Our Story

Search Inside Yourself was born at Google in 2007 when one of Google’s earliest engineers, Chade-Meng Tan, gathered a team of leading experts in mindfulness, neuroscience, leadership and emotional intelligence to develop an internal course for fellow Google employees lovingly called Search Inside Yourself (SIY).

The aim of SIY was to help people develop the skills of mindfulness, empathy, compassion and overall emotional intelligence to create the conditions for individual and collective thriving. Other major contributors to SIY included meditation teachers Mirabai Bush, Norman Fisher and Yvonne Ginsberg; neuroscientist Philippe Goldin; and business leader Marc Lesser. SIY also drew extensively from the work and advisory of Daniel Goleman, Richie Davidson and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

SIY quickly became quite a popular training program within Google. In 2012, due to the high demand for SIY from external organizations, Meng Tan, Philippe Goldin and Marc Lesser spun off the program and founded the independent non-profit educational institute they called The Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, SIYLI (pronounced like "silly"–they wanted to keep it light!).

Since then, SIYLI has become a globally recognized institute, operating in over 50 countries across continent, with tens of thousands of people attending its programs and events. SIYLI offers programs, tools and content on mindfulness-based emotional intelligence, empathy, compassion, resilience, leadership and more, which have a positive impact helping to promote sustainable well being, motivation and high performance for individuals, teams and organizations. 

SIYLI continues to work with Google as well as SAP, the United Nations, Procter & Gamble, Salesforce and many more corporate, nonprofit and government organizations around the world.

Vision & Mission

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We are a global community

We are a community of teachers, students, partners, organizations, volunteers, mindfulness champions, and change-makers working together to impact all corners of the world. We aim to embody a mindful way of living wherever we go.

making mindfulness and emotional intelligence practical and accessible.

We translate complex concepts into techniques that all of us can easily understand and apply at work and in life. 

Mindfulness is the ability to focus on the present moment with curiosity and openness. It underpins our emotional intelligence: understanding ourselves and others, and acting deliberately and with empathy.  

The tools we choose are secular, evidence-based. These tools are applicable for everyone. Accordingly, we aim to be inclusive and reach a diverse range of individuals, communities and organizations.

Together, we’re working toward a more peaceful world

We believe that mindfulness, emotional intelligence and compassion are essential ingredients for a peaceful world. Each person’s individual transformation impacts their workplace, home, and community, contributing to a better world for all.

in which all people feel connected and act with compassion.

We are inspired by a future where everyone feels connected to other beings and intimately connected to their own experience. When we understand ourselves and see our similarities with others, we act with a true desire to be in service to others, which further deepens our connection.

Over 100,000 people have taken the Search Inside Yourself program in more than 150 cities and 50 countries around the world.

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I highly recommend Search Inside Yourself to anyone looking to improve the way their team works together, enhance their innovative thinking and clarity, reduce stress, improve general wellbeing, manage difficult conversations, and be generally more at peace.
Barry Margerum
Chief Strategy Officer Plantronics