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International Online Conference on:
How Might We Build a Culture of Empathy and Compassion?
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Empathy and Compassion Volunteers: Video Transcription Team
  We video tape many interviews and empathy conference panels. It's helpful to have a transcript of these videos since it makes it easier for viewers to quickly access the contents We invite you to help out. Visit this page for instructions on how to do it. You will be contributing to the viewers ease of use and personal growth, as well as, helping to build a culture of empathy and compassion.  We are grateful for your help!

 If you would like to help out with transcriptions, let me know, Edwin Rutsch and Join the Transcription Team on Facebook.


Types of Transcriptions
We're glad for help with either type of transcription.

1. Word for Word - every word is accurately transcribed. The video time code is periodically entered.

2. Outline Transcription - This is just an outline of the video. The video time code is periodically entered. This is easier to do and the typical approach we use. Below are examples of this type of transcription.

Some Questions;
Send us your question about this process

  • What document to place the transcript into?  

    • A Word doc is fine or an online Google Doc works well.

    • then email it to us or send the google doc link.

    • we will need to convert it into html and will post it on the page with the video.

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Videos that Need Transcriptions
(Video Transcriptions: If you would like to take empathic action and help create a transcription of video interviews and panels, check this page. The transcriptions will make it easier for other viewers to quickly see the content of this video.)
Send me an email.


What's your Experience doing a Transcription?

Hi Edwin, I finished the transcript. I hope its OK?  I quite enjoy it!  Marcelle Kors


I enjoy doing this when I have enough time, so I will definitely do another soon. Like you say, It's a great way to really integrate the information, I'm dyslexic, so these videos are great for me to learn what normally can be laid out in such a dry, academic way.

It's very interesting experiencing how many of the academics researching in this area are so warm and humane, its a far easier way to learn then because you respond to the facts through the person who has truly lived them, this of course is such a large part of what the whole empathy culture thing is about. By spending more time and care with the transcription one is, in effect able to get more into the minds of others, it's how I often developed characters as an actor, It's a lovely thing to do.

I certainly feel very strengthened in my own empathic growing journey since 'meeting' so many beautiful pioneering people through these wonderful videos of yours, and just hearing a constant outpouring of optimism and positive facts and ideas, it has a very powerful effect on the mind.

I believe art contains an encoded form of the experience of the artist. Maynard Soloman said 'All art is a constantly renewable form of energy'. And because for me my own art processes are primarily developing my own empathy, my reconnecting with myself and the world, I wonder if and how that 'renewable' experience is helpful to others in the same way, perhaps without them even knowing? Magic? Mimesis? It's all about passing it on, igniting those around you. Exciting! Good to part of the team, Warm regards to you, Alexis Strauss

Examples of Transcriptions

  • Joe Brummer & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy

  • Marc Bekoff & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy

  • Here is a sample of an Outline Transcription below
    Charles Halpern on Empathy, Meditation, Barack Obama, Justice and Law

  • Sample

  • 00:00 Introduction

    • Charlie Halpern

    • Practiced Public Interest Law

    • Legal Educator

    • Lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law

    • Interest in combining mediation, law and empathy

  • Empathy is a quality to be cultivated in lawyers and the legal system

  • Held Mindfulness and Lawyer conference at UC Berkeley

    • very successful, 180 attendees.

  • 02:00 - Definition of empathy

    • see the world from others point of view.

    • make a connection with others emotionally and cognitively

    • make connections with other's feelings is core to me

  • O2:50 - Metaphor of empathy?

    • standing in others shoes and looking though their eyes

    • experiencing the others heart

    • a person who is deeply empathetic - also can free themselves from their own values, perceptions, and identity. don't feel bound by their preconceptions

    • being locked into your own views closes you off.

  • 5:00 Wrote a article about Barack Obama, justice and empathy?

    • California Daily Law Journal

    • Obama had made empathy an important value in his campaign

      • Curing the national empathy deficit.

      • making empathic connection is essential

      • I was drawn to his unusual background, living in Indonesia, etc.

      • because of unusual upbringing, empathy was important to him

    • Obama also said that empathy was a quality for judges to have.

      • I thought - how can you select Supreme Court Judges?

      • thought about the way of actually doing it

      • people don't put empathy on their resume

      • how to find people who care about empathy

    • how do we recognize people with empathy?

      • how did a person spend their career

      • have they represented people who are disadvantaged

      • did they get out of their own framework, values, etc.

      • Obama is example. Was Harvard law review editor but went to represent disadvantaged

    • 11:50 I started thinking how you find those people and bring them forward.

      • create a template questionnaire for judges

      • create an evaluation criteria for empathy

    • 12:40 It's a revolutionary idea

      • if this criteria were explored and applied, it would have huge ramification

      • it would change the legal process

      • it would change the way we educate lawyers

      • legal training in law today in not a training in empathy.

      • now, empathy is rather a handicap in legal education today

      • if empathy we're a criteria in selecting legal judges, that would change.

        • and that would be a wonderful thing

    13:30  Sounds like empathy really spoke to you and your values?