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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Wesley Bertrand

Wesley Bertrand and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy

Wesley says, "From an early age Iíve been fascinated about how to achieve a higher level of emotional awareness and personal evolution, and thus life satisfaction. Psychology has been a passion of mine well before receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in this field in í97.


I have a keen interest in answers to the important questions about self, reality, and others. Reading profound books such as Honoring the Self by self-esteem psychologist Nathaniel Branden helped provide many of the missing pieces."





Wesley Bertrand and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy


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Panel 25: Libertarian: How might we transform domination cultures & systems into empathic cultures?


Wesley Bertrand

Katie Testa

Tom Garrett

Edwin Rutsch


Through a reflective listening and empathy process, we explored some of the concerns about systems (organizations and institutions with laws, rules, policies, procedures, and norms) that can discourage empathy with self and with others. Domination systems are based on hierarchies of authority and demanded compliance, with punishments administered for noncompliance.
In turn, people tend to play roles and obey rules that deny personal choice and self-responsibility, which diminishes human freedom. Perhaps anger, fear, and distrust underlie such "power-over" practices, in which others are not really seen as capable and willing to meet human needs--so they must be forced to do so. We speculate that if empathy were focused on and practiced in relation to systems of domination, helpful transformations could take place.


Possible political panel topic's)?

  • What is the role of empathy in libertarian politics?

  • How might we bring more empathy into the political sphere?

  • How might we find common ground in politics with empathy?

  • How might we transcend the political sphere with empathy?

  • How might we move past politics-as-usual with empathy?