Sofia launched our 40-year anniversary as the premier transpersonal school in the heart of the Silicon Valley with our technology and humanist values-based Founders Series in mid-January. Two Sofia alumni presented their entrepreneurial “Toolbox Project.” Mark A. Collin, MA, MFT, class of ’76 and Chuck Fisher, PhD, class of ’86 shared their success story to a warm and responsive audience. “Together we’re building children’s capacity for learning and world citizenship through a common language based on personal and social awareness, self-mastery, non-violence, kindness & empathy for others,” said Mark, Founder and Executive Director at Dovetail Learning, Toolbox’s parent company.
The Toolbox Project gives children, teachers, parents, and schools a common language and the tools necessary to form a cohesive, collaborative, non-violent, and caring community, which leads to hope for a meaningful and positive future. Toolbox is now in over 100 schools, in 30 cities. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has endorsed Toolbox as a source of great optimism for the twenty-first century. Toolbox has also been named a Communities of Promise partner program by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation to promote social and emotional learning to help protect children from gun violence.
Sofia University Founder Robert Frager, PhD said, “Toolbox is a beautiful example of the best that we hope for our graduates.” Way to go Mark and Chuck, you make our university proud.