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Volunteer (Seattle): Help co-create Compassion Games

Volunteer (Seattle): Help co-create Compassion Games | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We are inaugurating The Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindness – in Seattle on Friday September 21st with the United Way Day of Caring, and ending on Sunday October 21st, the last day of The Next Fifty at Seattle Center. Compassionate Seattle wants to help turn the Golden Rule into the Golden Reality by extending the Day of Caring to 30 inspired days of Compassionate Civic Action!

The Compassion Games are community projects that can move us to try new things, build relationships and trust, and help turn apathy into action. There are four main components: Compassionate Seattle Scavenger Hunt, organized Compassionate Action Projects, Storytelling and support for Random Acts of Compassion that anyone can do.

 

We need help in all phases, from brainstorming and co-creating to co-producing and organizing. Some of the roles include:

 

Volunteer coordinator
Outreach – for volunteers as well as action projects needed by communities or organizations
Community resource exchange – outreach and coordination
Event coordination (including Day of Care After Party)
Social media networking
Sponsorship recruitment
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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy Cafe Magazine Front Page


Visit the individual magazines specifically for empathy and;

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(Leadership) Best Advice I Ever Got: Make Empathy Your Superpower

(Leadership) Best Advice I Ever Got: Make Empathy Your Superpower | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As a business leader, here are some ways to harness empathy and make it your superpower, too:

1. Use empathy to create your vision.
Empathy is commonly explained by the phrase "walk a mile in someone else's shoes." But it's more than just that. It's walking side by side with someone, listening with intent, and using the knowledge gained to create your vision.

2. Use empathy to become mission-driven....3. Use empathy to inspire loyalty....4. Use empathy as a your default communication tool....

Mina Chang 

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Empathy and restorative justice | Justice Requires Empathy

Empathy and restorative justice | Justice Requires Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is poised to become the buzzword of the 21st century– the defining trait of our social and political evolution.  Empathy will be to this century what “rights” was to the 20th century and “equality” was to the 19th century. 

As a word, a concept, and a goal empathy is omnipresent.  From parenting newborns to teaching college students, to training doctors and employees of profit-driven ventures, to effecting radical political and social change, empathy is becoming the prevailing philosophy. 

Organizations, such as Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy, design and bring to schools programs aimed at teaching primary school children and preschoolers to have more empathy
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European Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice by Tim Chapman - YouTube

European Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice by Tim Chapman
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How Paying It Forward Makes You More Empathetic

How Paying It Forward Makes You More Empathetic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Lindsay Holmes


Cultivating empathy and connection is a critical component of stress management, yet far too many people dismiss it as unimportant compared to getting this or that done.


Fact is, research shows that people who are more connected in life report greater life satisfaction and show much greater resilience, meaning that they bounce back from adversity more quickly and easily.

The trouble is, when stress rises, empathy wanes, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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This Professor Uses Slave Narratives To Teach Empathy To Future Public Servants

This Professor Uses Slave Narratives To Teach Empathy To Future Public Servants | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When public policies go into effect, they don't always seem rooted in empathy and compassion. That's one reason an educator at the University of San Francisco is making the humanities central to a class she teaches to future public administrators.


According to Kimberly Connor, the director of Interdisciplinary Studies at the university's Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, the best way to instill empathy in developing leaders is to not give them a one-size-fits-all blueprint, but rather share a variety of world perspectives and let them resonate naturally.


Harnessing the power of the humanities, she includes only one general ethics text in her Leadership Ethics course syllabus, and surrounds it with a variety of classic literature, poetry, comedic videos and even slave narratives. This might seem like an unusual approach to teaching young professionals how to become more empathetic managers, but she says that she is simply teaching what she knows best.


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Ben Carson: Government dependency is 'opposite of compassion'

Ben Carson: Government dependency is 'opposite of compassion' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson opened the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday morning with a professorial speech that slammed liberal government programs and policies, previewing themes of a potential 2016 presidential bid.


“It really is not compassionate to pat people on the head and say, ‘There there, you poor little thing. I’m going to take care of all of your needs,’ ” he told the crowd.


That’s not compassion, that’s the opposite of compassion. It's making people dependent. What real compassion is, is using our intellect to find ways to allow those people to climb out of dependency and realize the American dream.


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Can We Learn Empathy from Virtual Reality?

Scientists are learning that changing bodies changes minds.

In 1981, after you plunked a quarter into the local Donkey Kong cabinet and that menacing six-note melody filled the arcade, you were given control of a little man in overalls standing at the bottom of the screen. Child or adult, male or female, and no matter what our ethnic or cultural background, in that game we all became this same little man in overalls. Interactive games have always intended to entertain, but many have the potential to bring deeper psychological benefits.


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2015 Empathy Day-School

2015 Empathy Day-School | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This training is intended to support participants in having a deeper integration of empathy. In a supportive, community environment, participants experience challenge, guidance and support in the practice of empathy and seeing our world empathically. 


Throughout our time together we will learn to increase our capacity for being present, learn to focus our awareness, and develop the ability to work with our own capabilities and humanity, in real-time situations. 


Practices

- Feeling feelings
- Practice "being"
- Connecting to the energy of needs
- Mindfulness practices 
- Empathy demonstrations
- Empathy sessions
- Empathy role plays and exercises
- Emergency self-empathy

- Connecting to deeper needs 
- Embodying needs


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d.school promotes Design Thinking on campus: You need to understand and empathize with the users who you’re designing for

d.school promotes Design Thinking on campus:  You need to understand and empathize with the users who you’re designing for | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
More and more classes across Stanford are beginning to employ “Design Thinking,” a user-friendly methodology of solving the world’s problems, brought to life with stages of empathy, ideation and prototyping, and which focuses strongly on the user.


“You need to understand and empathize with the users who you’re designing for before you develop the business type of solution,” Greenberg said. “Often people start with new technology, or an idea, but it’s not until later that you do any piloting to find out whether that idea is useful. Design thinking flips that on its head — we need to understand what matters to the people we’re designing for.”

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How to Teach Perspective-Taking and Empathy to a Child

How to Teach Perspective-Taking and Empathy to a Child | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Perspective-taking is one of her essential skills because alternative points of view allow for the development of compassion and empathy. Innis explains the process:


"Perspective-taking is not an easy skill to master and very young children often don’t understand that others have feelings and experiences different from their own. Perspective-taking develops over time and improves as children mature, as it involves multiple parts of the brain, each responsible for a different task."


by ROBERT MONTENEGRO

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How to build a caring economy

How to build a caring economy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It is important, however, to distinguish between basic empathic and caring responses, and a more universal capacity for compassion.


It is possible that universal compassion is solely a human function. Empathy alone does not necessarily prompt prosocial behaviour. If you empathize with the suffering of another, for example, you may not necessarily help this person.


Empathy can also result in empathic distress that may even lead to withdrawal or aggressive behaviour.


by Tania Singer

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Empathy, Compassion & Neuroscience Part 1 - YouTube

Professor Al Kaszniak's talk to the UA Psychology Department (not to AMRIG) on 4/2/10.
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Restorative Justice Extending Empathy Workshop One

Restorative Justice Extending Empathy Workshop One | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Program 

http://www.rj4all.info/content/restorative-justice-empathy-rehabilitation-globaly


The overarching theme is to explore what is state of the art in Restorative Justice (RJ), today and what are future ambitions for engagement with other disciplines.


The workshop will provide the opportunity to bring together academic researchers from the RJ, Theatre and Design professions who are concerned in their existing practice with building empathy. How empathy is built by each profession and the methods they use are likely to be the subject of lively discipline exchange.

Restorative Justice-Empathy-Rehabilitation: Globaly
http://www.rj4all.info/content/restorative-justice-empathy-rehabilitation-globaly


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The role of Empathy in Restorative Justice Processes

The role of Empathy in Restorative Justice Processes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Simon Baron-Cohen, a professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, recently wrote a book entitled “Zero degrees of empathy: a new theory of human cruelty”. While I have only had the opportunity to read reviews of this book, the comments have prompted me to think of the role of empathy in restorative justice processes.

For those of you who try to implement the principles of restorative practice into your daily lives and interactions with others, I wonder how frequently you think about empathy (see below for a definition). In many circles, we talk about the offender taking “responsibility” for his/her actions. In work and community contexts, we invite people to be “curious” about the other, to withhold judgment.
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Empathy and Restorative Justice: Why foucus on empathy, Gamman

Empathy and Restorative Justice:
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Global Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice by Dr. Theo Gavrielides - YouTube

The presentation given by Prof. Theo Gavrielides, during the first workshop of the Restorative Justice Extending Empathy project, held at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK on January 12th.


The speech addresses and reflects on global perceptions of empathy as well as its links to rehabilitation and restorative justice. 

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About Empathetic Presence

About Empathetic Presence | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathetic Presence teaches us to be present with our core feelings and needs so that we can more positively and actively engage in the world. Unconsciously, we hold many feelings, needs, and beliefs that, unexplored, manifest into countless difficulties throughout our life.


Empathetic Presence is not about pushing to become who we want to be; Empathetic Presence is about being empathic with who we are.


Through becoming more in tune with our presence—our most current feelings, needs, and desires—we are able to see through the veil of our past memories and future projections that keep us locked out of being who we truly are…now.

As we practice attuning to what arises in each moment, we discover the contours of our individual inner landscape. Through that understanding, we have the ability to cultivate self-compassion and acceptance. Based upon this idea, Empathetic Presence is a coaching method of inquiry where we do not diagnose or label any ailments, but aim to be more present and open to what is.

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Raising Compassionate Boys Means Having Compassion for Boys

Raising Compassionate Boys Means Having Compassion for Boys | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I'm not advocating for a free-for-all of dysfunctional or hurtful behavior. Interventions and limit setting are vital. First and foremost we need to keep everyone safe.


But we can't just be compassionate when it comes easily. Having compassion requires taking a virtual trip into the dark depths of those who do wrong by us, or by others, learning their stories, letting go of anger, disappointment or embarrassment, and moving on.

Easy to do, no? But necessary in teaching our boys about compassion.


We, adults, are often limited in our ability to be compassionate with those who break certain social norms, and in my life as the mother of three boys and an advocate for young boys and their parents this often looks like a jab, a grab, a hit, a loud voice, a big movement, an inappropriate joke, or a joke at an inappropriate time... the list is long.


Tosha Schore,

Teaching parents how to handle those rip-out-your-hair parenting moments.

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Empathy in Relationships | Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

Empathy in Relationships | Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There is a lot of confusion these days regarding the meaning of the word empathy and how empathy can be demonstrated in a relationship. Oftentimes we hear of a comparison between empathy and sympathy, which regards the latter as a less heartfelt response to a situation or to a partner’s feelings.


I am not quite sure if comparing those two words is of much use in the context of this article. There are times where one or the other is a more appropriate response to any specific situation. However, in a loving partnership, where effective communication, safety, and validation of feelings are some of the cornerstones of a healthy relationship, empathic responses, rather than responses of sympathy, are decidedly more valuable.


So what is empathy?


Todd Hayen

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Empathy is waiting in the shadows - you have the power to release its full potential

Empathy is waiting in the shadows - you have the power to release its full potential | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It is the Environment and Nurturing of the Adult who has an ability to develop Empathy and this impacts on Epigenetic and Neurological Development of children.

This impact is unleashed in conditions of relaxation, wellbeing and appropriate levels of challenge. It grows in an environment of love, care and compassion.It is nurtured over time and space and by those in a position of power who are able to relinquish this, who are able to empower and to feed the growth though intention and understanding and care.  Stress in children releases neurone inhibiting chemicals into the brain, cortisol. It suppresses the development of emotions and empathy.


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Empathy” as an interfaith practice

Empathy” as an interfaith practice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Wayland Clergy Association’s interfaith intern, Melissa Rudd of Harvard Divinity School, will offer a three-week series on “Empathy” as an interfaith practice, on Sunday, March 1, 8 and 15.


The session on March 1 will be held at Temple Shir Tikva, located at 141 Boston Post Road (Rte. 20) in Wayland.


https://www.linkedin.com/pub/melissa-rudd/13/9a4/384


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Three core conditions for restorative justice to work

Three core conditions for restorative justice to work | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Carl Rogers, in the 1950s, defined some core conditions necessary for restorative justice to work.


Rogers’ thesis was “in order to develop a healthy self-concept, we need to experience three core conditions in our relationship with those around us.” Richard Hendry, in his book “Building and Restoring Respectful Relationships in Schools,” identifies the three core conditions as empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.

Rogers asks the questions “Why do these core conditions matter? How can children learn to understand how someone else feels – to be empathic – if they do not experience empathy from others?


How can children learn to value themselves and others as unique individuals if we cannot value them for who they truly are? How can we ask children to be honest and open with us if we are not offering them an honest reflection of who we are, what we think and how we feel?”

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Video: Hawking names 'greatest threat' to humanity

Video: Hawking names 'greatest threat' to humanity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Discovery News reported that the celebrated physicist was addressing a group at the London Science Museum when he was asked which of our species’ shortcomings he’d like to fix. 


He responded, “The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.” 


Hawking pointed out that such behavior when paired with nuclear weapons could result in the complete annihilation of civilization, and perhaps humanity at large. 


What the world needs more of, he said, is empathy, as it is the trait that allows for both peace and togetherness. 

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Compassion, Empathy, Caring, and Healing: A Conversation With Roshi Joan Halifax

Compassion, Empathy, Caring, and Healing: A Conversation With Roshi Joan Halifax | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Joan Halifax: part of a rich broth of creativity and humanism that was exploring new dimensions of healing, personal growth, and spirituality in the 1970's


We will examine the similarities and the differences between empathy and compassion, and why the Dalai Lama has said that love and compassion are not luxuries, that actually they are necessities, if human life is to survive on this planet. Roshi Joan will also share with us the essence of the GRACE process and other insights on developing our ability to experience both the power and the vulnerability of compassion.

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The Science of Changing Behavior with Compassionate Coaching

The Science of Changing Behavior with Compassionate Coaching | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Coaching with Compassion Activates the PEA
Now you know what these modes mean for your mood and your body – what do they mean for coaching someone?

Dr. Anthony Jack, the principal investigator of the Brain, Mind, and Consciousness Lab at CWRU, collaborated with Dr. Boyatzis on a coaching study using functional MRI (fMRI) technology.¹ In this study, they divided student volunteers into two groups. Group one experienced traditional coaching for compliance. In other words, the coaches asked volunteers to focus on the challenges they face in their academic performance and used problem-solving techniques. Group two experienced coaching with compassion.


When being coached with compassion, volunteers are asked questions to help them imagine a positive vision of their future.


by:Jessica Worny Janicki


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