On October 24th, 2015, Born This Way Foundation and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence brought together educators, policy makers, advocates and over 200 young people for the first ever Emotion Revolution Summit. The Summit day consisted of panel discussions, youth and adult workshops and inspiring remarks from speakers such as Bert Jacobs, Carmen Farina, and even our very own Lady Gaga.
The Emotion Revolution Summit served as a platform for young people and their educators to share their ideas and feelings about how they can effectively create more positive learning environments. Young people were encouraged to be open and honest about their emotions and to not be afraid to ask for help when needed. This conversation about sharing your emotion was exploded online through the #IAmNotJust hashtag which gathered millions of social media impressions, and trended globally.
In addition, results from the Emotion Revolution Survey were also shared. After hearing from over 22,000 high school students from all over the country we found that when students were asked how they currently feel in school, 75% of the responses were negative. Common responses were “tired”, “stressed” and “bored”. However, when students were asked how they want to feel in school the emotions listed were overwhelming positive, such as “happy”, “energized” and “excited”.
Want to relive the Emotion Revolution again and again? Check out videos from the opening and closing sessions online!