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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Peter Senge

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"Peter Michael Senge (born 1947) is an American scientist and director of the Center for Organizational Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is known as author of the book The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organizationfrom 1990 (new edition 2006). He is a senior lecturer at the System Dynamics Groupat MIT Sloan School of Management, and co-faculty at the New England Complex Systems Institute."  Wikipedia




12. Transcendent Empathy: the Ability to See the Larger System 
    Peter Senge and Keiko Krahnke

Organizing through Empathy: Chp. 12 by Peter Senge and Keiko Krahnke

Transcendent Empathy: The Ability to See the Larger System

Keiko Krahnke is Associate Professor of Management; Business Communications at University of Northern Colorado in the Montfort College of Business. Areas of research interests include spirituality and business, systems thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, and corporate citizenship.


Peter Michael Senge is an American scientist and director of the Center for Organizational Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

"We suggest that empathy is something broader than knowing or feeling another's psychological or emotional state. The fundamental concept of empathy is to care about another as if you were in the shoes of the other. Our purpose here is to expand this caring to the larger living systems of which we are part. We propose the notion of "transcendent empathy" as the ability to see these larger systems in time and space, to move beyond mere intellectual understanding to embrace "system sensing" as a doorway to other awareness of what exists now and to future possibilities."
Sub Conferences: Workplace and Science

  • Introduction

  • Need for Understanding A System:

    • Towards Seeing Processes, Patterns and Wholes

    • Reflection and Seeing the Real Issues Beyond the Symptoms

  • Transcendent Empathy: Empathy As the ability to See the Larger System

    • How Wide Can Out Circle of Compassion Spread - Empathy as Biosphere Consciousness

    • Empathy as the Recognition That We Co create the World

    • Empathy as the Ability to See Connections across Time

    • Empathy as Organizational Culture

  • Rethinking Human Nature and the Concept of Self

  • Cultivating Transcendent Empathy

Organizing through Empathy: Chp. 12 Transcendent Empathy: the Ability to See the Larger System






ďA unique relationship develops among team members who enter into dialogue regularly. They develop a
deep trust that cannot help but carry over to discussions. They develop a richer understanding of the
uniqueness of each personís point of view.Ē
Peter Senge


"To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words. You listen
not only to the "music," but to the essence of the person speaking. You listen not only for what
someone knows, but for what he or she is. Ears operate at the speed of sound, which is far
slower than the speed of light the eyes take in. Generative listening is the art of developing
deeper silences in yourself, so you can slow our mind's hearing to your ears' natural speed, and
hear beneath the words to their meaning.
Peter Senge


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Peter Senge - Navigating Webs of Interdependence

  • be open

  • different perspectives

  • takes time for change