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
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
"Here are five of the best ways to strengthen your
and abilities: 1. Listen. Practice active listening, by
reformulating what you hear out loud..."
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
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...
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.
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!
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
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
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
offers scientifically based empathy training proven to optimize
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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".
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.
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.
"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."
"Empathy is the solution to our political crisis and here is