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The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy is a leader of the global empathy movement. Our mission is to build a movement for creating a global worldwide culture of empathy and care. We do this through a variety of means.  First is by community organizing and by collecting, curating and organizing all the material we find on the internet on the topic.  A current  focus is on; bridging social and political divides, designing a free online empathy training course, building an academic empathy training literature wiki, and holding public activist Empathy Tent Pop-ups..
  

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Dialogue Across the Political Divides
with Empathy Circles.

An Empathy Circle is a structured process that supports meaningful and constructive dialogue. The process is the most effective first step and gateway empathy building practice. It increases mutual understanding and connection by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction.

Does Empathy have Dark Sides or is it all Light?

Fritz Breithaupt


Fritz Breithaupt is Provost Professor at Indiana University Bloomington. He founded and directs the Experimental Humanities Laboratory at IU. He is author of the book, The Dark Sides of Empathy.
 

Fritz argues that some of the dark sides of empathy include; self-loss, side taking, identifying with the helper, sadistic empathy and vampiristic empathy. Edwin argues that empathy is light and the so-called dark sides are not empathy, but blocks to empathy.
 

Fritz says (and Edwin agrees) that a benefit of empathy is;

 

 "Empathy intensifies our experiences and widens the scope of our perceptions. We feel more than we could with-out it, and it enables us to participate more fully in the lives of others, even fictional characters."

and

 "Empathy is, of course, a critical factor in healthy long-term relationships, too, making it easier for us to understand our family members or romantic partners and anticipate their emotional needs and reactions. Love without empathy would be a sad thing for most people."


Sub Conferences: Science

 
 
 

Building Social and Cultural Empathy
Elizabeth  Segal
 


 

Elizabeth A. Segal is a social policy analyst with a background in professional social work. She currently holds the position of Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Dr. Segal's current research is on social empathy, the application of empathic insights into creating better social welfare policies and programs. She has begun work on creating a compendium of methods to teach social empathy and an instrument to measure people's inclination towards social empathy.

Elizabeth is author of many books, including;
   * Social Empathy: The Art of Understanding Others
   * Assessing Empathy.
   * An Introduction to the Profession of Social Work.

 

Our ability to understand others and help others understand us is essential to our individual and collective well-being. Yet there are many barriers that keep us from walking in the shoes of others: fear, skepticism, and power structures that separate us from those outside our narrow groups.

 

 To progress in a multicultural world and ensure our common good, we need to overcome these obstacles. Our best hope can be found
 in the skill of empathy.


Sub Conferences: Science

Best Ways to Learn, Practice and Deepen Empathy
Michele Borba

Michele Borba, is an internationally renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, bullying, and character development. She is an award-winning author of twenty-two books translated into fourteen languages. One of the foremost authorities on childhood development in the country, she is a regular NBC contributor who appears regularly on Today and has been featured as an expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, Dr. Oz, and The Early Show, among many others.  She is author of, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.

 

"Empathy is the root of humanity and the foundation that helps our children become good, caring people. But the Empathy Advantage also gives them a huge edge at happiness and success."


Sub Conference: Education

 
 

True Stories About The Healing Power of Empathy

Mary Goyer

 Mary Goyer is Holistic Counselor, Trauma Specialist, & Executive Coach. She supports organizations in cultivating innovative, collaborative, and productive work cultures. Individual coaching and team trainings focus on peak performance, conflict resolution, effective collaborative and feedback skills, and managing personality challenges that impede employee engagement.  She is editor of: The Healing Power of Empathy: True Stories About Transforming Relationships.

 

"Empathy is an essential leadership skill and a cornerstone of good relationships - but it can be hard to access when it's most needed. Luckily, empathy is also a learnable skill. With mindfulness, empathy has deescalated conflicts, combated loneliness, and built human connections in the most unlikely places."



The Boyhood of Raleigh by Sir John Everett Millais

 

"What a difference it makes when a dash of empathy
 is added into tense or important conversations
 of every magnitude."


Sub Conference: NVC

It's time to harness the power of empathy.
Fostering Empathy Through Museums

Elif Gokcigdem 

Elif Gokcigdem is a thought leader, historian of Islamic art, and a museum scholar who is committed to creating fertile grounds of empathy through informal learning platforms to inspire positive behavior change, caring mindsets, and compassionate worldviews that value all of humanity and the planet.


Musée du Louvre - Hubert Robert (Wikipedia)

 It's time to harness the power of empathy by creating shared terminology, vision, and values across disciplines and sectors. As leaders of cross-industry dialogue and innovation, we are positioned to develop the standards and best practices of the empathy-building movement.

Empathy Activists Circle
How might we
grow the empathy movement?

 
View Video  ON YOUTUBE or ON FACEBOOK
 

A series of Empathy Circles with empathy activists. Most participants have written books or head programs on the topic. This is a way to explore the different facets of empathy together and for people in the field to get to know each other and exchange ideas and insights.

Participants
Edwin Rutsch: Director, Center for Building a Culture of Empathy

Jackie Acho: Author, Empathy Deficit Disorder: Healing from Our Mix-ups About Work, Home, and Sex

Anita Nowak: Author, The Empaths Strike Back! 

Jack Ricchiuto: Author, Simple Listening

The Empathy Instinct:
How to Create a More Civil Society

 Peter Bazalgette 

Peter Lytton Bazalgette is a British television executive and creative figure. He is a television producer who helped to create the independent TV production sector in the United Kingdom, and went on to be the leading creative figure in the global TV. He was Chair of Arts Council England from 2012 until 2016. He is the author of: The Empathy Instinct: How to Create a More Civil Society.

 

Empathy is the power of understanding others, imaginatively entering into their feelings.
It is a fundamental human attribute, without

which mutually cooperative societies

cannot function.

 Noah Berlatsky - Against Empathy
Edwin Rutsch - For a Culture of Empathy


(View On YouTube or On Facebook)

Edwin dialogues and empathizes with

Noah about his article: 
The Case Against Empathizing With Trump Supporters

 

Noah,

"Empathy isn't the solution to our political crisis..... 
 In practice, unfortunately, empathy is an imperfect tool for political or moral change, one that can exacerbate divisions rather than healing them. Trump himself leverages empathy to enable his administration's bigotry and cruelty and to justify eroding political norms."

Edwin,

"Empathy is the solution to our political crisis and here is why...."

 

Empathy:
Bridging The Divide Of Polarizing
Conversations with Edwin Rutsch

Being interviewed by Justine Willis Toms on New Dimensions Radio.
See this link for Free Listening Through May 7, 2019.

For over 4 decades New Dimensions has been gleaning experience and inspiration from some of the world
's most innovative, enlightened, and trustworthy wisdom leaders as it sows the seeds of encouragement and confidence that, together, we can meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is the history of the concept of empathy

  • What is the difference between empathy and sympathy

  • What are some physical traits we can cultivate to establish empathy with another

  • What is an example of connecting with a neighbor of a different political persuasion

  • How developing empathy is a gateway practice like developing a muscle

  • What is the process used in the Empathy Cafes both on-line and in person

  • How Rutsch set up an Empathy Tent at a Berkeley political rally

  • Why it is important to repeat back to the person what they have said without having to agree with them...

  • ....

Empathy Circle with Empathy Activists
How might we build a more empathic society and culture?

This the first of a series of Empathy Circles with empathy activists.  Most participants have written books or head programs on the topic.  This is a way to explore the different facets of empathy together and for people in the field to get to know each other and exchange ideas and insights.  

 

Participants

 

Edwin Rutsch
Director, Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
"The Empathy Circle is the most effective gateway practice for
nurturing and practicing empathy that I know of."


Jackie Acho
Author, Empathy Deficit Disorder: Healing from Our Mix-ups About Work, Home, and Sex 
 
"The empathy deficit disorder is the result of an economic
 system built on the separation of work and home."


Minter Dial
Author, Heartificial Empathy, Putting Heart into Business and Artificial Intelligence 

"Here are five of the best ways to strengthen your empathy muscle
 and abilities: 1. Listen. Practice active listening, by
reformulating what you hear out loud..."


Anita Nowak
Author, The Empaths Strike Back! 

"Empathy is the most positively disruptive force on the planet,
but only when it leads to action. It's time for an
 empathic action revolution.
"

 

Empathy Deficit Disorder:
Healing from Our Mix-ups About Work, Home, and Sex

Jackie Acho

Jackie Acho is President of The Acho Group, a strategy and leadership consulting firm. Prior to founding The Acho Group in 2005, she was a Partner in the Midwest Complex of McKinsey & Company. She has worked for technology, industrial, academic, nonprofit, and economic development clients on a variety of issues, with particular focus on growth and innovation, strategy, and leadership development for more than 25 years. Jackie is co-author or Empathy Deficit Disorder: Healing from Our Mix-ups About Work, Home, and Sex.

 

The empathy deficit disorder is the result of an economic system built on the separation of work and home. This separation has devalued the most foundational form of empathy - the emotional, embodied, so-called affective empathy that is our birthright. As a result we have forgotten who we are...
 


(Source: Wikipedia Dance)
By aligning our new external reality with our innermost humanity, co-creation offers a solution to our empathy deficit disorder and an opportunity to unite our divided world. Empathy is that powerful.


Sub Conference: Workplace

Putting Empathy into
Business and Artificial Intelligence

Minter Dial

Minter Dial is a thought-leader, author, consultant and professional speaker. He is president and founder of Digitalproof Consultancy, a strategic firm providing digital and brand consulting to clients including Kering Group, Samsung, Google and L'Oreial.  Minter is author of, Heartificial Empathy, Putting Heart into Business and Artificial Intelligence. The objective of this book is to explore ways to increase empathy in business and machines.

 

For business, empathy may be the biggest untapped lever for productivity, customer fidelity and long-term profitability!



Source Wikipedia


Here are five of the best ways to strengthen your empathy muscle and abilities:

1. Listen. Practice active listening, by reformulating what you hear out loud...

2. Explore Differences....

3. Read Fiction...

4. Do Mindfulness...

5. Know Why....

Sub Conference: Workplace

Empathy A History

Susan Lanzoni

Susan Lanzoni is a historian of psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience and teaches at Harvard's School of Continuing Education. Her work has been featured in the Atlantic and American Scientist and on Cognoscenti on WBUR, Boston's NPR station.  She is author of Empathy: A History. The book tells the fascinating and largely unknown story of the first appearance of "empathy" in 1908 and tracks its shifting meanings over the following century.

 

History tells us that empathy comprises a complex,

artful but also effortful practice that enrolls
feelings, intellect, and imagination.

 

 

Empathy, in it's many varieties, offers an oblique and

 sometimes direct challenge to the idea that we are

enclosed selves, sharply defined against

 the world and others.

 
 

The Empathy Effect 

 Helen Riess

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

Helen is author of The Empathy Effect: Seven Neuroscience-Based Keys for Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Work, and Connect Across Differences. "In this book, I hope to demonstrate how showing greater empathy toward your fellow human beings can enhance your own life and society as a whole. Through empathy, parents see their children for who they are, and help them realize their potential.

Teachers connect with students in ways that help learners discover and expand there talents. Businesses are more likely to thrive because they invest in the people working for them. Politicians start to represent the needs of their constituencies.
 

The arts have always been a connector for people of all walks of life to learn more about one another, find common ground, inspire curiosity rather than judgment, and provide shared mind empathic experiences that remind us that all people are part of the fabric of humanity. "

 

Sub Conference: Health Care

 Experiences with training and facilitating restorative circles and conflict resolution.

 L'aura Joy

L'aura Joy is a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication, and since 2007 she has been working in the fields of communication, conflict resolution, peace and justice, healing, and decision-making and leadership.


Having grown up in Auroville, an international intentional community in Tamil Nadu, India, L'aura is passionate about exploring how we can live our lives in empowered and co-creative ways. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offers such a clear, yet deeply powerful and transformative framework within which to explore both our inner realities as well as outer relationships. L'aura is also trained in Restorative Circles and Sociocracy, and she applies these approaches to her work with justice and governance in Auroville.

Contemporary Perspectives on Empathy,
Compassion and Self-Compassion

Chad Woodruff

Chad Woodruff is a Cognitive Neuroscientist who uses neuroimaging techniques  to investigate social and cognitive processes. Chad has had extensive experience as a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, and an assistant professor with neuroimaging and has mentored undergraduate students in the use of these techniques for 10 years.
 

He is co-editor of, The Neuroscience of Empathy, Compassion, and Self-Compassion. The book provides contemporary perspectives on the three related domains of empathy, compassion and self-compassion.

 

It informs current research, stimulates further research endeavors, and encourages continued and creative philosophical and scientific inquiry into the critical societal constructs of empathy and compassion.

 

Sub Conferences: Science

 

Political Left and Right Empathy Circle

Topic: How Might We Bridge the Political Divides?

View On Youtube  - On Facebook - October 12, 2018

 

Hosted by: Empathy Tent 
building a culture of empathy
As part of the Empathy Tent and National Week of Conversations Project we hold a Democracy Circle (Empathy Circle) on How might we bridge the Political Divides in the USA? We invite participants from all points on the political spectrum to take part.
 Take Part in Left-Right Empathy Circle.

For National Week of Conversation Project
Mending the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides one conversation at a time. Americans of all stripes are stepping up to address the growing cultural crisis of hyper-polarization and animosity across divides. Together we can turn the tide of rising rancor and deepening division with widespread conversations.

The Empathy Initiative
 to change lives and improve the quality of care
Tracy Levett-Jones

Tracy Levett-Jones is the Professor of Nursing Education and Discipline Lead at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Her research interests include: empathy, belongingness, clinical reasoning, interprofessional education, cultural competence, simulation and patient safety. Tracy has authored ten books, the most recent being 'Clinical Reasoning: Learning to think like a nurse' and 'Critical Conversations for Patient Safety'; as well as nearly 200 book chapters, reports and peer reviewed journal articles.

 

The Empathy Initiative is a group of like-minded academics and practitioners with a strong belief in the power and potential of empathy to change lives and improve the quality of care provided to patients/clients/residents.

 

Our group shares a commitment to undertaking collaborative empathy research that has the capacity to transform education and practice. The purpose of the Empathy Initiative is to generate high quality, rigorous empathy/compassion research that informs and influences student learning and patient care, either directly or indirectly.
Sub Conference: Health Care

Center for Empathy and Visual Arts
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Karleen Gardner

Karleen Gardner is Director of Learning at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She also heads up the Center for Empathy and Visual Arts.

Mia envisions taking a leading role in collaborating with museum colleagues as well as researchers, scholars, content experts, and other influencers to research and explore practices for fostering empathy and global awareness through the power of art and to share these findings with the field.

In our increasingly divisive world, polarized by issues regarding politics, racial inequities, marriage equality, global warming, income disparities, and immigration policies, it becomes clear that our failures to understand other people's feelings are exacerbating prejudice, conflict, and inequality.

 

 


Musée du Louvre - Hubert Robert (Wikipedia)

 

If we wish to develop not only a more equal society but a happier and more creative one, we will need to look outside ourselves and attempt to identify with the experiences of others. This critical skill is called empathy, which "has the power to transform relationships, from the personal to the political, and create fundamental social change".

 

Conflict, Mediation and a Culture of Empathy

Ike Lasater

 

Ike Lasater is the co-founder of Mediate Your Life, a training company that helps people build better lives by changing how they respond to conflict. With extensive training in Nonviolent Communication, Ike teaches and coaches individuals and organizations in communication and conflict resolution skills and has trained thousands of people in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has served on the board of directors for the Center for Nonviolent Communication and the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California. Ike is a former trial attorney for 20 years who co-founded a thriving San Francisco law firm.

 

At its core, the Mediate Your Life training is about listening to - and really hearing - ourselves and others. It is about increasing our capacity for empathy so that when triggered we can overcome the body's natural "fight-flight-freeze" reaction. The process teaches how to replace conflict with true collaboration, new possibilities, and compassionate support.

 

 Sub Conference: NVC

Why a Culture of Empathy is Essential

Brain Goldman

 

For more than thirty years, Dr. Brian Goldman has been an active participant in and keen observer of the culture of modern medicine. Since 2007, he has hosted White Coat, Black Art, a multi-award-winning show on CBC Radio that reveals what goes on behind a hospital's sliding doors. Goldman is author of: The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life.

 

As a veteran emergency room physician, Dr. Brian Goldman has a successful career setting broken bones, curing pneumonia, and otherwise pulling people back from the brink of medical emergency. He always believed that caring came naturally to physicians. But time, stress, errors, and heavy expectations left him wondering if he might not be the same caring doctor he thought he was at the beginning of his career. He wondered what kindness truly looks like - in himself and in others.

 
How can empathy transform health care?
Empathy is the way that we establish human connections. Without it, relationships between people are just transactions and devoid of the emotional warmth and meaning that I think is inherent in the human condition. If we could put more empathy into health care, it would mean that patients are more likely to follow the instructions of physicians and to feel assured that the best is being done for them.

 

Sub Conference: Health Care

 
 

I Will Meet You There
A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness
and Communication.

Shantigarbha

Shantigarbha is an experienced teacher of both Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Buddhism; he is also a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. Shantigarbha is an international NVC trainer, certified with the International Centre for Nonviolent  Communication. He teaches on CNVC's International Intensive Trainings (IITs), is a CNVC Assessor-in-training, and serves on the Social Change and Peacemaking working group. He was given the name Shantigarbha, which means "seed of peace". He is author of,  I'll Meet You There: A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication.

 

Empathy is an intuitive body-sense rather that an intellectual understanding of other people's psychology.

 

Empathy is appreciating and valuing what is fundamental to the other person, their deep motivations, their physical needs, their hopes and dreams. It involved imagining how the other person might feel in their situation and what is important to them.

UC Berkeley: Effective Expression of Empathy
Alissa Stover

Alissa Stover is new gradate in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She along with other students, designed and facilitated a series of empathy classes there over a several year period.  The Empathy Tent Team worked with the classes to facilitate the empathy circle practice and set up the empathy tent in Sproul plaza.  We dialogue with Alissa about her experience facilitating the classes.


 

Empathy Tent at UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza


We believe that empathy is not only fascinating as a concept, but important as a skill on an individual and societal level. By the end of this course we aim to have a better understanding of empathy and to feel more able to use it in our daily lives.

 

From Command to Empathy
Suman Ghose

 Suman Ghose holds an undergraduate degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur & an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He has 22+ years' corporate work experience in some of the world's top multinational companies such as Cadbury's, Intel, Philips and PwC. Suman's focus areas are Leadership Development, Creative Problem Solving (including Decision Making & Cognitive Biases), Design Thinking (trained on Stanford D-school's methodology) & Emotional Intelligence (Personal and Social Competence). He is co-author of  From Command to Empathy: Using EQ in the Age of Disruption.
 

In a world characterized by globalization and rapidly evolving technology, change is a given. The primary workforce is evolving and is now dominated by millennia's who seek purpose and empathy - a phenomenon that top management grapples with.
 

Sub Conference: Workplace


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