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Empathy Tent
Transforming ‘Us Versus Them’ to 'We’re All In It Together 100%
Join us in building a true revolution of values.  Free empathic listening, dialogue, empathy circles, circle facilitation training, conflict mediation, mediation training, de-escalation, arts and empathic design (human-centered design) project team building. Offer your skills and connection building expertise. Invite your friends for an opportunity to listen, connect, hear and be heard, see and be seen, share and much, much more.


Reports from Past Empathy Tent Deployments

      April 27, 2017 Up Coming: Empathy Tent Listeners @Coulter Event at Sproul Plz UC Berkeley
      April 15, 2017  At Left v Right Rallies. Berkeley Civic Center Park.
      Mar 17, 2017 At UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza   (Empathy Tent and Sidewalk Talk)
      Mar 12, 2017 At Berkeley Healthcare Town Hall  (Empathy Tent and Sidewalk Talk)
      Jan 21, 2017 At 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 



At UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza (Mar 17, 2017)

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Empathy Tent  at the Oakland Woman's March (Jan 21, 2017)


“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 (Nov 14, 2016)

Edwin On The Empathy Tent At Hands Around Lake Merritt Oakland Donald Trump Protest




"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  (March 7, 2015)





 At Bless the Lake, Lake Merritt, Oakland




Downtown Berkeley Plaza - Feb 4, 2015

“Empathy, I have learned, is revolutionary.“
Jane Fonda


Downtown Berkeley Plaza  - Jan 15



“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 - Nov 9, 2014)



“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




Occupy Berkeley MLK Park - 2011

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