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Culture of Empathy Builder:  David Hazen


David Hazen & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Peace, Love, Nonviolence

David Hazen is a peace activist living in in Eugene, Oregon. He is author of, Love Always Wins: Hope for Healing the Epidemic of Violence.

He is an Imagineer, Eugene City of Peace. Advisor, International Cities of Peace. Peacemaker of the Year 2011, Nobel Peace Laureate Project

How to build a culture of empathy?

We live in a culture of violence. There is no quick and easy way out. And yet there is a path for walking away from it, one step at a time. As far as I know, there is no other way - there is no shortcut to learning how to love than surrendering to the process, letting go of old self-serving fears, defenses and rigid beliefs, letting go of narcissism.  Define the problem, give up the struggle and repair the damage.





David Hazen & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Peace, Love, Nonviolence





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How can we mover from a culture of violence  to culture of empathy?


Define the problem

  • Who are we as human beings?

  • Where are we in our evolution, where are we going? 

  • How can we measure our progress?

Give up the struggle

  • Grieve in a safe space

  • Define self-care, resilience

  • Empower heart-heart trust


Repair the damage

  • Mentoring, wisdom circles

  • Service to humanity

  • Art & humor