Conferences on the Topic of Empathy
Compassion Research Day at Facebook HQ -
July 11, 2012
Article: Greater Good:
July 25, 2012 - Can Science Make Facebook More Compassionate?
"Facebook is confronting cyberbullying and online conflict. Can a team of
researchers help boost kindness among the site's 900 million users?...
“It’s those kinds of kind, compassionate interactions,” he says, “that
help build a sustainable community.”"
07/19/2012 Facebook Builds Reporting Tools to
"Like other engineers at Facebook, Arturo Bejar, a
mathematician by training, is helping to build new products to encourage
users to communicate and share.But his products are a bit different. He
works on social tools to help people get along with each other and
resolve conflicts ranging from the posting of annoying pictures to
serious cases of bullying. Working with researchers from Yale, Berkeley
and Columbia University, Bejar and his team are tasked with improving
the tools that enable Facebook users to report and resolve problems. "
Supporting the 900+ million people who use Facebook is a big challenge
and we have found that understanding the science of how people relate is
essential in building tools that help people.
Over the last six months we've partnered with great researchers in the
field of communicating
emotion and social-emotional learning. We would like to share data and
discuss what we've learned, host some of the best researchers in the
field of compassion research as well as a teacher and the youth he works
with for our summer Compassion Research Day on July 11th.
The day is open to the public, if you know someone building tools that
help communication between people, work with teachers who help with
conflict resolution, or are interested in the science of how we relate,
please invite them to come along.
This Post is a Problem
Adolescents report mild-to-severe incidences of bullying and other
problematic behaviors on Facebook each day. Creating report flows that
guide them to get the best help possible is critical to their
well-being. Our team will share findings from newly designed reporting
flows that were developed using principles of child development and
input from Facebook's youngest users themselves. Presenters:
Marc Brackett, Deputy Director, Health, Emotion, & Behavior Laboratory,
Robin Stern, Psychoanalyst; Program in Communication and Education,
Teachers College, Columbia University
Andres Richner, Instructional Technologist; Educator
I Am Not a Shoe
Reporting contentious content on FB has evolved from filling a form to
engaging users in a meaningful exchange to facilitate empathy,
mindfulness, and deeper social connection. We'll describe the
progression of this process and the impact it has had on Facebook users'
Dacher Keltner, Director of Berkeley's Social Interaction Laboratory
Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Science Director, Greater Good Science Center, UC
Paul Piff, Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, Psychology Department, UC
1:15pm - 2:15pm -
The Social Tuning of Compassion
What triggers, or tempers, our compassion for others? Though many have
thought of compassion as a stable trait, this talk will highlight the
very subtle ways in which our noble intuitions can be turned on and off,
connecting and disconnecting us from one another at the flip of a
2:15pm - 3:15pm - The Costs of Compassion and Callousness
Compassion is a powerful moral emotion that often compels us to help
others in need. Yet we often avoid feeling compassion in the pursuit of
self-interested goals. In this talk, I will examine factors that
motivate people to avoid feeling compassion for others, and how
compassion avoidance changes how people think about morality.
Youth panel, led by Jeff Duncan-Andrade, that explores the questions:
What are the material conditions that effect urban youth before they
even step foot in our schools? What does it mean to develop educational
environments that are relevant and responsive to these conditions? How
should these educational spaces define success for students, educators,
and the broader community? Presenters:
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, East Oakland high school teacher, Associate
Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State
University and Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the
Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental