying the benefits of belonging to a conscious learning community - common ground for individuals and groups with differing perspectives to productively meet each other and collaborate.
Carlo Monsanto has in the past two decades contributed to designing and implementing educational programs that assist both learners and educators in developing essential social emotional learning competencies to better handle negative emotions. He also developed the Mindful Emotional Intelligence Inventory or MEI-i to guide learners towards a more integrated way of learning. He has experience delivering programs in educational, health-care, corporate and social environments, and has founded and served on the board of various organizations in Europe, Caribbean and the USA. He currently serves as the co-director of the Mindful Connection Institute in Princeton (USA), as the director of the Ayurvedic and Indian Psychology Research Center at the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE) and as a research scientist at Vetha Center for Transdisciplinary Studies. He is also an author, photographer, videographer and a husband and father to his little girl and step-sons.
Andrea Monsanto is has a science degree from Stony Brook University and studied at The School of Practical Philosophy in New York City. For over fifteen years she has developed her emotional intelligence, contemplative and attention management skills. She teaches cutting edge applied consciousness tools, resulting in mental clarity, emotional regulation and empathy to both individuals and groups. Andrea is part of the Latino Who’s Who publication. She received an award as "The Social Entrepreneur of the Year". She has earned several awards as an effective communicator from Toastmasters International. She has delivered numerous lectures and workshops on green living, emotional intelligence and professional development.