Who are you / what
the Empathy Team. This is our Empathy Listening Post.
What are you doing here?
here as a team offering a service to people at this event and others—to
give people an experience of empathic presence, and offer resources and
support for anyone who wants to learn more about the quality of empathy
in their own lives.
also here to promote the practices of empathy, mutual understanding, and
nonviolent communication—as a transformative force in creating the world
we want for ourselves and for future generations.
believe in the values of caring, presence, communication, diversity,
freedom, and integrity.
Why are you doing this?
created the Empathy Listening Post because we’ve identified an “empathy
deficit” in our society, and we want to promote practices that can turn
empathy deficit is something that happens on an individual level and at
a societal level. We grow up being told that you have to take care of
yourself and let others fend for themselves—that if you care about
others, you might not get your own needs met.
empathy deficit creates isolation and alienation. Violence and fear are
everywhere, and it’s hard to reach the potential that we all have for
connection with other people, other living beings and one’s self. Many
people aren’t even aware of the isolation, alienation, and disconnection
that they feel.
here to demonstrate and model our intention to close that gap, and
empower other people to put empathy into practice in their lives —to
strengthen the social fabric through practices of mutual understanding
tide lifts all boats – we believe that taking care of each other helps
get our own needs met. We are here because we want to help improve
others’ well-being. We find that in doing so we also improve our own.
Isn’t this unrealistic?
question. We have had the experience of really connecting with other
people, being connected to life, and being transformed by the practice
say this: ) My world has been changed, and that makes me think “why
can’t others’ lives be changed?” We’re here to say that we believe that
a global culture of empathy and caring is possible.
What do you hope to
envision a global culture of empathy, in a world where people experience
the joy of being connected to each other and interconnected with all
world people can easily transform isolation, judgment, and violence into
relationship, communication, and well-being.
not fully happen in our lifetimes, but we feel it is a vision worth
What is empathy?
is a respectful understanding of what someone is experiencing. Empathy
happens in the absence of judgment. Some people think of empathy as
“deep listening.” In empathy, there’s nothing to fix, and nothing to do
but be present and “get into the other person’s world.”
What is NVC / nonviolent
nonviolent communication, is language, thoughts, communication skills
and other methods that allow us to connect with others—and ourselves—in
a way that make compassion a natural part of life.
allows us to dramatically improve relationships by understanding others
and expressing ourselves without blame, but without compromising our
values or sacrificing our needs.
result is real connection with others and resolution of even the most
What difference does
nonviolent communication make?
Thousands of people have experienced NVC benefiting their lives: in
workplaces, homes, communities; in restorative justice; in places that
offer social services; in academia, politics, and more. It’s applicable
anyplace where people have relationships to others.
creates a quality of connection between people that allows for
collaboration and mutual understanding.
What is BayNVC?
is a hub for the training and practice of nonviolent communication in
the Bay Area.
What is your relationship
a volunteer-driven effort by people involved in non-violent
communications to apply what we’ve learned through BayNVC—to practice
what we’ve learned and contribute to the well-being of our community.
Where do you do your
Empathic Listening Posts?
where we’re inspired to go and where people congregate: places like
festivals and farmer’s markets, and places where people experience
stress, such as protests. We go to schools and even places in nature.
We’re always open to hearing your ideas for where the Empathy Team can
help. You can contact BayNVC at email@example.com or 510-433-0700.
Will you come to my event?
us to discuss the details; we’re open to hearing about your event.
How can I help?
are many ways to help. You can help in our mission by learning the
practices of nonviolent communication, using it in your life—and then
spreading the word about what it’s done for you, and how you envision
that it can change the world.
always accepting donations of time and money, which will inspire people
to be more connected to each other, and to operate more fully in
welcome people’s feedback on projects; media support; organizational
development support; and advice.