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Steven Spielberg Reflects on 20th Anniversary of 'Schindler's List'

Steven Spielberg Reflects on 20th Anniversary of 'Schindler's List' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"Sometimes it seems as if there are still people immune to the notion of empathy, of compassion," Spielberg said at a news conference Wednesday in Pasadena. "People who see disturbing images on media and on television, people who watch, let's say, a clip of random violence or discrimination or bullying on YouTube and stand silent.

 

So many in the world refuse to bear witness and do something about it. And I'm finding that in many cases technology is becoming more of a vehicle of voyeurism than a vehicle for change."

 

 


Steven Spielberg launches project to teach empathy
http://j.mp/12fgDLV 

"The compassion shown by Oskar Schindler during World War II, which inspired director Steven Spielberg to make "Schindler's List," is the inspiration for a project aimed at the next generation.

 

Spielberg spent Wednesday morning at the Chandler School in Pasadena, where he launched the USC Shoah Foundation's IWitness Video Challenge. 
 

the best way to teach empathy is with examples of it, so that maybe someday, kindness will be a natural reflex and not just a random act."

 

"Sometimes it seems as if there are still people immune to the notion of empathy, of compassion.."

 


 

 

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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

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Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation (EDiCT)

Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation (EDiCT) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation (EDiCT) is a knowledge exchange project designed to bring academic research into dialogue with conflict transformation experts and practitioners. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and connected to the Global Uncertainties programme. 

EDiCT follows on from  "Living with Uncertainty: Metaphor and the dynamics of empathy”, a project carried out as part of the Global Uncertainties Research Fellowship awarded to Professor Lynne Cameron at the Open University. Its goal is to apply the findings of the earlier project to the practice of conflict transformation through collaboration with practitioners. 
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Empathy Tent in Berkeley: Come build the Empathy Movement. Action not just talk. March 4, 2015 Deployment

Empathy Tent in Berkeley: Come build the Empathy Movement. Action not just talk. March 4, 2015 Deployment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"I think this is a healing thing that you are doing."

We set up the ‪#‎Empathy‬ Movement Tent yesterday, March 4. We'll be there again Saturday, the 7th. Come by and build the Empathy Movement.http://facebook.com/events/550101135080912/


Lots of people come by and talked about and received empathy. A musician sat next to the tent and played music. Very pleasant.

A peak experience was a guy that teaches Improv Acting came by and we got a group together and did empathy and Improv exercises. See the photo.


A woman in her 50's, who is a student in human services took part. She had some very touching comments afterwards about her healing experience at the tent. I recorded her comments. She talked about her previous negative experiences at the BART Plaza, which is a rather cold and uninviting space. She said,


"That was amazing, I am so happy I was here. And honestly this place normally feels bad for me and I have a hard time because it just triggers childhood memories. In the 80's I was a teenager and would hangout here and I went to Berkeley High and I grew up here. Then it was really painful to have a daughter at 16 who was hanging out out here, because she was using drugs and alcohol with the addicts who are here. That was 2 or 3 years ago. And so normally when I come, it brings up a lot of feelings, and my daughter doesn't even like coming back here.


We kind of avoid it, because I see the other young people that are still addicted here . That's what we call street kids. I know for a fact that even if they aren't using heroin or methamphetamine, they are drinking alcohol every day. That's what's happening for them, I know that because I've talked to a lot of the kids that have been out here.


This was healing for me to be here and meet you and talk about empathy and do a little Improv. I mean it's been kind of transformative for me. Because I've been avoiding coming down here. Does that make sense? I think this is a healing thing that you are doing."


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EMPATHY: The Key To Unlocking Successful Relationships

EMPATHY: The Key To Unlocking Successful Relationships | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The key to having a successful marriage, getting your teenager to talk to you, or stopping inevitable toddler tantrums may start from within yourself. For centuries we have learned about the "Golden Rule," but when Kids in the House sat down with Roman Krznaric, an international empathy expert who is working to combat the world's empathy deficit, he shared an even bigger secret to unlocking successful relationships: "The Platinum Rule."

"The Platinum Rule is to 'Do unto others as they would have you do unto them'," explains Krznaric. He encourages people to imagine how the other person is feeling and thinking and how they would want you to respond to them.

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Compassion for Voices: a tale of courage and hope - YouTube

A film about the compassionate approach to relating with voices, with potential for use as a therapeutic, educational, and de-stigmatising tool. This project...
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Dad makes baby son cry to prove he has empathy (video)

Dad makes baby son cry to prove he has empathy (video) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Any parent knows that babies are empathetic little creatures, with an innate ability to know when their mum or dad is happy or sad.
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Review - Empathy and Morality - Philosophy

Review - Empathy and Morality - Philosophy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The popular and academic discussion of empathy has seen a steady expansion in recent years and it is not uncommon to read about the close connection between empathy and moral motivation, understanding or behavior.


However, the exact relationship between empathy and morality is often not carefully explored, and controversial questions and assumptions remain unaddressed. Empathy and Morality (OUP, 2014) is a stimulating collection of papers that sheds further light on this important topic.


The volume will be accessible to an educated audience, but will be of primary interest to academic researchers engaged in the study of empathy.

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The Futurist: Virtual reality, empathy, and solipsism

The Futurist: Virtual reality, empathy, and solipsism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What would happen if I, a cisgender, straight, Indian male, could have an inkling of what it is to be a Chinese sweatshop worker, an Armenian farmer, or a Syrian refugee? I think advancing VR technology offers possibilities that could vastly increase the empathy of its users. 

Existentially, I see two central forces pushing against one another. The first is empathy, which Google defines as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.”


One of the biggest reasons for it is the presence of mirror neurons, which simulate what a person sees, thereby generating similar feelings in the viewer. Simply put, when Anderson Silva broke his leg during an mixed martial arts match and the crowd gasped at the graphic slow-motion replay, their mirror neurons were firing crazily. 


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What Can Bonobos Tell Us about Ourselves?

What Can Bonobos Tell Us about Ourselves? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.


But what if we descend not from a blustering chimp-like ancestor but from an empathic bonobo-like ape?


The bonobo’s body proportions—its long legs and narrow shoulders, even its grasping feet—seem to perfectly fit the descriptions of Ardi, as do its relatively small canines.


Why was the bonobo overlooked? What if the chimpanzee, instead of being an ancestral prototype, is in fact a violent outlier in an otherwise relatively peaceful lineage? Ardi is telling us something, and there may exist little agreement about what she is saying, but why do I always hear the drums of war while listening to evolutionary scenarios. This has been going on unabated since Konrad Lorenz and Robert Ardrey.


By Frans de Waal 

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5 Steps to Create a Compassionate Workplace

5 Steps to Create a Compassionate Workplace | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A 16-month longitudinal study at a long-term health care facility with 185 employees, 108 patients, and 42 of the patients' family members was conducted to test how the employees treated the patients and families versus their colleagues.


The researchers found that there was lower absenteeism and employee burnout, as well as higher levels of employee engagement with their work with greater teamwork and employee satisfaction. In addition, the culture of compassion spread to patients and their families. Then, to see if the same positive results would be found in industries such as real estate, finance, and public utilities, they performed a second study involving 3,201 employees in seven different industries.


Again, a greater culture of compassion in the workplace led to greater work satisfaction, commitment, and accountability.


...What steps can we take to develop or increase a compassionate workplace?


1. Try a morning ritual where you literally set a positive tone for your day....

2. Look for what you have in common with others today. ...

3. Practice intentional, but random, acts of kindness...

4. Start a gratitude journal where each day you write three new things you are grateful for at work....

5. Each night write about your day....


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A New Way to Listen

A New Way to Listen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
To develop empathy, you need to understand a person’s mind at a deeper level than is usual in your work. Since there are no telepathy servers yet, the only way to explore a person’s mind is to hear about it. Words are required.


A person’s inner thoughts must be communicated, either spoken aloud or written down. You can achieve this in a number of formats and scenarios.


Whether it is written or spoken, you are after the inner monologue. A recounting of a few example scenarios or experiences will work fine. You can get right down to the details, not of the events, but of what ran through this person’s mind during the events. In both written and spoken formats, you can ask questions about parts of the story that aren’t clear yet. Certainly, the person might forget some parts of her thinking process from these events, but she will remember the parts that are important to her.


by INDI YOUNG 


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Meghan Masto, Empathy and Its Role in Morality

Meghan Masto, Empathy and Its Role in Morality | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In this paper, I will argue, contra Prinz, that empathy is a crucial component of our moral lives. In particular, I argue that empathy is sometimes epistemologically necessary for identifying the right action; that empathy is sometimes psychologically necessary for motivating the agent to perform the right action; and that empathy is sometimes necessary for the agent to be most morally praiseworthy for an action.


I begin by explaining what I take empathy to be. I then discuss some alleged problems for empathy and explain why some argue that empathy is unnecessary and sometimes even problematic in the moral domain. Next, I criticize a prominent alternative to an empathy-based morality. Finally, I argue that that empathy is sometimes epistemologically and psychologically necessary for doing the right thing and is sometimes necessary for moral worth. I conclude with a discussion of the important role of empathy in our everyday lives


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(video) Puppy training offers troubled teens empathy, compassion

(video) Puppy training offers troubled teens empathy, compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Video: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/clip/11181428/teen-boys-train-puppies-to-gain-empathy 


More than 10 years ago, Home for Life Animal Sanctuary teamed up with St. Paul schools for a once a week program paired up with adult dogs. They jumped at the chance for the boys to learn to patiently train puppies.

Within just five weeks no one can ignore the difference. The boys were showing empathy and compassion translating to better results in their 6 hours of daily class time. Love and gentle nature are often not encouraged or even safe on the streets.

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My Insights on Emotional Intelligence and Empathy

My Insights on Emotional Intelligence and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The other day I was speaking with my 6 year old and it became very obvious there is a “gap” in empathy. In school, they teach her to treat others how she wishes to be treated.


Like most children, my daughter sees what she wants or needs and doesn’t always factor in others. I try not to compare her to other children since she is a unique, intelligent, artistic, and beautiful little girl and most times comparisons can be damaging.


It got me wondering though, can empathy be taught?


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Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation: A Manual

Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation: A Manual | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Empathy Manual is now available!


Are you interested in the nature of  empathy?
Are you concerned by what happens to empathy in conflict situations?
Ready for inspiring stories about how empathy can be rebuilt?
You can download Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation: A Manual absolutely free for ipad here


There’s a summary and a downloadable pdf available here.
 
The Empathy Manual comes out of more than five years of research into how empathy works in situations affected by conflict and violence, carried out by Professor Lynne Cameron of the Open University.

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Without Justice, There is No Compassion

Without Justice, There is No Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
God then places Moses in a cleft in the rock face, telling him he will be able to “see My back” but not His face, and Moses hears God say these words:

“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished … (Ex. 34: 6-7)

This passage became known as the “thirteen attributes of God’s compassion.”
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Psychology students learn empathy from campus blind walk

Psychology students learn empathy from campus blind walk | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“My purposes for the blind walk were to help students understand and appreciate individual differences, and to encourage them to think about the concepts they are learning from the perspective of those around them,” he said.


“My personal belief is that everyone is struggling with something. If students can appreciate that the viewpoints of others are just as relevant or important as their own, I will feel successful as their teacher.”

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Empathy Impact: Training & technology

Empathy Impact: Training & technology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy Impact: Training & technology to help high-growth tech companies Master the Art of Empathy; and make empathy a global cultural norm.


Empathy Impact believes empathy is essential for the harmony and well-being of all humanity. Corporations are the new leaders in global influence, holding more public influence than religion, science, or government. Understanding the feelings and motivations of employees, customers, investors, and the public helps high-growth, high-tech, start-up companies succeed and grow. Through training and technology we help create cultures of empathy in companies that have the potential for global impact.

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Primatologist de Waal to discuss emotions among animals - U Oregon

Primatologist de Waal to discuss emotions among animals - U Oregon | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Primatologist Frans de Waal will share his research findings on socially positive behaviors in animals and humans in his lecture “The Evolution of Connectivity: Empathy, Altruism, and Primate Social Skills.”


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In its third season, House of Cards tries a little empathy

In its third season, House of Cards tries a little empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
If Claire has always been something of a conscience for Frank, such as there is one, in this third season she also starts to emerge as someone who may be a better long-term strategist, if only because Frank finally acquires some legitimate cracks.


In one of the show’s more legitimately interesting twists, it all comes down to empathy, which she demonstrates in both subtle and pronounced ways through the season.


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Empathy for a Child Abuser?

Empathy for a Child Abuser? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by David M. Allen  


 The task of reconciling begins to sound even more absurd to patients in such cases when I tell them that they have probably not yet employed the basic secret of being able to get past parental defenses and calmly discuss family dynamics (process called metacommunication). That secret is showing the parents empathy.



Empathy for a child abuser? For a child molester? I have got to be kidding, right? How can anyone be empathic with someone who has done something so heinous? So inexcusable? Why would they want to? The perpetrators cannot possibly deserve such a thing.

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Personally I would have not one bit of sympathy for a child abuser. To know what is biblical punishment and what is out of control punishment. Going over the edge and saying such that you feel sorry for a child abuser is sickening and terrible. However this article seems to show difference in theirs views. Which are wrong 

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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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Jane Goodall explains empathy and why kids need pets

Jane Goodall explains empathy and why kids need pets | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The primatologist sat down with MNN, sharing her thoughts on climate change, compassion and a dog named Rusty.


You've said your appreciation for animal sentience began with Rusty, a dog you befriended as a child in England. In what ways could you sense his sentience? Do you think growing up with pets is a good way for children to learn empathy for other animals?

I think it's desperately important for a child to grow up with a pet, providing there's somebody to make sure that they understand how the animal should be treated. And, you know, Rusty worked out problems. He worked out that if he was hot, he could trot down the road, down to the chine and have a little swim and come back. He even did pretend games. He was unlike any other dog I've ever had.



 

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Empathy with the Enemy

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by Roman Krznaric,

Mahatma Gandhi was one of the great empathetic adventurers of the twentieth century, a master in the art of looking at the world from another’s perspective.


His philosophy was embodied in what is known as “Gandhi’s talisman”, a moral code which calls on us to consider the viewpoint of those living on the social margins when making ethical decisions, and to ensure that our actions benefit them in some way.


The challenge he raises is to imagine ourselves into the lives of people whose everyday existence might be vastly different from our own, symbolised by “the poorest and weakest man whom you may have seen”.


Empathising, for Gandhi, is both an individual moral guide and a route towards social change. 

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Campus holds 6th annual TEDxBerkeley conference, explores themes of wisdom, compassion | Dailycal.org

Campus holds 6th annual TEDxBerkeley conference, explores themes of wisdom, compassion | Dailycal.org | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
On Saturday, the sixth annual TEDxBerkeley conference showcased the ideas and perspectives of speakers on the themes of “Wisdom, Compassion and Connection.”

The daylong conference, held in Zellerbach Hall, was divided into three sessions, each focusing on one of the three overarching themes. The lineup of 21 speakers and performances was selected through nomination, according to Lucky Ding, the event’s director of information.
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