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Ode to empathy

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The discussion around empathy seems to be growing exponentially. From the huge splash Brené Brown is making with her work on shame, vulnerability and empathy to Jeremy Rifkin’s vision of our moving towards an Empathic Civilization,empathy is becoming a 21st century buzzword. And rightfully so.With the emergence of a global civilization, we need to move beyond the “us and them” mentality that lends itself to so much conflict, violence, and self-destruction. An absolutely essential ingredient for this is empathy.

 

by Jen Hinton


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It's wonderful to hear the growing call for global empathy.  It is essential that we use our communication tools to spread more than just information around the globe.  Gaining insight rather than just knowledge, and compassion rather than just awareness is the next step of the social media revolution.

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Why it is essential to teach students to see the world with understanding and compassion, and some ideas for class room discussions.
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5 Reasons Why Gaming Is An Effective Way to Teach Empathy (And Other Skills)

5 Reasons Why Gaming Is An Effective Way to Teach Empathy (And Other Skills) | Empathic Education | Scoop.it

How do sports and video games teach kids to be empathetic?

 

Video games and gaming are great motivators. Games can also be a rewarding activity for social and mental well-being. Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) has developed a prototype for a new mobile game, designed to develop empathy and improve life skills in young gamers (aged 9-16).  HMC believes that in order to promote a more understanding culture and to stop bullying, improving empathy is essential in de-stigmatizing all mental health issues and changing users’ off-line behaviour.


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So what makes gaming an effective way

to teach kids how to

be empathetic?

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By Emily Copeland


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More evidence to suggest that games are powerful tools to help cultivate social-emotional skills. 

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 1, 9:15 AM

Parents and teachers alike here is something to check out for your kids!

Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, June 8, 11:16 AM

A really misleading title. This article is about a game that is being developed that they HOPE will teach empathy.  I'm not convinced.

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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal

When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal | Empathic Education | Scoop.it
A new neuroscientific study shows that compassion training can help us cope with other people's distress.
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Great insight into the psychological scaffolding which is needed around empathy. Feeling what others feel is vital, but this empathic response needs to be accompanied by an effective way of dealing with those emotions. 

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The Number One Job Skill in 2020

The Number One Job Skill in 2020 | Empathic Education | Scoop.it
What's the crucial career strength that employers everywhere are seeking -- even though hardly anyone is talking about it? A great way to find out is by studying this list of fast-growing occupations
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I agree with Anders about the need to humanize our increasingly digital world through a focus on empathy  - But let's not wait until 2020 to make this the number one job skill! 

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy | Empathic Education | Scoop.it
This is part seven of the nine-part series from the Project Happiness curriculum. We are looking at important factors that influence the happiness and social and emotional learning of elementary scho
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Teaching empathy does not need to be a complex process - Here are some straightforward methods for cultivating a more empathic school environment.

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Playlist : Learning Through Empathy - Elementary - NFB

Playlist : Learning Through Empathy - Elementary - NFB | Empathic Education | Scoop.it
This playlist offers elementary school teachers unique Canadian resources that will help students explore, discuss, and ultimately express empathy, an essential skill for navigating the diversity and conflicts inherent in our global community.
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This is a great collection of highly accessible short films.  A must see for elementary teachers.

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Jeanie DeMullet's comment, April 29, 2013 4:56 PM
It's only available in Canada
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Milgram's Obedience to Authority Experiment 2009 1/3

BBC TV May 2009
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This 2009 recreation of Stanley Milgrim's 1963 experiment shows that the dangers of blind obedience are still with us.  One of the major obstacles preventing greater empathy is the primacy of rules and hierarchy within formal institutions.  While authority is important to ensure stability, it can also short-circuit our empathic tendencies.   

 

So, how do we teach students the value of responsible rebellion?  

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Toys – Twenty One Toys

Toys – Twenty One Toys | Empathic Education | Scoop.it
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Much like play, empathy is something which is hardwired into our brains.  However, both play and empathy are too often thought of as secondary to productivity and logic. Our logic has built an incredible world, but it is our  creativity and compassion which furnish it with fun and beauty.

 

Twenty One Toys is part of a much larger movement which encourages students to embrace the fun, challenges, and empathic connections at the centre of the learning process.     

 

    

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Ode to empathy

Ode to empathy | Empathic Education | Scoop.it

The discussion around empathy seems to be growing exponentially. From the huge splash Brené Brown is making with her work on shame, vulnerability and empathy to Jeremy Rifkin’s vision of our moving towards an Empathic Civilization,empathy is becoming a 21st century buzzword. And rightfully so.With the emergence of a global civilization, we need to move beyond the “us and them” mentality that lends itself to so much conflict, violence, and self-destruction. An absolutely essential ingredient for this is empathy.

 

by Jen Hinton


Via Edwin Rutsch, Sophia Tara
Ryan Burwell's insight:

It's wonderful to hear the growing call for global empathy.  It is essential that we use our communication tools to spread more than just information around the globe.  Gaining insight rather than just knowledge, and compassion rather than just awareness is the next step of the social media revolution.

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British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum'

British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum' | Empathic Education | Scoop.it
British education thought-leaders appeal to government to incorporate empathy and inter-personal skills into school curriculum.

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The 'Soft Skill' That Pays $100,000+

The 'Soft Skill' That Pays $100,000+ | Empathic Education | Scoop.it
If you're an empathetic person -- good at connecting with other people's feelings -- can that help you win prestigious jobs that pay $100,000 a year or more? Or will you be stuck at the low end of
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"The fate of complex projects depends on a lot more than just getting the technical details right. Human buy-in is crucial, too."

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Lucas and Spielberg on storytelling in games: The Empathy "Abyss"?

Lucas and Spielberg on storytelling in games: The Empathy "Abyss"? | Empathic Education | Scoop.it

Bryan Bishop:  'Speaking Wednesday at a panel at the University of Southern California — joined by Microsoft’s Don Mattrick — George Lucas and Steven Spielberg argued that introducing the concept of interactivity fundamentally changes the experience. "They’re always going to be different," Lucas said when asked if movies and games were going to become more similar. "They’re never going to be the same."'


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Spielberg's observation that one-way interactions with films elicit greater empathy than interactive gameplay caught my attention. Although it initially struck me as counter-intuitive, I actually think it makes sense. When people see their environment as something to control and acquire points within, empathy just gets in the way. I think there's a larger lesson here.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, June 14, 2013 6:22 PM

The way that we connect to static story as opposed to interactive story is an interesting topic. The masters of the genres discuss it here.

ChantalHarvey's comment, June 17, 2013 7:03 AM
There is more money in games than there is in movies, now
Andrés Núñez Álvarez's comment, June 27, 2013 6:55 PM
Great resource. Thanks for sharing.
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Empathy Becomes a Revolutionary Force for Change

Empathy Becomes a Revolutionary Force for Change | Empathic Education | Scoop.it
Social co-operation and mutual aid will be key forces in 2013 - from product-marketing methods to informing policy and peace initiatives.
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This article asks an interesting question - can social media act as an agent of empathy? It can certainly act as a major catalyst for social and political change, as was seen in the Arab Spring. Hopefully an empathic revolution is waiting in the wings.

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RSA Animate - The Power of Outrospection

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselv...
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I loved Krznaric's wonderful observation that we need cognitive empathy across space and time.  Until we can understand how our actions will affect those whom we will never meet, we will continue to live a cloistered, introspective existence.    

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Mirror neurons: The biology of empathy

Since it seems to be brain day here at esnl, here’s a fascinating talk by Gustaf Gredebäck, psychology professor at Sweden’s Uppsala University and director of the school’s Babylab, explains one of...
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The more we learn about the brain, the more astonishing it becomes.  Research into mirror neurons helps us further appreciate the abillity of the brain to respond to complex social environments, and provides a useful starting point for discussing our deeply engrained capacity to connect with others.

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Our Challenge For 2013: Empathetic Social Media

Our Challenge For 2013: Empathetic Social Media | Empathic Education | Scoop.it
I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy lately. Maybe you have, too. By its very definition, empathy involves connecting with others to understand how they feel. And we’ve never been more connected.
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Biological, psychological, and social research confirm that empathy is at the core of how humans operate.  Our innate desire to connect with other people has been magnified throughout our evolution by the growth of ideologies, statehood, and media.  

 

We have the tools and the capacity to make the global village work, so why is there still so much conflict and misunderstanding?   

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