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Culture of Empathy Builder: Laura Zax

Laura Zax & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Start Building a Culture of Empathy in Education

Laura Zax is Editor of the website. Start Empathy, an initiative of Ashoka, is a community of individuals and institutions dedicated to building a future in which every child masters empathy.

Laura is also CEO & Co-Founder - The Nighttime Adventure Society. "I make music and mischief".

"Empathy is critical both to individual human development and to our collective ability to solve problems and build a stronger society. Cultivating empathy can start with really simple actions, like taking the time to stop, breathe, and listen when your child comes to you with a problem. It can start with a bedtime story. It can start by understanding what your strengths are as a school or as a teacher, and in honing in on ways you can embed empathy into your teaching, culture, and behavior. The bottom line: it can start today." Sub Conferences: Education



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6/26/2012  Empathy Gone Viral: The Case of Max Sidorov And Karen Klein
Last week, when a video of the now infamous instance of bullying Karen Klein went viral, hundreds of thousands of people across America—and even the world—were exposed to the unsettling footage of a handful of teenage boys harassing the harmless 68-year old bus monitor. The collective emotional response, measured in YouTube responses and article comments, was powerful–a mix of utter shock, absolute rage, extreme sadness, and, of course, authentic empathy.