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Compassion Research Day at Facebook HQ - Dec 7, 2011

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At Facebook we understand the importance of research and practice around how people perceive, relate, and engage with each other. In this spirit, Facebook is hosting researchers and practitioners who work to improve our understanding of the driving forces and benefits of

This event is open to the public and will be streaming live at
A video of the day will be made available after the event. 

Facebook Building 2
1050 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

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The Empathy Team and T-shirt goes to Facebook Offices in Palo Alto for the 'Compassion Research Day at Facebook HQ'



Article: Facebook tackling online conflicts with compassionate touch
Last week, Facebook invited national experts to its Palo Alto campus to share the science behind compassion and altruism. In the audience, engineers listened intently to ideas about humanizing interactions.


8:45am - Introduction by Arturo Bejar, Facebook


9:00am - Dacher Keltner, Berkeley's Center for Greater Good 
Evolution has built into our nervous system and means of social communication principles of viral compassion and the tools of social change.

10:00am - Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education
Breaking down the components of compassion to build the case that being compassionate is good for you.


11:00am - Kathryn Lee and Mark Basnage, Prospect Sierra School
Insight from the Field: Working with Students and Teachers to Create Compassionate Communities.

Alison Park
Britt Anderson
Dan Clurman
Rush Sabiston Frank

12:00pm - Lunch

1:00 - Marc Brackett, Yale's Health, Emotion, & Behavior Laboratory
How five key emotion skills can create a more compassionate and caring world.

2:00pm - Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Berkeley's Relationship and Social Cognition Lab
Understanding the mechanisms of social interaction and friendship across racial and other group boundaries.

3:00pm - Jeffrey Szilagyi and Dave Talamo, The Stepping Stones Project
Coming of Age with Authenticity & Empathy- The Remaking of Village