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Empathy Tent

Transforming ‘Us Versus Them’ to 'We’re All In It Together'

Building a Culture of Empathy with empathic listening, dialogue, empathy circles, circle facilitation training, conflict mediation, mediation training, de-escalation, arts and empathic design (human-centered design) project team building and much, much more.  

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Empathy Tent Pop-Ups

      Ongoing Join the Empathy Training Design and Development Team
      Weds, 7pm Weekly Team Meetings  (Every Wednesday, 7 pm PT)

Empathy Circles: Bridging the Political Left-Right Divide with Transformative Dialogues

      Aug 5 No to Marxism Rally, Civic Center Park, Berkeley 


      June 15 UNITING AGAINST HATE: A Conversation with Christian Picciolini
      May 3 Empathy Team meets with Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
      April 7 Radical Empathy Forum with CA Assembly District 15 Candidates (Facebook Event)
      Jan 20 Empathy Tent: LA Woman's March
      Dec 6  Empathy Tent: UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza
      Nov 11 Empathy Tent: Pop-Up Old Berkeley City Hall - Biker Rallies
      Oct 24 Empathy Tent: UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza and Empathy Circle Trainings.
      Sept 20, 24-27 Empathy Tent: UC Berkeley - Free Speech Week +
      Sept 14 Empathy Tent: UC Berkeley Ben Shapiro Demonstrations
      Sept 12 Empathy Tent: UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza and Empathy Circle Trainings.
      Aug 26-27 Empathy Tent: Right-Left Event (26th SF and 27th Berkeley)
      July 29, Sat Empathy Tent: Congressman DeSaulnier Resistance Fair
      July 19, Wed Empathy Tent Team Movie Night. All Welcome  'Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America'
      July 8, Sun Empathy Tent: Sacramento Capital Park 
      July 2, Sun Empathy Tent: Anti v Pro Trump Rallies in Los Angles
      June 10, Sat Empathy Tent: Roseville - Anti Sharia v Unity Rallies
      May 24, Wed Empathy Team Building: Harvard Resistance School Process
      May 20, Sat Berkeley Listens Civic Center Park: Transforming Left-Right Violence
      May 21, Sun Empathy Tent: at The Rootcamp
      May 17, Wed Empathy Team Building: Harvard Resistance School Process
      May 13 Berkeley Listens: Civic Center Park, Transforming Left-Right Violence
      May 03 Sproul Plaza UC Berkeley  
      April 27 Right Free Speech Rally - Civic Center Park. Berkeley
      April 15 Left v Right Rallies - Civic Center Park, Berkeley
      Mar 17 UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza   (Empathy Tent and Sidewalk Talk)
      Mar 12 Berkeley Healthcare Town Hall  (Empathy Tent and Sidewalk Talk)
      Jan 21 Woman's March, Oakland   (Empathy Tent and Sidewalk Talk)
      Nov 14, 2016 Hands Around Lake Merritt, Oakland  (Empathy Tent and Sidewalk Talk) (Photo Album)
      May 07, 2015

Berkeley Plaza

      Apr 19, 2015 Berkeley Plaza
      Apri15, 2015 UCB: Berkeley, Sproul Plaza
      Apr 09, 2015 Berkeley Plaza
      Apr 04, 2015 Berkeley Plaza
      Mar 28, 2015 Berkeley Plaza
      Mar 21 & 25 Berkeley Plaza & Lake Merritt, Oakland
      Mar 14, 2015 Berkeley Plaza
      Mar 07, 2015

Berkeley Plaza (video)

      Mar 04, 2015 Berkeley Plaza
      Feb 24, 2015 Berkeley Plaza
      Feb 04, 2015 Berkeley Plaza
      Feb 03, 2015 Berkeley Plaza
      Jan 15, 2015 Berkeley Plaza
      Dec 02, 2014

UCB: Berkeley Wheeler Hall

      Nov 16, 2014 Berkeley Plaza
      Nov 09, 2014 Berkeley Post Office
      Nov 01, 2014 Berkeley Post Office
      Oct 12, 2014 Berkeley - First setup of the 'Occupy Empathy Tent
      2013 UCB: Berkeley Empathy Tent
      Apr 27, 2013 UCB: Sproul Plaza Tent Setup
      Apr 27, 2013
UCB: California Student Sustainability Coalition’s Spring Convergence
      Apr 23, 2013 UCB: Sproul Plaza First Day of the Empathy Tent 
      Apr 18, 2013
UCB: Empathy Circle facilitation 
      May 09, 2013 UCB: Empathic Listening and Circle Practice


      Nov 8, 2011  Edwin Rutsch at the Empathy Circle at Occupy Oakland
      Dec  , 2011 Second Empathy Circle in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza 
      Dec  , 2011 Overview Empathy Tent: Occupy Berkeley MLK Park
      Dec 17, 2011    Empathy Tent: Setting up at Occupy Berkeley
      Dec  , 2011    Empathy Tent: Day 2 at Occupy Berkeley - Christmas Caroling & Drawing our Values, etc
      Dec 21, 2011    Empathy Tent: Occupy Berkeley Eviction - Thoughts on moving forward.
      Dec 21, 2011    Empathy Tent: Occupy Berkeley Eviction - LiveStream interview with Edwin Rutsch 


Joey Gibson (SF Freedom) & Megan Rohrer (Peacefully Unites)
See a basic Empathy Circle dialogue with organizers of these
San Francisco left and right wing political and counter rallies.



LA Times
"As demonstrators left the rally, they passed a modest white tent
 on the lawn of City Hall, with a sign reading "Empathy Tent.""


Sacramento Bee
Protesters keep their cool at pro-Trump, anti-Trump rallies. ‘Empathy tent’ helps



Sproul Plaza UC Berkeley 




Empathy Tent  at the Oakland Woman's March


“I want us to organize, to tell the personal stories that create empathy,
 which is the most revolutionary emotion.”
Gloria Steinem


 'Hands Around Lake Merritt', Oakland. Empathy Center and Sidewalk Talk



"Occupy Empathy is helping to create the great revolution of our time - an empathy revolution where we step into the shoes of others to overcome prejudice and bridge social divides. It's starting in Berkeley and my hope is that it will spread around the world."
Roman Krznaric, Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It



Empathy Movement - Scenes from the Empathy Tent, in Berkeley  




“By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy,
without violence, and creatively — a never-ending process”

 Johan Galtung 


(Berkeley Post Office and Marathon



“The biggest deficit that we have in our society and in the world right now is an empathy deficit.”
Barack Obama


Berkeley Post Office


Berkeley Post Office - Congress woman Barbara Lee speaking


Sproul Plaza - @ UC Berkeley Empathy Tent - 2013




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