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Seattle hosts first-ever 'Seeds of Empathy' program

Seattle hosts first-ever 'Seeds of Empathy' program | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

They just might be the tiniest teachers in Seattle: infants, being brought into the classroom for a lesson in empathy.  

The 'Roots of Empathy' program has proven popular among elementary-aged children in Seattle.  Now, there's a new twist.

"We've had Roots of Empathy in Seattle for seven years, and Seeds of Empathy is a younger version of Roots of Empathy, it's for three to five year old children," said the program's founder and director Mary Gordon.

 

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Noelene Sanderson's comment, January 27, 2013 8:18 PM
What a great scheme. This is so important - catching the children while their hearts are still geared to loving babies and small animals; and before such things as dissection in school biology forces them to harden their hearts in order to cope with seeing it. I do hope such pactices have been banned... God Bless you all in your work..
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Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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[Empathic Parenting] Teaching Empathy To Children - The Danish Way of Parenting

[Empathic Parenting] Teaching Empathy To Children - The Danish Way of Parenting | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We all want our kids to be happy. And happiness is something the Danes have supposedly figured out, with research consistently showing that residents of Denmark are among the happiest in the world. So, it’s not a huge surprise that an article we published on Danish parenting tips has proved to be one of our most-read. Due to this popularity, we decided to do a deep-dive into some of the bigger philosophies rooted in Danish culture with The Danish Way of Parenting authors Jessica Alexander and psychotherapist Iben Sandahl leading the way.


Last month we discussed the power of play-based parenting, and this time around we’re talking to the authors about the Danes’ belief in the importance of teaching children the concept of empathy.


“...The Danes teach empathy in schools, which is quite special. Empathy is such a big concept and it is taught in so many different ways for different ages. Three examples would be language choice, letting children self-regulate, and reading a wide range of stories.


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Reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves wellbeing, research from The Reading Agency finds

Reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves wellbeing, research from The Reading Agency finds | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and the risk of dementia, and improve wellbeing throughout life, new research carried out for The Reading Agency has found.


The report, conducted by BOP Consulting and funded by the Peter Sowerby Foundation, brings together a strong and growing body of research that shows how and why reading for pleasure can bring a range of other benefits to individuals and society. There is already strong evidence to show that reading for pleasure plays a vital role in improving educational outcomes. However, in the UK, reading levels are low among people of all ages: most children do not read on a daily basis and almost a third of adults don't read for pleasure.

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3 Ways to Be More Compassionate

3 Ways to Be More Compassionate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As children, hate, violence, apathy and greed were as foreign to us as  having to pay bills just to survive. We played with other children on our street, helped one another when we tripped and fell from running so fast, and really had no idea about the horrors lurking outside our neighborhoods.


We simply did what came naturally to us, not knowing we would soon become influenced by people not so familiar with basic human compassion.


Here are 3 ways to be more compassionate to others (and yourself!)

  • 1. Practice Loving Kindness Meditation
  • 2. Live More Compassionately
  • 3. Listen to Other People More Often



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Different Kinds of Compassion

Different Kinds of Compassion


 1. a concept,  emotions

  • a reciprocal care
  • do good or I will be criticized
2. an unbiased compassion 
  • comes from realization
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Ashoka Fellows Discuss Empathy: What Does it mean to lead with Empathy?

Ashoka Fellows Discuss Empathy: What Does it mean to lead with Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What Does it mean to lead with Empathy?


In conjunction with the 2015 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany, the Ashoka Media Globalizer brought together several Ashoka Fellows from around the world.


Throughout the forum, these Ashoka Fellows were able to connect, collaborate, and discuss their powerful solutions that are leveraging media and technology for the good of all. From improving corporate transparency and accountability in Latin America to producing fact checked, collaborative, and critical content in West Africa, these leading social entrepreneurs' solutions are grounded in empathy-based leadership.


Watch this video to learn more about why Ashoka's community values empathy as a pathway toward changemaking.

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Why children respond to parenting with empathy

Why children respond to parenting with empathy - Changemaker Education - Medium
Recently, a friend with young children asked how my husband and I ‘grew such well-behaved kids’ (now age 10 and 15). My mind immediately went to the moments when they aren’t so well behaved, the moments when we, as parents, have the option of telling our children what to do and asserting our power as the heads of our houses by giving consequences when requests aren’t met.


My husband and I work best when we approach situations with empathy, work collaboratively and hold a consistent set of expectations. We attempt to actualize these values when parenting.


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Visual arts: Public art along Ste-Catherine St. emphasizes the need for empathy

Visual arts: Public art along Ste-Catherine St. emphasizes the need for empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is a much-needed quality in a world in which fear of the “other” is used to divide and control us. So having empathy as the theme of the annual Aires Libres exhibition of public art along Ste-Catherine St. E. is timely and welcome.

Sympathy is about compassion, but empathy attempts to feel what the other person feels. “You project yourself onto another,” curator Aseman Sabet said in an interview.

So, how do the eight artists chosen by Sabet measure up to the theme?


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Why We Need a Culture of Compassion Instead of Knee-Jerk Pity

Why We Need a Culture of Compassion Instead of Knee-Jerk Pity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

President Obama has said that he hopes the next generation will be more empathetic. I hope that, instead, we can model and teach compassion to our children.


Our Erroneous Understanding of Empathy

It is common to say that modern society, or at least the twitchy online manifestation of modern society, is addicted to outrage. Interestingly, in our quest to blast others, the good intentions of the perpetrators do not spark our empathy.


As a minor example, a father wrote an opinion piece last year about how a homeland security officer “ruined” his family’s “perfect moment” during a photography session on the Cape May ferry by asking the man’s teenage daughters if they were okay.


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The Surprising (and Non-Technical) Skill You Need to Succeed in Tech: It’s empathy.

The Surprising (and Non-Technical) Skill You Need to Succeed in Tech: It’s empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Anyone who works in tech knows that integrating the right programming languages and using an agile development process are essential to getting a job done.

But the real key to navigating both the exhilaration and the exhaustion of working in the tech space is much more basic—and much more human.


It’s empathy.

Empathy, defined, is “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” More simply put, it means being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes or to see the world through the eyes of someone else.


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The Business Value of Empathy

The Business Value of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is an interactive business without empathy? What is a business team without an understanding of the employees’ sentiments? What is an organization serving people’s needs without an actual acknowledgement of their needs? What is a company without an understanding of how their service will actually benefit people and their well being?


A business without empathetic traits is a hollow one. Why? Because empathy is a characteristic that most successful businesses inherently require.


A business that demonstrates the capacity to see things from the point of view of the consumer, to put themselves in the consumer’s shoes, is a multidimensional business, a business that can get an accurate idea of consumer’s needs.


 Moreover, an “empathetic business” is already putting themselves in a place for success by just genuinely caring for the consumer in this way. 

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Psychologist Favors Teaching Empathy to Boys

Psychologist Favors Teaching Empathy to Boys | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Yet the Aurora Theater and Sandy Hook shootings hit forensic psychologist Max Wachtel especially hard, driving him to try to figure out what made these killers and other male criminals do what they do. In doing research, one common element arose—a lack of empathy—which led Wachtel to write The One Rule for Boys.



A lack of empathy can manifest itself in a variety of ways. “Almost always, it comes out as problems with anger because anger is a very easy emotion to access, but it’s a very surface emotion,” Wachtel explains. “Usually there’s something else going on like sadness, frustration, anxiety or a feeling of unfairness.”

If boys can be empathic, it helps in nearly every area of their lives, says Wachtel. He found research showing that empathic boys do better in school, have more high-quality friends, are seen as leaders and deal better with bullies. As they get older, he found empathic males tend to get better jobs and report higher satisfaction in romantic relationships and life in general. “I figured it was a good thing but it was surprising to see how much stuff it helped with.”


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The One Rule For Boys By Dr. Max Wachtel

http://www.oneruleforboys.com/


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(Empathic Parenting) Why Your Child Should Have Empathy For The Bully

(Empathic Parenting) Why Your Child Should Have Empathy For The Bully | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
If you teach your children to be empathic, they will understand why so-called mean kids do what they do. It does not give those kids a free pass, and it does not require your children to pity anyone.


But, research shows that kids who are empathic are seen as leaders by their peers and are more assertive. They do better in school (and in work later on), and they better understand how to appropriately confront a school bully. Empathic kids are not pushovers--in fact, they are able to better handle conflict than non-empathic children.


The One Rule For Boys By Dr. Max Wachtel

http://www.oneruleforboys.com/

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Design Kit: Human-centered design is premised on empathy

Design Kit: Human-centered design is premised on empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Design Kit is IDEO.org's platform to learn human-centered design, a creative approach to solving the world's most difficult problems.


Empathy

“I can’t come up with any new ideas if all I do is exist in my own life.”

Empathy is the capacity to step into other people’s shoes, to understand their lives, and start to solve problems from their perspectives.


Human-centered design is premised on empathy, on the idea that the people you’re designing for are your roadmap to innovative solutions. All you have to do empathize, understand them, and bring them along with you in the design process.

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[Empathic Design] Cultivating Empathy - Slideshow

When considering how to design products, teams, or even common every day household objects, empathy doesn't end up on the required features list.


Yet, without empathy, teams with enormous technical skills can fail in their quest to deliver quality products to their users. Incredible projects fail to create communities because they don't exercise it. Fail at empathy, and your chances of failing at everything skyrockets.

Contrary to what you may have heard, empathy is not something you're innately born with - it's a skill that can be learned, cultivated, refined and taught to others. In this presentation, your lovely co-speakers will discuss the value of empathy, how you can cultivate it in yourself and your organizational culture, and conclude with concrete steps for leveling up in your interactions with your fellow human beings.

Leslie Hawthorn Director of Developer Relations at Elasticsearch
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Harvard psychologists have been studying what it takes to raise 'good' kids. Here are 6 tips.

Harvard psychologists have been studying what it takes to raise 'good' kids. Here are 6 tips. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Help unlock your child's best self with a few tried-and-true strategies.


Parents want their kids to achieve their goals and find happiness, but Harvard researchers believe that doesn't have to come at the expense of kindness and empathy....


Here are six practical tips:

  • 1) Hang out with your kids.
  • 2) If it matters, say it out loud.
  • 3) Show your child how to "work it out."
  • 4) Make helpfulness and gratitude routine.
  • 5) Check your child's destructive emotions.
  • 6) Show your kids the bigger picture.

..."Almost all children empathize with and care about a small circle of families and friends," say the researchers. The trick is getting them to care about people who are socially, culturally, and even geographically outside their circles.

You can do this by coaching them to be good listeners, by encouraging them to put themselves in other people's shoes, and by practicing empathy using teachable moments in news and entertainment.

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7 Ways to Build Empathy

7 Ways to Build Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Peace Learning Center for conflict resolution, diversity training, social emotional learning, and bullying prevention


Building empathy is at the heart of “be the change” – the new exhibit and workshop series located in Peace Learning Center’s lower level.

Empathy plays a critical role in shaping how we interact with each other, animals, and the world around us. It’s of critical importance to all good relationships – personal and professional. Some people may naturally have more of it than others. But, research shows us that it can be learned and practiced.Teachers and parents have the privilege and huge responsibility to teach empathy.

Here are seven ways to be a good empathy influence for the children in your life and set them on the path to be the change for others throughout their lives:


  1. Model caring for others
  2.  Model good listening skills
  3.  Be forgiving
  4. Challenge prejudices and stereotypes
  5. Help them learn to recognize, express, and manage their feelings
  6.  Encourage responsibility
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Nurturing and Teaching Empathy in Social Work - Kristen Zaleski and Edwin Rutsch

Nurturing and Teaching Empathy in Social Work - Kristen Zaleski and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Kristen Zaleski is professor of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC) and also supervises new psychotherapists in the field.  She is a licensed clinical social worker providing individual and group psychotherapy for trauma, sexual assault and bereavement in Los Angeles. Her work experience includes in-patient psychiatry, in-patient medical, in-patient and out-patient oncology, and out-patient counseling for rape trauma victims.

 

"Being empathetic is a crucial skill set for social workers because... we aren't working with people who have had good lives."

 

"Empathy is a building block of self-identity."


"Say the word "empathy" around social workers and most will recognize it as a professional "must-have," even if they can't tell you exactly what it means. Scholars also disagree about the definition of empathy and what it looks like in social work practice." 


According to Zaleski, she and her colleagues recruited 306 graduate social work students to complete the Questionnaire of Cognitive and Affective Empathy."

 Can Social Work Students Learn Empathy?

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New Game Called Empathy Revealed

New Game Called Empathy Revealed | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is a game that takes place after the fall of society. Players get to experience the memories and emotions left behind by various people through mementos. These mementos are scattered across the ruined world. In order to discover the truth about what happened to the world, players must manipulate and explore various emotions and solve numerous puzzles as they travel around.

The game is a first-person action adventure driven by story and exploration. It will feature a branching narrative connected with the players' exploration of the worlds. Players will experience the story through numerous first-person perspectives and must use their wits to put all the puzzle pieces together and discover the lore behind the world.
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8 Effective Ways To Teach Your Children Empathy

8 Effective Ways To Teach Your Children Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to recognize your own emotions and account for other’s emotions. How do we ingrain this vital trait in our children? Look no further....


How do we engrain this vital trait in our little ones?
Here are some science-backed tips on how it can be done...
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  • 1) Get them a Pet...
  • 2) Encourage them to Read Literary Fiction...
  • 3) Praise Empathetic Behavior...
  • 4) Be the Empathetic Role Model...
  • 5) Be Physically Affectionate...
  • 6) Give them a Set of Responsibilities...
  • 7) Teach them Basic Rules of Politeness...
  • 8) Teach Them to Think Before they Respond...


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The Real Benefit of Design Thinking

The Real Benefit of Design Thinking | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Helping organizations create empathy with the people for whom they design solutions means being totally present with the widest cross-section of humanity imaginable.


Given the variety of clients, we have the privilege to meet a lot of people—from soldiers to housewives, chemists to poets, wealthy to subsistence-level poor, athletes, butchers, warehouse workers, doctors, CEOs, you name it.

Typically, the more you constructively engage people with creative endeavors, in an air of respect, they open up. The trade term is Empathy; however, Empathy is such a clinical-sounding phrase. How about Humanizing instead of Empathy?


Then, there is co-creation, where we bring in groups of people to help us refine prototypes. Typically, there are three-to-six sessions with groups of six-to-ten people a piece per project. 


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Doctor's rare condition lets him feel his patients' pain: mirror-touch synesthesia

Doctor's rare condition lets him feel his patients' pain: mirror-touch synesthesia | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The ability to experience several senses together creating a unique, compounded experience is referred to as synesthesia. It's believed to affect about one to two percent of the population.


People with mirror-touch synesthesia may have a heightened sense of touch that overlaps with sight and/or hearing, triggering pronounced feelings of empathy.


Even without the condition, people who see others in pain may activate the same body response that would be used if they were in pain themselves. "Mirror neurons" help people mimic and identify with what they see.


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http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/07/27/boston-neurologist-can-feel-patients-pain/

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Dr. Dan on Self-Compassion

Dr. Dan talks about what is self-compassion, how to get it and how to use it to make your life better. Daniel Gottlieb, Ph.D., is a practicing psychologist and family therapist who is living with quadriplegia
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Building Stronger, Trust-Based Relationships through Empathy

Building Stronger, Trust-Based Relationships through Empathy

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(Empathic Parenting) Being empathetic to bullies

(Empathic Parenting) Being empathetic to bullies | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Psychologist Dr. Max Wachtel recommends having empathy for the bully to combat their behavior.


Having empathy for a bully actually helps the child affected in many ways. Dr. Wachtel offered these examples:


  • They have more (and better quality) friends
  • They do better in school
  • They feel more in control and are more assertive
  • They are more likely to confront inequality when they see it without resorting to violence
  • Others see them as leaders



Kyle Dyer,  USA

The One Rule For Boys By Dr. Max Wachtel

http://www.oneruleforboys.com/


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Ask the UXperts: Empathy & Active Listening — with Indi Young

Ask the UXperts: Empathy & Active Listening — with Indi Young | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Join us in our next Ask the UXperts session to chat with Indi about why empathy and active listening are such a key part of great design. The sessions run for approximately an hour and best of all, they don’t cost a cent. 


They are text based so there is no audio or video, but a full transcript will be posted up on here in the days following the session.

Where: The UX Mastery Campfire Chatroom
When: 3pm Tuesday 4 August PDT or 8am Wednesday 5 August AEST
(or find out what time that is for you)

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