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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Seung Chan (Slm) Lim
http://j.mp/13ptSKb

Realizing Empathy: Seung Chan Lim (Slim) and Edwin Rutsch

Seung Chan Lim, better known as Slim, is the director for project Realizing Empathy. Realizing Empathy is a project that asks what it means to make something, how it works as a process, and why it matters to our lives. It explores these questions across disciplines such as fine arts, performing arts, design, science, and engineering. 

Slim is also author of, Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry Into the Meaning of Making.  He says, "As a designer, I must find ways to harness the most complex of technologies into an experience that is not only pleasant, but also empowering and meaningful. As an engineer, I must make sure that I can not only talk the above talk, but also walk the above walk. As a strategist, I must make sure that the talk is not only talked, but heard, and the walk is not only walked, but seen.... What I have learned from this experience is that making things is analogous to engaging in an empathic conversation with another person."
Sub Conference: Human Centered Design

 

 


The Connections Between Empathy And Creativity: An Interview With Seung Chan Lim From RealizingEmpathy.com
Seung Chan – also known as Slim – is a Computer Scientist and Manager by training, Designer by trade and, he says, “Performer by birth.” Just to give you an idea of his varied and creative background and current interests… prior to embarking on the Realizing Empathy project, Slim served as the Assistant Director of Engineering and Senior Software Design Engineer at MAYA Design, and was also an independent DJ, Music Producer and Performance Director by night. Slim says that when he’s not fighting for the right to empathize and to be empathized, he is acting, directing, dancing, composing, programming, or woodworking.

This panel of guest artists from the fields of dance, music, theater, and design, shared their personal insights of how empathy plays a vital part in their various art forms. The artists also outlined how they would make empathy front and center in our culture through their art form.


 

Panel 004-A:  Fostering Empathy With the Arts

Lynn Johnson
Seung Chan Lim
Joan Kuenz
Tal-Chen Rabinowitch
Eva Vigran
Edwin Rutsch

This panel of guest artists from the fields of dance, music, theater, and design, shared their personal insights of how empathy plays a vital part in their various art forms.  The artists also outlined how they would make empathy front and center in our culture through their art form.

 

Fostering Empathy With the Arts

 

 

Workshop on "Making as Empathic Conversation" (2 Days)

  "This workshop is for a group of 12 pre-selected Brown and RISD students.

The goal of the workshop is to create not only a greater awareness of the empathic conversation between the maker and the material they are making with, but also how the same principles of empathic conversation can be translated and applied to human relationships in general, to foster greater opportunities for constructive collaborations and cooperation across cultures and disciplines."

Post-Workshop Panel on "Making as Empathic Conversation""
Sponsored by the Creative Art Council at Brown University, students and instructors involved in the 2-day workshop on "Making as Empathic Conversation" came together to reflect on the workshop.  "

 

 

Seung Chan Lim (Slim) Empathizing with Paul Bloom's Case Against Empathy.
 Human Centered Designer Responds.
Slim is the director for project Realizing Empathy. Realizing Empathy is a project that asks what it means to make something, how it works as a process, and why it matters to our lives.

Seung Chan Lim (Slim) Empathizing with Paul Bloom's Case Against Empathy with Edwin Rutsch


 

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A Talk on How Realizing Empathy Can Guide the Learning and the Creative Process

"A talk given at University of Toronto Rotman School of Management on how realizing empathy can guide the learning and the creative process."


 

  • he has Intense desire to judge (demean) new things - learned how wrong he was

    • put down design

    • put down art

  • learned more how empathy is at the core of creativity is realizing empathy

  • 3 topics

    • empathy itself

    • relationship of empathy and learning (usually used for morality)

    • relationship of empathy and creativity

  • Bipolar depression friend story

    • good problem solver but bad at empathy

    • you don't understand

    • framed as her fault - she is the problem, I'm problem solver.

    • Started reflecting back to her

    • she thanked me

  • What is empathy?

    • with story started with sympathy

    • moved to empathy.  started embodying and embodying my friend

    • how it is that we go from not empathy (A) to empathy (B)

    • realizing empathy is the process of going from point A to B

  • Empathy and Learning

    • with no effort - ie movie,

    • with effort -

    • conflict - awareness, care, ability

      • learn a new choice

      • see what is in front of you

    • 3 stages or realizing empathy

      • association -   if new problem want to solve it or judge it

      • conversation - instead have conversation about paradoxes

      • biassociation -  a fusion - core of creativity

    • innovation - is new and meaningful to the context it is introduced to

      • can't innovate until you realize empathy

      • innovate causes: surprises and gratitude

  • Empathy and the creative process

    • conversation - empathic makes it smoother

      • Respecting  (knowing there are different perspectives)

      • Listening

        • shared meaning

        • brain associations - making new associations - making new meaning

      • Considering - (experiencing the other)

      • Acting - sincerely honest - the experience is all yours. Shared common humanity( Imagine-self)

    • resilient curiosity - need it to realize empathy.

  • Empathy is reciprocal - (not selfish or altruistic) is a most beautiful loop

  • Q and A

 

 

Realizing Empathy: The Empathy Workshop - October 2013
Our speaker - Rhode Island based Seung Chan Lim, a Digital Creative Professional for over 10 years - presented some of the findings from his book called "Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry Into the Meaning of Making". He elaborated on his notion that a creative process is essentially a process of realizing empathy.
 

  • UI Community

  • Prejudices

  • Empathy is core of creative process

  • Listens to a depressed friend

  • 19:00 Dan Batson's Definition of empathy

    • an explanatory principle

    • different definitions

  • Realizing Empathy

    • automatic

    • deliberate

  • Seeing different perspectives

  • Dissonance - Consonance - Resonance

  • Reflecting what you hear

  • Once you hear the other, action can happen - creativity

  • Empathic Conversation

  • 41:00 Dialog Exercise

    • 30 seconds: looking into each others eyes

    • 1 min:  looking into each others eyes

    • listener - tell me the truth

    • reflection - 

  • 1:00 experience feedback

  • 1:20 Q & A
     


Live Studio: The Role of Empathy in Design Thinking
Seung Chan Lim, Hester Hillbrecht, and Paul Tomlinson discuss how to fulfill client's needs through design thinking with Marilyn Pratt of SCN


What is Empathy?
 
Empathy is an explanatory principle for our potential to experience an event where we feel as if we are embodying or understanding the experience of an other and its related meanings from the context and vantage point of that other.

 

Realizing Empathy on Creativity, Innovation, and Transformation

 

Realizing Empathy on What Art School Really Teaches You.
 


Realizing Empathy on Empathy, Body, Design, and Computers

 

 

Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry into the Meaning of Making 

 

Edwin Rutsch - Seung Chan Lim brainstorm about Empathy Conference Panels

 

Edwin Rutsch and Seung Chan Lim (Slim) talk about Empathy Conference 

 

How Making Helps Us Learn to Realize Empathy