Empathy Tent @
(Dec 2011) Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion.
The Empathy Tent
is an open and eclectic space for people to foster the values of
empathy, compassion, connection, caring, community, freedom, peace,
nonviolence, justice, empathic action, etc. Our intention is to build a
culture of empathy where everyone is included, feels fully heard and
accepted and we take empathic action together to transform our society.
By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts
with empathy, without violence,
and creatively - a never-ending process; Johan Galtung
We have set up the
Empathy Tent at Occupy Berkeley
in Martin Luther King Civic Center Park on MLK Way and Center.We're also organizing to set up 'Empathy Tents' at the Occupy
events around the country to support building a culture of empathy
The Empathy Tent is an open and eclectic space for people that value
empathy, compassion, caring, community, peace, nonviolence, justice,
Here are some project Resource Links.
Schedule for Tent:
fill out the time slots for your workshops, empathic listening, etc.
offerings in the Google doc.
"I want us to organize,
to tell the personal stories that create empathy,
which is the most revolutionary emotion." Gloria Steinem,
Transforming hearts and
all institutions (government, justice, education, health, corporations,
commerce, media, police, military, etc.) from being cultures of fear,
greed, alienation, suffering and violence, to active cultures of empathy
We can build a culture of empathy through connecting to our common
humanity, listening, dialog, conflict resolution and empathic action! In
order to empower citizens to take action, make sure everyone is heard,
create connection that is heart-to-heart, face-to-face, and create an
abundance of time and space for conversation and dialog to occur.
Encourage listening and empathy skills. Build the common story of what's
Contribute to building a culture of empathy and compassion. For
individuals or organizations to be a sponsor, donate, volunteer or to
add your services and workshops to the event calendar, visit the website
or email. EdwinRutsch@gmail.com
The tent is a a space for empathy
based processes like;
Empathy Tent at Occupy Berkeley Eviction - LiveStream
interview with Edwin Rutsch
Here's a video I just reposted from a guy that was going around the
Occupy Berkeley encampment the night of the eviction taping Livestream
video. He did an interview with me and I told him about what we had been
doing in the tent. The video is not very good quality since it was dark
and was shot on a cell phone camera, however, it will give you a sense
of what we were doing there.
Empathy T-shirt - Printed Front and back - I ordered
5 of these. David Hazen ordered around 20
Here's the t-shirts we just ordered. David models the new
just got back from a Empathy Circle @ Occupy Oakland. There were 4 or 5
officials from the Oakland City mayors office and 15 to 25 community
members. Meeting was facilitated by Mutima Imani. Some people didn't
want it video taped but I taped some pre and post Empathy Circle video.
One of the people from the administration said it was the first time
they had been in dialog with people there at Occupy Oakland. Hope it's
the beginning of a series of Empathy Circles.