Culture of Empathy
Builder: Laura Zax
Laura Zax & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs
on How to Start Building a Culture of Empathy
Laura Zax is Editor of the
StartEmpathy.org 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
"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."
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.