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Culture of Empathy Builder:  James O'Dea
http://j.mp/WcHmDk
 

James O'Dea and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Peace

James O’Dea is the lead faculty for the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training with hundreds of international participants. These trainings are ongoing.

He is on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and its former President. He is also former Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation.

James is author of, Cultivating Peace: Becoming a 21st Century Peace Ambassador. 

"When we can really put ourselves in the shoes of the other, when we can reach new depths of empathy, then we can be effective ambassadors of peace....
 

Without empathy there is no way forward for civilization. Individuals who lack empathy are trapped in selfish motivations and ego fixations: they have not learned how to see themselves in the predicament of others. Politicians who lack empathy relate to others through a primitive in-group inclusion or out-group exclusion. This degree of psychological development cannot negotiate any form of middle ground. Conviction is reduced to simplistic binary codes such as "You are either with us or against us.""
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James O'dea and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Peace
 

 

James O'Dea on Sacred Activism from April 24th Compassionate Action Network forum  
  He talks about combining compassion with action.
 

 

Redefining the Peace Movement
by James O’Dea
"We are witnessing a tidal shift in consciousness. Some see it as a great planetary awakening of awareness accompanied by an extended capacity for empathy and collaboration....
Here are key transformations defining the new peace movement:... We are moving from merely critiquing the absence of humanity in others to honing our own capacity for compassionate action, deep empathy, and authentic forgiveness."


2012-06-18 - New Entry Qualifications for Political Life: (Empathy, Dialog, Wholeness)
It is time we require our politicians to qualify for public service in ways that effectively serve the cause of safe, healthy, equitable and diverse societies existing in an interdependent world and shared ecosphere. The following are qualifications that I deem essential....
 
Empathy: Without empathy there is no way forward for civilization. Individuals who lack empathy are trapped in selfish motivations and ego fixations: they have not learned how to see themselves in the predicament of others. Politicians who lack empathy relate to others through a primitive in-group inclusion or out-group exclusion. This degree of psychological development cannot negotiate any form of middle ground. Conviction is reduced to simplistic binary codes such as "You are either with us or against us.

In the absence of empathy the politics of adult tantrum dominates public life and presenting yourself as exclusively right is thought to be the only safe political strategy. No corporation or institution would hire people with this kind of cognitive and affective diminishment but we give them power. Yet politicians who lack emotional intelligence feed societal division and breed intolerance...."


Empathy, Science and the Web of Mutuality
"One of the factors that influences boundaries is whether you can see yourself standing in the shoes of the other. The ability to project yourself into the story of the other helps dissolve the mystique of difference and separateness. This leads us to the conversation around empathy which is a very essential part of the conversation when we think of the relational tools of the peacemaker.

The word empathy was formed in English in 1909, so it is a fairly contemporary word. Before that, the English language had a different word—sympathy... and sympathy, we can say, is feeling sorry for; empathy actually is connected to our conversation around nature of the witness. "