The Chao-pan Yen Foundation (CPYF) was founded in 1999 in Taipei, Taiwan, with the mission
to foster the art of dialogue for positive social change. Our vision
is a sustainably healthy and joyful Taiwan with diverse possibilities.
The Foundation realizes these goals by holding spaces for civil society dialogue
and experiences. Programs use facilitation
for strengthening community around topics of concern to the local target audience. Our work is instilled with a deep respect for the value of participation
. Seeking to bring forth the fruits of personal and collective wisdom, our principles
are based on the tenets of Open Space Technology: Whoever comes is the right people; Whenever it starts is the right time; Whatever happens is the only thing that could have; and When it’s over, it’s over.
The Foundation offers 4 modes of service:
1) Community consensus building
programs eliciting conversations that matter among participants and organizing individual and group passion into initiatives.
Direct service for conference planning, program design
and meeting facilitation.
3) Capacity Building trainings
and direct learning opportunities around tools useful for dialogue in diverse team contexts. Tools include: Open Space Technology, World Café and Appreciative Inquiry.
of causes and individuals who foster positive social change. Sponsor recipients receive financial assistance to reach their target goal relating to four principal categories: community service, elderly care, education, and health.
(see the bottom of this post for a detailed listing of our programs)
Each year the Foundation’s work focuses on a theme relevant to our audience interests and current environmental circumstances. The 2007 theme was “Imagine Taiwan”, 2008 theme “Ask the right questions and carve your own path”, and 2009 theme “Thriving on Uncertainty”.
The CPYF’s focus in 2010 will be to develop the community of generative dialogue in Taiwan.
1. 對話力的體驗：每年我們選定一個重要議題，創造民眾對話的空間與體驗。2009年對話主題『不確定的年代 展現生命力』
3. 對話力的培育： 我們因應需求提供開放、多元團隊對話工具的學習，如開放空間會議科技(Open Space Technology)、世界咖啡館(World Café)、肯定式探詢(Appreciative Inquiry)
10595 台北市復興北路57號3樓 （在南京東路跟朱崙街之間） （電梯出來左轉，往有綠色松樹的動畫片在辦公大廳方向走。我們實在Great Sequoia Corp (史格亞有限股份公司）的辦公室內）。
Community Service 社區服務
2006 - Donation to the Hope Wing Association for the building of a school for children and adults isolated in a Sichuan leprosy village.
2003 – Trains a community of retired teachers how to plan their volunteer career in retirement.
2002 – Financial donation to medical research focusing on specific diseases afflicting aboriginal communities in Taiwan.
2000 – Created fundraising opportunity for student band wishing to perform in Europe but lacking the funds; musicians performed for an elderly community.
2003 - Donation to two elderly community centers in need of financial support (恆安老人養護中心 and 兆如老人養護中心)
2003 – Facilitation for elderly volunteer corps a dialogue about what kind of services they would like to provide and how best to position themselves for achieving that intention.
2002 - Invited Dr. Samuel Noordhoff, leading physician in the field of cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, speaking to Shuanglien senior citizens college about his life of abundance in the speech “My vocation is my vacation”.
2002 – Facilitation for an elderly volunteer center an open space discussion on the topic “How can I enrich my life through learning and contribution.” 2002 – Purchased a community bus to service senior citizens in the Shilin area of Taipei.
2001 – Organized a seminar regarding “the application of law for the elderly”.
2001 – Donate financial contribution to an elderly home in need (Tamshui).
2000 - A seminar and hearing screening test for the elderly.
2005 – Art appreciation workshop open to the general public
2001 - Invited 廖德政, a well known local artist in Taiwan, to give a guided tour of his life and work in a museum celebrating his eightieth anniversary.
2006 – Financial donation to the medial corps service focusing on a mental hospital in Hualien.
2005 - Donation of massage table set and reiki healing service for the teachers at the San Yu mental development center.
2005 - Financial donation to Yang Ming University’s medical service program in Hualien.
2004 – Financial donation to Yang Ming University’s medical service program in Jinmen.
2004 – Financial donation to a summer medical service corps (長庚醫學院羅卡達醫療隊)。
The CP Yen Foundation strives to serve as a catalyst for the skillful practice of dialogue. Through the foundation’s tools and resources we contribute to the creation of communities of respect, gratitude, participation, culture, and action.
The CP Yen Foundation was founded in 1999 to memorialize San Yang Metal Industrial’s Chairman of the Board Mr. Chao Pang Yen. During his lifetime Mr. Yen cared deeply for Taiwan and felt it especially important to always contribute to the ongoing flourishing of society.
The purpose of dialogue is to explore the human experience: our values, emotions, thought processes, memory, culture which is inherently created and sustained in the social collective.
Dialogue is an inquiry into deeply held assumptions regarding meaning and identity. In a very deep sense, dialogue is an inquiry into what “truth” is – our accepted individual definitions and our agreed upon interpretations of truth as a social identity.
57, Fu-Hsing North Road, 3F, Taipei, Taiwan 10595
Nearest MRT: Nanjing E. Rd. Station
The building is located between the cross-streets Nanjing E. Rd. and Zhu Lun Street. On first floor of the building you will see King’s Bank and Co-operative Bank.
When you come out of the elevator turn left and walk towards the green sequoia tree cartoon in the lobby of the Great Sequoia Corp office.
Tel: (02) 2771-0168
Fax: (02) 2773-3342