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Index: Panel# 030
Date:  April 18, 2019

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.  




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.



Participant Comments
From  Jackie Acho - (Author) Empathy Deficit Disorder: Healing from Our Mix-ups About Work, Home, and Sex 
Can you imagine a meeting in which you are ALWAYS heard?! Your mind explodes with ideas because you are ALWAYS listening (rather than angling for your bit of airspace or defending yourself against an attack)?! You actually learn from each others' point of view and co-create something better together. 
It feels great. I loved hanging out with Edwin Rutsch and fellow empathy authors/activists Minter Dial, and Anita Nowak tackling the question "How do we build a more empathic culture?" Real conversations that foster a #CurrencyOfEmpathy are a good start. 

Edwin Rutsch's #EmpathyCircles take on any and all topics and find common ground. Abortion vs pro-life....Reps vs Dems....God vs the issues. All of it. Why? Empathic listening is the norm. Some would call it #SimpleListening. Check it out!



From the Newsletter of Minter Dial, author of Heartificial Empathy.

I'd like to share with you the concept of the Empathy Circle, instigated and enthusiastically led by Edwin Rutsch, Director of the Culture of Empathy.

I have had the great chance to experience and participate in two Empathy Circle sessions. The idea of the Empathy Circle is to practice intense listening and flexing your empathy muscle. It's a powerful way to help spread empathy and I'd encourage you to check out the structured dialogue process in action.

The one I'd like you to check out, via Edwin's YouTube Channel here,

was with two other wonderful authors who have also penned books with the word Empathy in the title:

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

Anita Nowak (The Empaths Strike Back). As a word of warning, there were a couple of technical issues with my connection. 

Meanwhile Edwin also invited me onto his show for a good long-form and rather personal interview. You can check it out here.