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The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy is the home of the global empathy movement. Our mission is to build a movement for creating a global worldwide culture of empathy and compassion. We do this through a variety of means.  First is by community organizing.  We bring people together and hold in-person and online meetings and Empathy Circles. Next is by collecting, curating and organizing all the material we find on the internet on the topics. Researching through the arts and sciences. We are putting together a series of documentaries to educate the public and much, much more.

We are also a portal for resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion. The site  contains the largest collection of; articles, conferences, definitions, experts, history, interviews, organizations, videos, science and much more about empathy and compassion. To stay up to date on the latest, sign up for our Facebook: Page, Group and Cause now.

Our current project is to develop our Empathy Circles and Conference on, How Might We Build a Culture of Empathy and Compassion? Contact us if you'd like to be involved in organizing this event. Let's help fill the empathy deficit by making people more aware of the fundamental importance of empathy and compassion in our lives. This is a collaborative project and we invite you to take part. Send an email if you'd like to get involved with the group or with creating this video, etc.  Edwin Rutsch

Empathy Cafe Magazine 
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Empathy and Compassion
The latest news from around the world

 

Empathy and Animals
International News about Empathy & Compassion with, by and for Animals


Teaching Empathy

Articles about teaching & learning how to be more empathic & compassionate.
 

Empathy in the Workplace
News about Empathy in the Workplace
 

Empathy and Justice
International News about Empathy, Justice, Restorative Justice, Mediation and the Law.   more...


 

Blog Roll: Join the Quest 
Latest interviews, panel discussions, etc,

We reached the 300+ Empathy Circles, Panels and Interviews milestone for our conference on how to build a culture of empathy and compassion!!!  There are over 300 hours of empathy and compassion experts from around the world talking about how we can build a movement to transform the world culture with empathy. This is only the beginning

 

Empathic Design Team


Our human-centered design team meets every Tuesday at 10 am to 12:30 pm, as well as other dates and times. We meet at the Oakland HUB.
2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
 

The empathy team is
open for others to join. 

Email Edwin if you would like more information and to join the team.

We won the Impact HUB Oakland
$5k Unlimited Membership!



Human-centered design begins from deep empathy and understanding of
needs and motivations  of people - the parents, neighbors, children,
colleagues, and strangers who make up your everyday community.
Acumen Course Handbook

 

Empathy and Morality: Heidi Maibom

Heidi L. Maibom is professor of philosophy at University of Cincinnati. She studied at University of Copenhagen, University of Bologna, and University College London, and has held fellowships at Cambridge and Princeton Universities. She works on folk psychology, empathy, responsibility, and psychopathy. Heidi is the editor and contributor to the book, Empathy and Morality. She wrote the first chapter titled, Introduction: Everything you ever wanted to know about empathy.

 

Empathy and Morality, the book publisher's description: "This collection is dedicated to the question of the importance of these capacities to morality. It brings together twelve original papers in philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, and neuroscience to give a comprehensive overview of the issue and includes an extensive survey of empathy and empathy-related emotions.

 

Some contributors argue that empathy is essential to core cases of moral judgments, others that empathic concern and moral considerations give rise to wholly distinct motives. Contributors look at such issues as the absence of empathy in psychopaths, the use of empathy training for rehabilitating violent offenders, and the presence of empathy in other primates. The volume is distinctive in focusing on the moral import of empathy and sympathy."


 "The Good Samaritan" by François-Léon Sicar (wikipedia)

 "It brings together twelve original papers in philosophy, psychology,

psychiatry, anthropology, and neuroscience to give
a comprehensive overview of the issue and includes
an extensive survey of empathy and
empathy-related emotions."


Sub Conferences: Science

Emotional Intelligence: Going On An Empathy Adventure
Susan Stillman

Susan Stillman is Director of Education at Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network, Institute for Social Innovation. Through the Six Seconds website, she is hosting the  Empathy Adventure over a six weeks period.

Susan writes, "Empathy is one of the vital competencies of the 21st century. Empathy is related to collaboration, building trust, problem solving, health, and peaceful resolution of conflict. It is an essential component of leadership and critical to success in business and education. Empathy and compassion may even be key to the survival of the human race.

" Empathy and compassion may even be key
to the survival of the human race."


Formation Skydiving (Wikipedia)

Empathy can be viewed even more broadly as compassionate action. So we’re inviting you to this Empathy Adventure — where we’ll come together online to discuss the many types of empathy and then perform a few simple acts of empathy that will ripple out to many others. Through personal stories of group members and empathy “experts,” the group will develop a deep awareness of empathy. We’ll observe what happens when we invite empathy to be more present in our lives, and document the way it affects us and our interaction with others. Over approximately six weeks, the project will follow these three stages..."
Sub Conference: Education

 Try Walking in My Shoes:
Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen
Fincina Hopgood

Fincina Hopgood is co-convenor of the symposium Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen, presented by The Dax Centre and The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, to be held at The University of Melbourne, on February 13 and 14, 2014.


 "I was keen to return to the study of empathy

and explore this more fully from an

interdisciplinary perspective"

 


Eight women representing prominent mental diagnoses - Armand Gautie  (Wikipedia)
 

Fincina writes, "The significance of this empathetic relationship between the character on screen and the viewer lies in its ability to help us see the world from a perspective that may be different from our own. In this way, empathy provides insight and can lead to greater understanding.

 

My cinema studies PhD examined the portrayal of mental illness in a selection of feature films from Australia and New Zealand. While empathy was a key concept in my thesis, this focus only emerged in the final stages of research and writing (as happens so often in the PhD journey!). I was keen to return to the study of empathy and explore this more fully from an interdisciplinary perspective, looking beyond how film studies scholars have used the concept thus far, towards theorisations of empathy in history, psychology and philosophy."

 
 

Workshop
Reigniting the Embers of Empathy!
 Building Empathic Community
Saturday, March 15, 2014, Oakland CA

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Workshop Video: Reigniting the Embers of Empathy! Building Empathic Community.


Invitation

How might we empathically redesign our community to better support our deepest dreams, values, needs and aspirations? Let us come together to reignite the embers of personal and community empathy!  We will learn how to listen and respond so that each person feels loved, heard, seen, and appreciated. When we work together we can co-create harmonious loving relationships and communities. 

"We’ll have to reignite the embers
of empathy and fellow feeling"

 Barack Obama 

 
"The March on Washington teaches us that we are not trapped by the mistakes of history; that we are masters of our fate. But it also teaches us that the promise of this nation will only be kept when we work together.  We’ll have to reignite the embers of empathy and fellow feeling, the coalition of conscience that found expression in this place 50 years ago." Barack Obama 

Be Another Lab - Empathy through technology, science, and art.
Arthur Pointeau, Philippe Bertrand and Edwin Rutsch

 

BE ANOTHER LAB is an interdisciplinary art collective dedicated to investigate embodied and telepresence experiments. We believe that the understanding of the “self” is related to the understanding of the “Other” and that more than individuals, we are part of a broader system called humanity. Under this perspective, we search for innovative possibilities on the concepts of embodied interaction, extended body and extended mind by mixing low-budget digital technology with social relations, Web and also neuroscientist methodologies.
 


 

The goal of Be Another Lab is to explore
 the concepts of empathy through
technology, science, and art.
 

 

Arthur Pointeau
Programmer seeking the empowerment of individuals and communities by digital means. He likes to work in interdisciplinary environments where science, humanities and technology meet and stimulate each other.

  Philippe Bertrand
Interdisciplinary artist, investigator, activist. Interested in interactive narratives and 2.0 tools of social intervention.

We develop Creative Commons tools based on OpenKnowledge and are collaborating with experimental psychologists and neurologists to develop usage procedures to ‘the machine’ as a low-budget rehabilitation system, and also as an immersive role playing system.
Sub Conference: Arts

 
 

Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution
Roman Krznaric

Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living. He is a founding faculty member of The School of Life in London, which offers instruction and inspiration on the important questions of everyday life, and advises organisations including Oxfam and the United Nations on using empathy and conversation to create social change. He has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading lifestyle philosophers. Roman is author of  Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution.

 



 

 I believe that empathy – the imaginative act of
stepping into another person’s shoes and
viewing the world from their perspective – 
is a radical tool for social change and
should be a guiding light
for the art of living
.

 

From the book description; "Through encounters with actors, activists, groundbreaking designers, undercover journalists, nurses, bankers and neuroscientists, Krznaric defines a new breed of adventurer. He sets out the six life-enhancing habits of highly empathetic people, whose skills enable them to connect with others in extraordinary ways. Empathy has the power to transform relationships, from the personal to the political. Krznaric contends that, as we move on from an age of introspection, empathy will be key to fundamental social change - making this book a manifesto for revolution."

Sub Conference:

Empathetic Marketing:
How to Satisfy the 6 Core Emotional Needs of Your Customers
 Mark Ingwer

Mark Ingwer is a business psychologist and the founding partner of Insight Consulting Group, a global marketing and strategy consultancy specializing in consumer and business insights.  He has over 25 years experience applying his unique blend of psychology, marketing, and business acumen to helping companies optimize their brand and marketing strategy based on an in-depth understanding of their customers.

 


Marco Polo travelling (wikipedia)


The business community... often it fails to

 practice empathy in its marketing
and thus falls short of truly
connecting with customers.

 

Mark is author of Empathetic Marketing: How to Satisfy the 6 Core Emotional Needs of Your Customers.  He writes,  "A business that invests in empathy devotes itself to understanding the emotional needs and motivations of its customers, and aligns itself to meet them. Companies have increasingly embraced the role of emotion in selling products and services, but often merely pay lip service to its importance without understanding how to harness it."

Sub Conference: Workplace

Bike Travel as a Model to Cultivate Empathy
Roberto Gallegos

Annika Wachter and Roberto Gallego are founders of Tasting Travels, a project that seeks to promote bicycle travel as a model to cultivate empathy. They have ridden their bicycles from Europe to Australia and beyond.
 

They say, "We are a multicultural couple that decided in 2011 to explore a thin line around the world by bicycle. Our main goal is to promote bike travel as a model to cultivate empathy.... We are moved by the strong belief that bike travel is an excellent way to cultivate empathy in our world, not only towards human beings but to other living species."

 

... bike travel is an excellent way

to cultivate empathy in our world,

not only towards human beings but
to other living species...

 


Annika Wachter and Roberto Gallego
 

Sub Conference:

Empathy Connects and Removes the Blocks to Action!
Dominic Barter

Dominic Barter plays with dialogue and partnership, focusing primarily in the fields of education, justice, culture and social change. In the mid-90s he collaborated in the development of Restorative Circles, a community-based and -owned practice for dynamic engagement with conflict that grew from conversations with residents in gang-controlled shantytown favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

He adapted the practice for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice's award-winning national projects in Restorative Justice and supports its application in a further 25 countries. In recent years he has supervised the mediation program for the Police Pacification Units in Rio, served as invited professor at the Standing Group for Consensual Methods of Conflict Resolution, at the High Court of Rio, with a focus on school mediation and bullying, and focused on the development of restorative community. Currently Dominic directs the Dialogue Restoration project for the State Education Department of Rio de Janeiro and partners with the Centre for the Study of Public Security and Citizenship at Candido Mendes University.

La danse -  Henri Matisse (Wikipedia)
 

There's something really unique about empathy,
 that it clears the things that are blocking action,
and that it connects both inside and
to other people in a way that

is transformative.

As a long time student and colleague of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg Dominic serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, shares Nonviolent Communication throughout Brazil and internationally, and supports its learning in project-based, community contexts. He has been active in the street movements and occupations in Rio in recent years. He’s the very happy dad of an amazing 14 year old. You can find out more about Restorative Circles at RestorativeCircles.org

Sub Conference: Justice

Beyond Compassion Fatigue:
The Transactional Model of Physician Compassion

Antonio Fernando

Antonio (Tony) Fernando is a medical doctor and Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine in the University of Auckland located in Auckland, New Zealand. His research interests include diagnosis and treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders. He is currently working on a PhD on compassion in healthcare.

 

Tony wrote an article titled;  Beyond Compassion Fatigue: The Transactional Model of Physician Compassion.  He writes, "Paradoxically, despite being central to the practice of good medicine, the bulk of studies across the past two decades have been focused not on compassion, but on compassion fatigue....

 

Anatomy of the heart - Enrique Simonet  (Wikipedia)

 

We have suggested that the scientific study
of compassion in medicine may be enhanced
when conducted within a transactional framework...

 

"We have suggested that the scientific study of compassion in medicine may be enhanced when conducted within a transactional framework in which compassion is viewed as stemming from the dynamic interactions between physician, patient, clinical, and institution/environment factors. The Transactional Model of Physician Compassion offers a framework within which to identify and organize the barriers and facilitators of physician compassion and thus better inform future interventions aimed at enhancing physician compassion."

Sub Conference: Health Care

 
 

Panel 26: What is the Relationship Between Self-Empathy, Empathy,
Self-Compassion & Compassion?

In this panel discussion, Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer and Edwin Rutsch discuss the question,
What is the Relationship Between Self-Empathy, Empathy, Self-Compassion & Compassion?  There is a great deal of confusion about the meanings and definitions of self-empathy, empathy, self-compassion & compassion. We might be talking about the same experience, but are using different words, or are talking about different experiences and are using the same word, etc.

 

Parable of the Good Samaritan - G. Conti (Wikipedia)

 

There is a great deal of confusion about the meanings and
definitions of self-empathy, empathy, self-compassion
& compassion. We might be talking about the same

experience, but are using different words.
 

Some people, for instance, say there is compassion fatigue. Recently some in the compassion community have been saying it's really empathy fatigue. Kristin feels personal distress may be a more accurate term. Edwin feels there is no such thing as compassion or empathy fatigue, it is really more accurately described as empathy and compassion deficit fatigue. Join us for a wide ranging dialog about this and more with leaders in the field of empathy and compassion.


Kristin Neff is Associate Professor in Human Development and Culture, Educational Psychology Department, University of Texas at Austin. Kristin is author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind.

Christopher Germer is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness and acceptance-based treatment.  He is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Chris is author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

Edwin Rutsch is founding director of The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy. The center is a portal for resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion.

 

Sub Conferences: Science and Self-Empathy

Empathy and Democracy: Feeling, Thinking, and Deliberation

Michael E. Morrell is Associate Professor, University of Connecticut. His main research interests examine the connections between empathy and democracy, the effects of direct democratic participation on citizens, and the role of political efficacy in democracy, public opinion, and political behavior. He is also continuing to explore his theory of the role of empathy in democracy as it relates to topics ranging from President Barack Obama to agonistic democracy. Michael is author of Empathy and Democracy: Feeling, Thinking, and Deliberation. He writes:

 

"Today's democracies are still struggling to fulfill democracy's
 promise of equal consideration, and the claim I will defend
is that they can do so most fully by giving
 empathy a central role in democratic
decision-making. "

 


Signing of the U.S.Constitution - Junius Brutus Stearns (Wikipedia)

 

"only by placing empathy at the heart of deliberation
can democracy fulfill its promise of
 allowing legitimate decisions that
 give equal consideration to
all those in society."

Building New Authentic Empathy Communities & Cultures
Kelly Bryson

Kelly Bryson, MA, MFT is the author of the best selling book, Don't Be Nice, Be Real – Balancing Passion for Self with Compassion for Others. He is a licensed therapist in private practice, lecturer, workshop facilitator, and consultant. He has been an authorized trainer for the International Center for Nonviolent Communication for over 20 years, and has trained thousands in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Kelly is also a humorist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He in now working on building new authentic empathy communities & cultures.

Kelly writes, "When I empathize with someone, I become a strong and gentle wind, filling the sailboat of the other’s inner exploration.  As the Wind, I have no control over the steering of the boat.  That is left up to the captain of the ship, the person I am being present to.  I do not try to direct, only connect with where the other is in this very present moment.  I bring in no ideas of thoughts about the past or the future.  I bring in no thoughts of my own.  I have no preference for where we go on this journey – only that it come from the captain’s heart and choice.  The purpose of my presence is connection, never correction.  I am a steady, present trade wind, not an impatient and gusty gale."


Sailboats Racing on Delaware - Thomas Eakins (Wikipedia)

 When I empathize with someone,
I become a strong and gentle wind,
 filling the sailboat of the other’s
 inner exploration
..

 "Empathy brings in nothing from the past. When I am empathizing I am not remembering when I was having a similar experience. In one sense I am not even there. The only thing present is your experience, feelings and stories. I am being with the felt sense of them. Relating to another experience is about you. Empathizing is about them. Some people get so caught up in the fear of wondering whether they are empathizing correctly that very little empathy or attention is left to be with the other. It is not really about doing empathy or giving empathy - it is being empathy."
Sub Conference: Compassionate Communication (NVC) and
Building Empathic Community

 On Carl Rogers and Being Empathic
Gay Leah
Barfield

Gay Leah Barfield was a Fellow of Center for Studies of the Person for nearly 30 years where she created one of the first Women's Centers in San Diego, as well as the 22 year long series of "Living Now" Summer Institutes.  With Carl R. Rogers she co-directed the Carl Rogers Institute for Peace, applying person-centered principles to real and potential international crisis situations, for which Dr. Rogers was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987.  

 

Gay wrote the forward to: Being Empathic: A Companion for Counsellors and Therapists, by Steve Vincent. She published several chapters in person-centered texts over recent years relating to feminism and politics and PCA, with additional journal articles.

 

 

 

Empathy is a special way of coming to know another
and ourself, a kind of attuning and understanding.
When empathy is extended, it satisfies our
needs and wish for intimacy, it rescues us
from our feelings of aloneness.
 
Carl Rogers

 

Semi-retired, she continues to see private clients, mentor and train MA graduate student therapists at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, as well as write and publish about her experiences over the past 40 years as a "gatherer," social activist, and stubborn idealist. Her immediate concern for increasing civil discourse, based on Rogerian principles, particularly as applied to the political dialogue process, is paramount among her interests.

 

Gay and I talked about her work with Carl Rogers, her insights into the nature of empathy and what she sees as the many benefits of empathy.
Sub Conferences: Science:

What's Wrong With Empathy?
Denise Cummins

Denise Dellarosa Cummins is a retired Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include the evolution and development of higher cognition in artificial and biological systems.

Her experimental investigations focus on Causal Cognition, Social Cognition, and Moral Cognition. Denise is an author and contributor to several books including, Good Thinking and The Other Side of Psychology. She wrote an article titled, What's Wrong With Empathy, as a response to 'The Case Against Empathy' by Paul Bloom in The New Yorker.

She writes, "To most of us, the idea that empathy is a good thing is a no brainer. The more we empathize with the plight of others, the more ethical and moral we behave towards them. Yet a number of psychologists and philosophers reject this view....


Philosophers:  The School of Athens - Raphael (Wikipedia)

To most of us, the idea that empathy is a good thing
 is a no brainer.
... Yet a number of psychologists
and philosophers reject this view....

Some experts believe empathy leads to bad moral judgments and bad social policy... The desire to censure empathy stems from the belief that empathy and other emotions necessarily lead to anarchy and retributive justice, while reason necessarily leads to order and good judgment. Yet sufficient evidence from the annals of human history plainly shows that reason, untempered by empathy, is just as likely to lead to tyranny and genocide as it is to lead to good judgment. When compassion and reason are decoupled, judgment is not improved. Instead, the door is opened to inhumane practices."
Sub Conferences: Science

For & Against Empathy: Is Empathy Necessary for Morality?
Jesse Prinz

Jesse Prinz is Distinguished Professor at City University of New York, Graduate Center. He says "I work primarily in the philosophy of psychology, broadly construed. I am interested in how the mind works. I think philosophical accounts of the mental can be fruitfully informed by findings from psychology, the neurosciences, anthropology, and related fields. My theoretical convictions are unabashedly empiricist. I hope to resuscitate core claims of British Empiricism against the backdrop of contemporary philosophy of mind and cognitive science."

 

Jesse wrote a couple of papers critical of empathy titled, 'Against Empathy' and 'Is Empathy Necessary for Morality?'  His work has been referenced by other articles critical of empathy like 'The Baby in the Well, The case against empathy' by Paul Bloom in The New Yorker and 'The Limits of Empathy' by David Brooks in the New York Times.
 

Danger - empathy may be harmful?

Peter Paul Rubens - Prometheus Bound  (Wikipedia)

 

Against Empathy:
"empathy is prone to biases that
render it potentially harmful.
.."

In this engaging interview-dialog, Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Jesse about the problems he sees with empathy and replies to some of the criticisms.  Jesses says, "empathy is prone to biases that render it potentially harmful. Another construct—concern—fares somewhat better, but it is also of limited use. I argue that, instead of empathy, moral judgments involve emotions such as anger, disgust, guilt, and admiration. These, not empathy, provide the sentimental foundation for morality."

Sub Conferences: Science: Philosophy

 Empathizing with Paul Bloom's Concerns, Criticisms and
 Judgments of Empathy

Paul Bloom is a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. His research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on language, morality, religion, fiction, and art.

 


Three Wise Monkeys   (Wikipedia)
 

Empathy has some unfortunate features  -
 it
is parochial, narrow-minded, and innumerate.

We’re often at our best when we’re smart
enough not to rely on it.


Paul's article in the May edition of the New Yorker Magazine
, titled "The Baby in the Well, The Case Against Empathy" expresses some of his concerns about the current enthusiasm for empathy.  We are developing some empathic dialog to listen to and empathically hear and respond to these concerns.

Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self.
Sim Van der Ryn

Sim Van der Ryn has been a teacher, writer, researcher, and practitioner of design for forty years. A leading authority on ecologically sustainable architecture and design, he is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1961.

 

Sim is author of numerous books including his most recent, Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self.  "He advocates for “empathic design”, in which a designer not only works in concert with nature, but with an understanding of and empathy for the end user and for ones self.  It is not just one of these connections, but all three that are necessary to design for a future that is more humane, equitable, and resilient."

 

In Design for an Empathic World, Sim Van Der Ryn weaves

the architecture of empathy for self, others and

nature into a vibrant, compassionate whole...

 

"In Design for an Empathic World, Sim Van Der Ryn weaves the architecture of empathy for self, others and nature into a vibrant, compassionate whole. Brimming with gratitude, Van Der Ryn tells stories from his life as an architect, teacher and thought leader. His lesson, that only with empathy can we repair the fabric of humans and nature." Jonathan F.P. Rose
Sub Conference: Human-Centered Design

 
 

Empathizing with Paul Bloom and his Case Against Empathy
Mary Gordon

Mary Gordon is the Founder, President and the inspiration behind Roots of Empathy & Seeds of Empathy.  She is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert who has created programs informed by the power of empathy.


The Child's Bath - Mary Cassatt (Wikipedia)

 I tell them we need empathy in the water supply
 to prevent social decay.
..

Mary is author of Roots of Empathy: Changing the World, Child by Child.  She says, "When I talk to city officials,  I speak of the fact that there is fluoride in our water supply to prevent tooth decay.  I tell them we need empathy in the water supply to prevent social decay."

Organizing through Empathy: Introduction
Kathryn Pavlovich, Keiko Krahnke

Kathryn Pavlovich is Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. She has a special interest in conscious capitalism, enterprise, self-leadership, ethics and spirituality. Keiko Krahnke is Associate Professor at the University of Northern Colorado. She has research interest in empathy, systems thinking, ethics, and spirituality. In this interview, editors Kathryn Pavlovich and Keiko Krahnke  give a broad overview of the book and the individual chapters.

 


Charlie Chaplin - Modern Times (Wikipedia)

This book challenges the existing paradigm of capitalism
 by providing scientific evidence and empirical data that
 empathy is the most important organizing mechanism..

Organizing through Empathy. "This book challenges the existing paradigm of capitalism by providing scientific evidence and empirical data that empathy is the most important organizing mechanism.... Empathy dissolves the boundaries between self and others, and feelings of  altruism towards others are activated. This process results in more compassionate and caring contexts, as well as helping others in times of suffering. This book provides evidence from neuroscience and quantum physics that it is empathy that connects humanity, and that this awareness can create a more just society.

Sub Conferences: Workplace and Science

Organizing through Empathy: Chapter 10 The Caring Climate:
How Sport Environments Can Develop Empathy in Young People 

Lori A. Gano-Overway

 

Lori A. Gano-Overway is Associate Professor in Health and Exercise Science interested in the psychosocial aspects of physical activity. 

 

Lori teaches sport psychology, health and exercise psychology, motor behavior, research methods, and administration of sport and physical education programs

 

 Organizing through Empathy. "This book challenges the existing paradigm of capitalism by providing scientific evidence and empirical data that empathy is the most important organizing mechanism."

 


 The Biglin Brothers Racing - Thomas Eakins (wikipaintings)
 

By developing empathy, youth learn to attend to emotional cues,
listen, become sensitive to others, understand another's

perspective, and read the needs of others...
 

"By developing empathy, youth learn to attend to emotional cues, listen, become sensitive to others, understand another's perspective, and read the needs of others, which allows them to work and live with others in community and act with compassion toward others' needs."  
Sub Conferences: Workplace and Science

Organizing through Empathy: Chapter 12
Peter Senge and Keiko Krahnke

Transcendent Empathy: The Ability to See the Larger System

Keiko Krahnke is Associate Professor of Management; Business Communications at University of Northern Colorado in the Montfort College of Business. Areas of research interests include spirituality and business, systems thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, and corporate citizenship.

 

Peter Michael Senge is an American scientist and director of the Center for Organizational Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

 


Study for Yosemite Valley Glacier Point Trail - Bierstadt Albert  (Wikipedia)

 

We propose the notion of "transcendent empathy"
as the
ability to see these larger systems in time
and space, to move beyond mere
intellectual understanding
...

 

"We suggest that empathy is something broader than knowing or feeling another's psychological or emotional state. The fundamental concept of empathy is to care about another as if you were in the shoes of the other. Our purpose here is to expand this caring to the larger living systems of which we are part. We propose the notion of "transcendent empathy" as the ability to see these larger systems in time and space, to move beyond mere intellectual understanding to embrace "system sensing" as a doorway to other awareness of what exists now and to future possibilities."
Sub Conferences: Workplace and Science

How to Transform Medicine with Empathy and Stories
 Danielle Ofri

Danielle Ofri, MD is an essayist, editor, and practicing internist in New York City. She is an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine.

 

Danielle is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary journal to arise from a medical setting. Danielle's newest book - What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine – explores the hidden emotional world of the doctor, and how this impacts the medical care that patients receive every day.

 

Healing the Sick - Domenico di Bartolo (Wikipedia)


It’s no wonder that the third year of medical school
figures prominently in studies that document
decline of empathy and moral reasoning 
in medical trainees...
 

She writes, "It’s no wonder that the third year of medical school figures prominently in studies that document decline of empathy and moral reasoning in medical trainees... the erosion of empathy, for example, may have long-reaching consequences. Patients of doctors who score lower on tests that measure empathy appear to have worse clinical outcomes. Diabetic patients, for instance, have worse control of their blood sugar and cholesterol. Cancer patients seem to experience more depression. Medication compliance diminishes. Even the common cold can last longer."
Sub Conference: Health Care and Arts

 
 

Panel 24: Moving Medical Culture from Detachment to Empathy,
   Jodi Halpern, Helen Riess, Edwin Rutsch  

Edwin Rutsch, Director of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy, hosts a discussion with two of the primary leaders in the movement to transform medical culture from detachment to a culture of empathy.


The Doctor - Luke Fildes (Wikipedia)
 

I’ve investigated what happens to patients when
their doctors show a lack of empathy...
only recently have studies proven just
how harmful detachment and how
beneficial empathy is for healing.
Jodi Halpern

Jodi Halpern M.D., Ph.D, is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Medical Program and the School of Public Health.  She is author of From Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice.

Helen Riess M.D., Ph.D is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She is Chief Technology Officer of Empathetics which offers scientifically based empathy training proven to optimize interpersonal engagement.'

Sub Conference: Health Care

 Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy

Daniel Siegel

Daniel Siegel M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. His training is in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Dan is the author of many books on parenting, child development, Mindsight, etc.including The Developing Mind, Second Edition: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being.

 


After bath  - Mary Cassatt (MaryCassatt.org)

When kids are able to watch an interaction that's empathic,
 empathy isn't just being taught;
it's being demonstrated,


Dan shared his understanding about the importance of empathy and how it works in the brain thought mirror neurons. "When kids are able to watch an interaction that's empathic, empathy isn't just being taught; it's being demonstrated," Talking about the importance of empathic attunement, Dan says, "When we attune with others we allow our own internal state to shift, to come to resonate with the inner world of another. This resonance is at the heart of the important sense of “feeling felt” that emerges in close relationships. Children need attunement to feel secure and to develop well, and throughout our lives we need attunement to feel close and connected."
Sub Conference: Science

 Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy
 Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group.  She is the author of numerous books including, On Becoming Fearless...in Love, Work, and Life.   Here is an interview I did with Arianna via email.
 


The Fall of the Berlin Wall
(Wikipedia)

For the empathy movement, a critical mass is
when the empathy habit is cultivated by
enough people that it can begin
to spread spontaneously.



How can we build a culture of empathy?

"To a physicist a critical mass is the amount of radioactive material that must be present for a nuclear reaction to become self-sustaining. For the empathy movement, a critical mass is when the empathy habit is cultivated by enough people that it can begin to spread spontaneously. I think of it as an outbreak of a positive infection. And everyone has the potential to be a carrier. So one thing we can do is to spread it as widely as possible...  

 

I think the opposite of empathy is the projection of our own fears onto others. We've seen this over and over again throughout American history. In times of economic upheaval, when huge numbers of people are losing their jobs, losing their homes, and feeling powerless to do anything about it, it has always been the case that people look for scapegoats. Empathy is the antidote to that."

Sub Conference: Journalism and Media.

Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Oxytocin
Paul Zak

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Paul J. Zak is Professor of Economics and Department Chair, as well as the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He is author of: The Moral Molecule: The source of love and prosperity, which explores the relationship between Oxytocin, empathy, compassion, trust, etc

 


Elisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun by Louise Élisabeth  (Wikimedia)
 


The change in
O
xytocin predicted their feelings of empathy.
 So it's empathy that makes us connect to other people.

It's empathy that makes us help other people.
It's empathy that makes us moral

 

"The Moral Molecule is a first-hand account of the discovery of a molecule that makes us moral. It reveals that compassion [and empathy] is part of our human nature, why loneliness can kill you, and why your neighbor may be a psychopath."
Sub Conference: Science

 
 

Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion
James Doty

 

James Doty is Stanford Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and founding director of the Center for the Study of Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).   

CCARE is striving to create a community of scholars
and researchers, including neuroscientists,
 psychologists, educators and philosophical and
contemplative thinkers
around the
study of compassion.


Der gute Samariter - Vincent van Gogh (Wikipedia)


 

 
 

The Nature of Empathy and Compassion
 
 Paul Ekman

 


The survival of the planet as we know it depends
 on global compassion...

If I was president, thank god I'm not, I would start a
 Manhattan Project on global empathy
.

If I was president, thank god I'm not, I would start a Manhattan Project on global empathy. It has the urgency of the Manhattan Project. It needs the bringing together of the best minds in the world to focus on this issue, because there is an urgency too it. I think Al Gore was right, that time is running out. We can't wait 20 or 40 years to figure out what to do with this problem."
Sub Conference: Science

 
 

Frans de Waal talks with Edwin about the Nature of Empathy

 
How can we build a culture of empathy?
I think it is important in society, especially at the moment. Now that we have come out of this period where greed was so good. I think it is important to emphasize that there are alternative ways of looking at society. A society where solidarity is important and caring about others is important. 


Neonatal (newborn) macaque imitating facial expressions (Wikipedia)

How can we build a culture of empathy?
I think it is important in society, especially at the moment. Now that we have come out of this period where greed was so good.
.. A cultural and educational change that emphasizes empathy more.

The other things, that I'm not an expert on, is education and culture of course. A cultural and educational change that emphasizes empathy more. I would also warn that empathy is not invariably positive. People think that empathy is automatically a positive characteristic. Empathy can be used for bad purposes also.
Sub Conference: Science

 How to Build a Culture of Empathy
Marco Iacobon
i

Marco Iacoboni is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Marco Iacoboni Lab, UCLA Brain Mapping Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of, Mirroring People: The New Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others.


"Empathy plays a fundamental role in our social lives. It allows us to share emotions, experiences, needs, and goals. Not surprisingly, there is much empirical evidence suggesting a strong link between between mirror neurons (or some general forms of neuronal mirroring) and empathy."
 

 


Venus with a Mirror - Titian  (Wikipedia)
 

 A culture of empathy can be increased by: 
becoming aware about our biological capacity
 for empathy through mirror neurons

 

In this interview, Marco Iacoboni challenges the traditional Western understanding of human nature as selfish and struggling for surviving and suggests that neurologically and evolutionally we are predispositioned to create empathic connections. A culture of empathy can be increased by: 

  • becoming aware about our biological capacity for empathy through mirror neurons, 

  • having intention to increase culture empathy, 

  • creating more empathic living environment 

  • decreasing the focus on differences and labeling 

  • increasing the focus on us (similarities)

  • increasing empathic behavior of governments, leaders and media....

Empathy Definitions, Measurements & Metrics
 Marco Iacoboni, Lidewij Niezink, Edwin Rutsch

In this second interview, Marco Iacoboni, Lidewij Niezink and Edwin Rutsch discuss Definitions, Measurements & Metrics of empathy.  Marco says, "I think what's interesting to me most is to define metrics of empathy. How can I measure this thing?  Why it matters? If we want to design interventions to improve empathy we need to agree upon ways of quantifying it. People do get bogged down in debates on definitions and don't even get to the point of trying to discuss metrics of empathic behavior. This slows down progress, I think"
Sub Conference: Science

 

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