A New Politics:
Join and Build the Empathy Party Movement
The Empathy Party Movement
I'd like to invite you to join the new Empathy Party Movement and help
develop the party platform. The platform of the Empathy Party is to
advocate for, and promote policies that foster empathy and connection
between all peoples. The vision of the party is to build a worldwide
culture of empathy and compassion.
We advocate for values, principles and polices that bring
people together, that support and facilitate all people 'standing in
each others shoes' and 'looking through each others eyes'.
Trust in the government and social institutions is low. Many
Progressives, Conservatives, Libertarians, Liberals, Republicans,
Democrats, etc. are constantly attacking and demeaning each other. This
is just like in a conflicted and dysfunctional marriage or relationship.
We need a new political party and movement to transform this dysfunction
and disconnection. We can bring all people and parties together. We can
contribute by mediating these conflicts. Instead of working solely
within these other movements and parties, we’re starting fresh, from the
ground up, to build on the foundational value of empathy. Let’s bring
together people who deeply support this value and organize from the
ground up to transform society.
Let's start a discussion here about what a culture of empathy and an
empathy based platform would look like. As a starting point, it's about
transforming hearts and all institutions (education, movement, commerce,
justice, health, corporations, media, police, military, etc.) from being
cultures of fear, greed, alienation, suffering and violence, to active
cultures of empathy and compassion.
Are you ready to take empathic action and join the Empathy Party?
What would an Empathy Party look like?
What values, principles and policies would we advocate for?
How could we set up empathic mediation and dialog between the different
political parties and movements?
Empathy Party Platform: Values, Vision, Mission, Principles and
Overview, here are some dialog starting points for the Empathy Party
Post your comments below, and let's hold an
international conference on building a culture of empathy and
compassion! We will discuss how to build this party, culture and
policies. Here are some areas to start work on.
Education - Empathy should be part of the core curriculum from
K-12. Empathy training starts in Kindergarten and becomes a core
part of the curriculum, just like math, science, reading and writing.
Justice - Transform the justice system from a retribution based
system to a restorative justice and restorative empathy system.
Prisons could be empathy and compassion training centers.
Lawyers are now seen as gladiators that fight it out and somehow justice is
created by financial might or cleverness of argument, makes right. Lawyers, need
to be retrained to be empathy guides, to mediate conflicts and bring
Government - Many conservative
attack government for being bad. We don't support demeaning or putting
anyone down, and that includes people that work in the government. The
government is not the enemy. Millions of people work in the government and contribute
to the wellbeing of society. We support transforming government to
being a culture of empathy. One of the foundational qualities of
government should be to promote empathy and compassion within society.
How could this be done?
- Many Progressives attack Corporations for being bad or evil. We don't
support demeaning or putting down anyone. The Corporations are not the
enemy. Just like with government, millions of people work in and daily
contribute to society by working in Corporations. We support
transforming all Corporations to being active cultures of empathy. For
years we've been told that corporations are supposed to be selfish,
greedy entities and only think of maximizing their own
profits and self-interest. The attitude is basically saying that
corporations should take on the role of being psychopaths.
We aim to transform corporations into cultures of empathy. We need to
transform the structures of corporations so they support and encourage
empathy at all level. How could
this be done?
Media - The media tend to be active parties in the national
political disputes, or they act as fight promoters. They often see people
as self interested parties with themselves as referees. We need to transform the media so
that they become mediators, so they help foster connection between
all people. How could this be done?
Health Care - What sort of health care system will maximize
empathy? How could this be done?
Immigration - What sort of immigration policy will maximize
empathy? How could this be done?
Police - What sort of policy will maximize
empathy within the police? How could this be done?
- What sort of policy will maximize
empathy within the military?
Families - What sort of policy will maximize empathy within
Add your feelings, thoughts, ideas, insights, values,
needs, hopes and desires!
Public Version of this Document (add your ideas and
Director, Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
Let's create flags of the world with the word empathy in the respective
languages on them.