While the national census asks who we are, Census of the Heart wants to know how we are. We want to get straight to the heart of things and explore what really matters to people living in Ireland today.
Census of the Heart is one of those big ideas that drops into your world from the great beyond and works its magic until you give your whole being to it. My friend and fellow yogi Mari Kennedy & I seem to have become partners in the crime of curiosity and started small movements with “what if” questions at various kitchen tables * see the ireland : iceland project.
To realize our latest big idea, we collaborated with some brilliant humans to start a conversation. Together, we discovered that great conversations start with great questions.Those questions became Census of the Heart – a prototype project that disrupts and responds to the 2016 National Census In Ireland. Our alternative census places the human experience at the heart of the matter. We wanted people to feel valued and listened to so we oriented Census of the Heart around our innate human qualities of connection, empathy, compassion and care. We wanted to find out what matters to us as individuals, as a society, as a country and as a planet. We wanted to encourage an inner revolution – a revolution of the heart.
So, on the same day as the National Census we invited people in Ireland to participate in our Census of the Heart. We set out to discover our place in history and our place in the future. RIght now we are at an exciting juncture. The citizens have spoken and we are the guardians of a unique repository of knowledge that holds the intimate hopes, regrets, fears and dreams of almost 12,000 people in Ireland, exactly 100 years after our Easter Rising of 1916. Our Preliminary Report scratches the surface providing some rich findings that explore the complexity of being human in Ireland in 2016. Like all good research, the data tells us things we might not have known before and reveals areas ripe for more great questioning. You can read our full report at www.censusoftheheart.com.