Four Week Series: Conflict and Empathy http://j.mp/ZQ1Iab ; Pattie Porter (The Texas Conflict Coach) Interviews Edwin Rutsch Part 1: What Does Empathy Got To Do With It?
For many of us engaged in conflict or embroiled in a dispute, it can be very difficult to muster up empathy and compassion for the other side. The longer the conflict goes unresolved it seems the less empathy we have for them as a human being.
In this first of our four episode series–Conflict and Empathy: Where Has Empathy and Compassion Gone?– we will introduce the “wheel of empathy” and the “feel of empathy” as defined by Edwin Rutsch, Founder of a global empathy movement called The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy.
Questions =========== Let’s start by sharing with listeners about how you got started in this work of building a culture of empathy and creating the Center.
Given that this is the first episode in our series Conflict and Empathy, let’s set the stage and define some of these concepts.
What exactly is empathy and the intention behind it?
How is empathy different from sympathy?
How does compassion intertwine with empathy?
We said that we would introduce two concepts…the “wheel of empathy” and the “feel of empathy.” What is important to know about these concepts?
How do these wheels tie into the Empathy Circles you host through Google Hangouts?
We will also discuss how compassion intertwines with empathy and set the foundation for how you build empathy.
Jackie is President of The Acho Group, a strategy and leadership consulting firm. Prior to founding The Acho Group in 2005, she was a Partner in the global strategy firm McKinsey & Company. Jackie has worked for industrial, scientific, academic, nonprofit, and economic development clients on a variety of issues, with particular focus on growth, strategy, technology commercialization, and leadership development for more than 18 years. Jackie’s work includes developing uncommon and productive collaborations across organizations and internal boundaries, even among competitors.
To Guide Difficult Conversations, Try Using Compassion blogs.hbr.org (blog) You know what I'm talking about — we all have to face them from time to time, and they can be the bane of a leader's existence.
Some people argue that women are kinder but what does the data really show?
Yesterday, journalists at Huffington Post Live asked me to comment on whether women are more compassionate than men. Scientists in general tend to cringe at any strong black-and-white statements of this kind since we know there is no data to support such strong claims. If you ask a neuroscientist to distinguish a male from a female brain, for example, s/he would have a difficult time doing so.
Although differences have been detected (for example, women appear to make greater use of both hemispheres of the brain and therefore have a slightly thicker corpus callosum - the part of the brain that bridges the two hemispheres), the differences are subtle and there is no single area of the brain that we can say clearly distinguishes a male brain from a female brain.
Other countries might have more obvious concerns such as poverty, malnutrition, civil war or a high infant mortality, but the United States has as big a problem as exists anywhere in the world when it comes to empathy.
“In no area are American kids farther behind than with empathy,” said Michele Borba, an internationally acclaimed parenting and character education expert who recently returned from Colombia and Nicaragua.
Research shows that aggression is up in American children, and it’s starting a lot earlier, Borba said.
What is Empathy Now!? Empathy Now! is a story-based K-12 curriculum that helps students develop empathy and compassionate living skills while also fulfilling core literacy standards. While this curriculum would be considered a social-emotional learning program, it is not an add-on. Teachers do not need to find time in their already busy, test-driven schedules for yet another program. Curriculum designers (among them, a literacy specialist and a curriculum writer with an MFA in writing for children and young adults), intend to find creative and engaging ways in which core curriculum standards for literacy also will be met. Studies show that similar programs have increased student test scores by 11%.
A place to learn compassion San Antonio Express “When people learn to be compassionate to an animal, we strongly believe they can be compassionate to their peers as well,” Nelson said. “That's what's neat about this.
TIBETAN COMPASSION IN ACTION ABC Online Her personal story of dedication to the Tibetan cause, support for her brother, His Holiness, and her own independent mindedness, combines compassion with a determination to see Buddhism change its attitude...
Dulaney High community locks in on acts of compassion [Column] Baltimore Sun Fifty-two teachers and students at Dulaney High School accepted the challenge initiated by physical education teachers Kellie Fialcowitz and Jessica Szymanski to join them...
It cannot be copyrighted. There is a Promethean quality to the whole enterprise of trying to own wakefulness. It belongs to the collective sphere of being, and any attempt to personally identify with this innate wisdom is ...
Compassion International offers 'Change the Story' exhibit in Denver Colorado Springs Gazette Compassion International, a Colorado Springs nonprofit that works to remove children around the world from poverty, will bring an exhibit on poverty and...
The Science of Compassion. Dr. James Doty is Chair of the Dalai Lama Foundation Board of Directors, and serves on the International Advisory Board of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.
Study: People Can Be Trained in Compassion The Epoch Times The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of University of Wisconsin–Madison boasts a meditation room and a brain imaging lab.
Recently, in The New Yorker, psychologist Paul Bloom took a shot at the idea that empathy is a necessary component of moral judgement or behavior. In fact, the stirrings of our conscience, he says, can often lead us astray.
We tend to be more moved by the small problems near us than big problems far away. It’s hard to fire off mirror neurons if other people’s norms and culture are different enough from yours that you can’t read their expressions or anticipate their reactions. And we tend not have a small-c catholic approach to empathy — we feel kinship with the victim, but not the mugger. Thus, Bloom concludes, “Empathy has some unfortunate features—it is parochial, narrow-minded, and innumerate. We’re often at our best when we’re smart enough not to rely on it.” -
What does empathy look like in action, and how can you incorporate into your business model? Last week saw the Ashoka Change Week host the Ashoka Support Network Global Summit, with social enterprises from around the world sharing their stories of how develop empathy in business...
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