Drayton, "The course of human history has been towards a
more and more empathy based society. And this is the critical moment
where we shift to everyone being powerful. It's the only way you can
have real equality.
Jill Vialet, "With Playworks we are going in and are working on recess
and we're bringing play into the school in this very constructive and
positive way. It isn't about us coming in and doing it for the
kids, or to the kids, but rather by norming empathy, the kids become
the primary actors and the kids who are achieving these really
2012-05-17 - Bill Drayton: Empathy-Based Ethics: A Strategic
The rules of this new world are still undefined. They are
in a state of flux and as the world becomes more complex, the original
rules don’t apply. In this world, where value is first in contributing
to change, people need different skills. They must master empathy first;
it is the foundation of everything else.
00:00The largest single group of leading social
entrepreneurs Ashoka fellows focuses on children and young people.
Maybe 450 out of the 2,400 all together.
00:40 What really matters is whether
or not children master applied empathy.
And whether young people, 12 to
20 master empathy teamwork leadership. .....
1:00 Every child must master
applied empathy or they are going to be marginalized. If you are not
given the tools of applied empathy as a young child, which is
inexcusable, if that didn't happen, we shouldn't be blaming you.
We should be blaming us.
That really makes me angry, because we're doing
that. Maybe 25-30 percent of the worlds is marginalized because we
failed to do something so simple.
1:40 We have to have to have a revolution
analogous to the civil rights movement or the women's movement, so
that all the young people, not just the children of the few fortunate
families who go to the best schools that actually encourage this.
everyone grasps empathy, practices it, and practices empathy teamwork
leadership. This is the most fundamental revolution we have to get
"This is a world
where you need a higher form of empathy, where you observe yourself,
watch other people around you, and then you find yourself
understanding and interacting with various combinations of people. So
this goes to say that the system around you is changing. You need to
contribute to the system and avoid doing damage. So, you require a
very sophisticated set of skills...
So, we need to have literacy and social skills so that
people have the empathetic skills, teamwork skills and leadership
skills that could effect change. ...
Listening is understanding. The skill of empathy is a
must to be able to listen! Then you can listen to people, the
environment and sometimes to the future! One can listen better if one
sees the whole!”
Thirty years of
carefully examining the connections that bind us, one to the other, has
led Bill to see how empathy is the one significant thread that weaves
its way through the tapestry of all of the fellows’ works. Every Ashoka
fellow is gifted with the ability to view multiple perspectives…to see
through the lens of another…to walk in someone else shoes and in my
words…love deeply, authentically and wholly.