Designing Your Life: Innovating From the Inside Out

4-Week Online Course

Start Date: January 27, 2020

You have always known that work-life balance is critical to your wellbeing and happiness. Are you struggling with this? Designing Your Life is the course that you need!

Today, this notion of ‘life-balance’ that acknowledges the interconnectedness of the different dimensions of our life is entering mainstream thinking like never before. Buoyed by the growth of books on ‘Happiness’ and the study of what contributes towards ‘Personal Productivity’, leading universities are offering courses that allow students to take an inner journey.

This cutting-edge course bridges the gap between the ‘self-help’ genre of books and the theoretical research by Ph.D.s in psychology.

A month-long course will give you the space, structure, support and motivation to answer some very fundamental questions regarding your passions, your strengths, your goals, your limiting beliefs (yes, everyone has some), your priorities, your comfort zone, and your key relationships.

The course is an online course, including: videos, lectures, articles and forums for discussions. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.

This participant-centered course will leverage the following resources:

  1. Readings by leading researchers in the field of positive psychology on the importance of goal-setting and positive thinking;
  2. Exercises and activities that will enable you to explicitly answer and practice the critical questions referred to above;
  3. Hand-picked evaluation tools that will give you real-time feedback on your strengths, positivity ratio, and resilience;
  4. Videos of leading ‘changemakers’ who share powerful stories of how they are practicing the theories of the course in their lives;
  5. A cross-cultural dialogue with an international community of like-minded professionals.

This course will cover the following topic areas:

  • Week 1: The Good Life: Cultivating Positivity
  • Week 2: Know your Strengths: Finding Flow
  • Week 3: Understanding Relationships and Empathy
  • Week 4: Measuring Success: How do you keep score?

By the end of this course, you will have:

  • Read the research on the benefits of cultivating a positive mindset
  • Practiced strategies to cultivate appreciation and positivity
  • A ranked list of your character strengths
  • A plan to increase the time you spend in activities that draw on your strengths
  • Identified key people in your life, how they support you, and how to engage them further
  • Practiced being more empathetic and discussed why it’s such a critical skill in the 21st Century
  • Identified the major sources of work-life balance conflict
  • Designed, developed and completed a Personal Work-Life Balance Plan

This is a 4-week online course starting January 27th, 2020

The mix of participants from different backgrounds is an important and valued aspect of this course. This certificate course is designed for, but not restricted to:

  • Nonprofit leaders and Social Entrepreneurs
  • Business executives
  • Public sector and community leaders
  • Students finishing their Master’s and contemplating ‘what next’
  • Academics and individuals interested in a very practical application of ‘Design Thinking’
  • All individuals interested in being more intentional about their life

$595 tuition rate. A Certificate will be awarded upon completion by the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Enroll with someone else and each will receive a 15% discount. The return on investment is hard to calculate – but after this course, you’ll have the tools to lead an even more fulfilled life. Take this online course and connect with people all around the world who have also made the decision to invest in their own wellbeing!

Have a question? Contact us at , or visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Course Facilitator

Kristen Palana

The course is anchored by Kristen Palana. Kristen is a multimedia artist based in Yangon, Myanmar where she is also an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar. She co-founded and directed the Film and Digital Media Program at The American University of Rome in Italy where she also taught from 2006-2016. Kristen is a dual American/Portuguese citizen and has offered art, communication, social activism, and multimedia courses in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. She also teaches online to over 35K students from over 165 countries through various e-platforms.

Her work is exhibited internationally and online and has received a number of awards. Kristen received her MFA from Pratt Institute in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also holds a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Kristen’s number one goal is to help ordinary people do extraordinary things. Through her artwork and teaching activities, she strives to promote positive social change and to foster a sense of social responsibility in her students.

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