Your generosity has the power to change. It changes you as much as it changes the people you helped. And when we come together for a common cause, the better future we all dreamed of becomes more than just possible.
BAG of Dreams Proj @BAGofDreamsProj "The moment I shared my story, I knew it was no longer mine." - @joshmahinay's Live To Tell A Story : read it here -
One of the key drivers underpinning some of the world's worst ongoing violent conflicts over the past few years is the extraction and trade of natural resources.
Recently in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Séléka rebels, who have carried out acts of violence against their people, have taken advantage of the diamonds trade to consolidate their power. This has led to the exclusion of the CAR from the Kimberley process aimed at tackling conflict diamonds.
Meanwhile in the Democratic Republic of Congo the extraction of cassiterite, gold, tungsten and coltan has financed warring factions for the past two decades, in a conflict that has already resulted in millions of victims.
But Africa does not have a monopoly on this kind of problem. In Burma the mining industry was militarised for several decades, with the national army controlling mining sites, business operations and exportation. While in Colombia tantalum, wolframite and gold mines as well as their respective business concerns are controlled and taxed by armed groups.
Products that have funded conflicts can only reach the international market with participation of the businesses that buy and use them. An article published by Bloomberg revealed that BMWs, Ferraris, Porches and Volkswagens contain tungsten and wolframite that come from businesses under the control of the FARC Colombian rebels. This is far from being an isolated case as these minerals are used in the making of components that can be found in the majority of everyday electronic, aeronautical and defence equipment.
Empathy has been in the news a lot recently. It has been highlighted as an antidote to school bullying and gun and gender violence, and it has become popular in the business community as a part of user-centered design.
"The emotionally charged story recounted at the beginning Dr. Paul Zak's film—of a terminally ill two-year-old named Ben and his father—offers a simple yet remarkable case study in how the human brain responds to effective storytelling."
Want to know how a dramatic story structure affects our brain chemistry and leads us to make donations? Then watch this very engaging and informative 5 minute video!
The video explains several neuroscience research projects that were conducted (don't worry - the video is NOT boring) about the effects a short dramatic story had on people's brains and behavior.
And it explains how to structure a story to make the biggest impact. I wish all scientist could do such a great job in explaining their work and its meaning. Enjoy!
There is in the U.S. and most other countries one other increasingly significant marginalized population who I think are worthy of our attention. This group is widely recognized but seldom spoken of in terms of justice, exploitation, marginalization and privilege. That population is the unborn generations of our collective future. The ways we marginalize this population are becoming identified, named and recognized in a new field called "intergenerational justice" or "intergenerational equity". In the process of considering fairness, power and obligation among past, present, and future generations, ethicists in this field have noted that the unsustainable use of resources leads to significant intergenerational inequity.
“Greed is out, empathy is in,” writes primatologist Frans de Waal in his recent book, The Age of Empathy. He may have a point: The Age of Empathy is one of several recent books to make a persuasive case for putting empathy at the center of ideas about human nature, education, and the future of the planet. Indeed, following the success of books like Mary Gordon’s Roots of Empathy, The Age of Empathy joins Jeremy Rifkin’s The Empathic Civilization as two significant recent releases that move discussions of empathy out of the laboratory and into major policy debates.
"I said that it was a challenge to game manufactures to develop games to cultivate compassion and kindness rather than games that promote aggression and violence.” Dr. Richard Davidson (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
The team is developing two kinds of games. One is to cultivate attention and the other to cultivate empathy, kindness, and pro-social behavior. Davidson said that ¬attention is a building block for learning. “If you can learn to focus your attention more skillfully and concentrate, that will have ripple effects on all kinds of learning,” he said.
Being successful in life may be achieved by being emotionally intelligent and thinking of others, according to Davidson. “Empathy,” said Davidson, who places empathy as a core part of emotional intelligence, “is actually a better predictor of life success than cognitive intelligence.
So, how do we move from elementary listening and responding to a more sophisticated source of insight for planning creative, effective programs? Here’s an imperfect list of sources of empathy, and how brands are using the insights to drive business results.
Five Sources of Empathy..
1) Social Focus Groups...
2) Social Personas...
3) Search Intent...
4) Cultural Trend Spotting
So too is the empathetic organization is a fragile one, easily crushed by any number of harsh realities in the marketplace
There's a powerful link between productivity and what has been identified as "compassionate leadership" in organisations, observes Christina Boedker, a lecturer in accounting at the Australian School of Business and leader of a major business research study that looks at the links between leadership and organisational performance.
The single greatest influence on profitability and productivity within an organisation, according to the research project – which to date has taken in data from more than 5600 people in 77 organisations – is the ability of leaders to spend more time and effort developing and recognising their people, welcoming feedback, including criticism, and fostering co-operation among staff.
The Science of Empathy: Principles and Practices Teleclass; 1.5 CCEU’s
Effective coaches are high in empathy—the ability to tune into the emotional state of the other person and dialogue about what is going on with non-judgment and genuine acceptance.
So how do we, as coaches, enhance our ability to be empathic?
In this hour and forty-five minute teleclass, you will learn how to engage rather than enmesh with your client’s feelings to support the client’s growth process.
You will learn how to speak in a way that you become an intelligent mirror for the client, not only sharing back what you’ve heard, but noting discrepancies that seem to emerge among the various statements the client may be making. By sharing these discrepancies in a neutral tone and being descriptive rather than judgmental, you can maintain your empathic approach while catalyzing a space for new insights and sustainable change to occur.
The new RSA animate video, The Power of Outrospection -philosopher Roman Krznaric explores the idea that we live in a time that demands more empathic adventurers in all aspects of life. Empathy not just so we act better towards others, but also because it helps us create better innovations, services and quality of life.
This essay is about my understanding of the experience of becoming a mother and the needs that are created by this creative process. I will write about how some of these needs may be met by participation in a group which includes both new-mother-peers, and a trained and empathic facilitator to do the parallel work of containing the new mothers who must contain their infants’ experience. And I will talk about one specific new mothers group known as the Listening Mothers program.
I have facilitated Listening Mothers groups for a number of years and therefore can only speak from my personal and professional understanding of the group. I hope my perspectives will be interesting and helpful.
When parents, teachers and experts talk about education, what typically come up are subjects like reading, writing, arithmetic. But research shows that growing the heart is key to the development of an altruistic, empathetic, kind human being.
Our resource-rich September cover feature story explores the Charter for Compassion, which seeks to literalize the Golden Rule, not simply as a statement of principle, but as a summons to people and educators all over the world to take creative, practical, and sustained action to create a just economy and a more peaceful world.
Compassion International, Ghana, to implement child-survival programmeallghananews.comMr Padmore Baffour Agyepong, Country-Director of Compassion International Ghana, said the programme formed part of the NGO's efforts to cater for underprivileged...
In a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Karl Aquino and his team found that after witnessing exceptional altruistic acts, people are more likely to perform charitably themselves.
You are invited to participate in the 2012 Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest. Challenge and inspire your neighbors to make our community a safer, kinder, more just and better place to live by participating in the Compassion Games!
The Compassion Games begin on Friday September 21st with the United Way Day of Caring, and end on Sunday October 21st, the last day of The Next Fifty at Seattle Center. Anyone can play!
The first international conference on compassion takes place in Telluride, Colorado on 19-22 July. Co-organizers are CCARE Sweden & The Swedish Association for Contemplation in Education and Research (SACs)