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Ep 41 - Downtown Podcast (ft. Scott Stratten)

Gear up for episode #41 of the Downtown Podcast! In this episode, we welcome Scott Stratten, also known as @unmarketing online. Scott was recently named one of the top 5 social media influencers in the world on Forbes.com and we were thrilled to have him by to talk about social media and branding for startups. We also speak with two of the creators behind StandInMyShoes.com, a movement to expose and erase the empathy deficit. Finally, we talk with Rachel Warbelow, a teachers behind an Indiegogo campaign that's receiving local and national attention with the goal to bring a computer lab to a students learning to code.
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Empathy Movement Magazine

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The Power of Storytelling: How to Build Empathy with the Right Narrative

The Power of Storytelling: How to Build Empathy with the Right Narrative | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Whether you’re telling stories or seeking out stories to improve understanding, great stories that foster empathy share some key characteristics:

1. They don't bog people down with unnecessary facts and figures.

On her blog, behavioral scientist Susan Weinschenk describes what happens to the brain when someone hears a story versus a bunch of facts and figures:

“Let’s say you are listening to me give a presentation on the global economy. I’m NOT telling a story, but giving you facts and figures. If we had you hooked up to an fMRI machine we would see that your auditory cortex is active, as you’re listening, as well as Wernicke’s area of the brain where words are processed. If you were reading a newspaper article on the same topic then we would see, again Wernicke’s area as well as your visual cortex as you are reading.”

 

Further readingWired for Empathy: How and Why Stories Cultivate Emotions
Empathy, Neurochemistry and the Dramatic Arc

 

Genevieve Conti

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Inclusion, Play and Empathy: Neuroaffective Development in Children's Groups Edited by Susan Hart.

Inclusion, Play and Empathy: Neuroaffective Development in Children's Groups Edited by Susan Hart. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Contributions from early childhood educators, teachers, psychologists, music therapists, occupational therapists, and psychotherapists highlight the crucial role that early relationships and interactions in group settings play in the development of children's personal, emotional and social skills.

The book features the latest research and methods for successfully encouraging the development of these skills in groups of children aged 4-12. It explores how play within children's groups can be facilitated in order to foster emotional and empathic capacities, how to overcome common challenges to inclusion in schools and introduces practical, creative approaches to cultivating a sense of unity and team spirit in children's groups.

 

'Brains allow humans to move, predictions make movements meaningful by mentalization, and mentalization is validated by feelings from emotions. This is the short version of this excellent introduction to the roles of play in the development of inclusionary empathy.

 

The volume by eminent practitioners of the different fields is highly recommended to anyone concerned with the loss of empathy in the age of the internet.'

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Empathy Matters | “EMPATHY IS SIMPLE BUT IT IS ALSO EXTRAORDINARY”

Empathy Matters | “EMPATHY IS SIMPLE BUT IT IS ALSO EXTRAORDINARY” | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

After the latest rounds of police brutality, while processing my emotions through conversations with my black friends and keeping it together during my internship, a hopeful thing happened.....

 

Empathy matters. It enables us to recognize and understand the emotions of others when happiness occurs and when tragedy strikes. It pushes us to reach out when someone is in need. It impels us to speak less and listen more. I need more of it. We all need more of it.

 

Duwain Pinder,

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Pixelache 2016: The Science of Empathy

Pixelache 2016: The Science of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Saarikivi is a cognitive neuroscientist and the leader of NEMO – Natural Emotionality in Digital Interaction at the University of Helsinki. The group is looking for new ways to digitalize and transmit empathy in the digital realm. Her quick introduction to The Science of Empathy was brilliant and uplifting.

Saarikivi explained that empathy is important. It’s what makes us connect to other people’s emotions. Empathy is also an essential survival skill for humans. It’s what makes us come together and collaborate. It also makes collective intelligence possible. Compared to big beasts like bears and tigers, humans are small and weak so we needed to cooperate in order to be able to overcome them. That’s what has enabled humanity to survive and flourish over time.
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(Teaching Emapthy) The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child

(Teaching Emapthy) The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child
Empathy is the ability to feel with another human being. And we're getting worse at it. Parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba, Ed.D., explains how you can help your child learn to be more empathetic.

 

Fortunately, empathy can be taught and cultivated. But we have to put our phones down to do it. "Empathy starts with face-to-face interaction," Dr. Borba said. Here, her top tips for helping your kid care more: 

 

Read (and talk) more...

Teach kindness....

Emphasize eye contact....

Share good news...

Establish your family values....

Do as you say...

 

By Liz Loerke

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(Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy

(Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
To live in a world without empathy is to live in a world that is ego-centric, dog-eat-dog, focused on me. A world without empathy is a world where people don’t consider how things look from another person’s viewpoint, a place where other’s feelings, perceptions, intentions, and motives don’t matter.

 

Other problems arise in a loveless world. It would be impossible to trust anyone else as trust is built on leaps of faith and human compassion. We would have no way to experience the safety of others unless they exactly conformed to our expectations. Each of us would be self-appointed emperors of our own little world. Inevitably, it would be a rather lonely world.

 

However, a world of empathy is one where people feel safe, secure, and connected. It’s a place where we can trust that people are concerned for our needs and interests. It’s a world where people see into our hearts, and see through our eyes. A world with empathy is a world where people understand and care.

 

We as parents are armed with the abilities to help instill this in our children and unless there is an underlying neurological difficulty we can go a long way to making sure we raise emotionally literate and empathetic children.

 

 

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Why Business Leaders Need to 'Tune in' to Their People

Why Business Leaders Need to 'Tune in' to Their People | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
'Tuning in' means empathy, the ability to see things from another's perspective. Do you have this vital skill?

 

Consider, too, that empathy really matters when businesses are in transition.

 

When we’ve advised on mergers, we often see risks if the acquirer's management team does not truly understand the acquiree's culture: A merger can fail as the result of key talent leaving once non-compete deals expire.

Conversely, empathy can produce better, easier, faster transactions and transitions.

 

CHRIS PIERCE-COOKE

 

 

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Empathy is not Intuitive

Empathy is not Intuitive | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lots of people might argue otherwise, but empathy is not an intuitive process. Intuition is defined as the ability to perceive the truth, independent of any reasoning. Note that the key phrase is “independent of any reasoning.” Empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, relies on listening and observation and being able to process the information gathered with rational thought, which is also known as systematic thinking.

 

And here’s the science to support it: Christine Ma-Kellams (from the University of La Verne) and Jennifer Lerner (from Harvard) recently published a paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, titled “Trust Your Gut or Think Carefully? Examining Whether an Intuitive, Versus a Systematic, Mode of Thought Produces Greater Empathic Accuracy.”

 

For this study, they compared two modes of thought: intuitive thinking (going with your gut, what feels right) and systematic thinking (carefully analyzing the information available).

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Claire Brooks' New Book: Marketing With Strategic Empathy - YouTube

In this clip President of Model People Inc., Claire Brooks, introduces us to her new book: Marketing With Strategic Empathy.
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Claire Brooks on Empathy and Data - YouTube

In this clip President of Model People Inc., Claire Brooks, talks about the benefits of using empathy.
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Practice empathy: "The benefits of empathy aren’t always obvious"

Practice empathy: "The benefits of empathy aren’t always obvious" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

..The benefits of empathy aren’t always obvious - especially in a country like the United States that highly values individualism and efficiency.

 

However, recent studies from Duke University and Penn State revealed that empathetic kids are more likely to graduate from high school and have full time jobs. Students lacking this skill were more likely to drop out, get in trouble with law enforcement and need government assistance. 

 

Rachel Cain, Director of Outpatient Mental Health at Northeast Youth & Family Services, says that empathy is fundamental to healthy relationships with friends, family, co-workers and even strangers.

 

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 By teaching empathy early and often, there is a greater chance that a person will be an effective problem solver and understand the needs of others.

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By Jerry Hromatka

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Empathy 

This video explains what empathy means and how to demonstrate it in helping or counselling work or, just to enhance your relationships. It is especially powerful where there is a conflict to be resolved. It includes a clip from Carl Rogers, the Humanistic Psychologist who developed the Person-Centred approach to psychotherapy.
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Empathy as Dialogue in Theatre and Performance | Lindsay B. Cummings 

Empathy as Dialogue in Theatre and Performance | Lindsay B. Cummings  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy has provoked equal measures of excitement and controversy in recent years. For some, empathy is crucial to understanding others, helping us bridge social and cultural differences. For others, empathy is nothing but a misguided assumption of access to the minds of others. In this book, Cummings argues that empathy comes in many forms, some helpful to understanding others and some detrimental.

 

Tracing empathy’s genealogy through aesthetic theory, philosophy, psychology, and performance theory, Cummings illustrates how theatre artists and scholars have often overlooked the dynamic potential of empathy by focusing on its more “monologic” forms, in which spectators either project their point of view onto characters or passively identify with them.

 

This book therefore explores how empathy is most effective when it functions as a dialogue, along with how theatre and performance can utilise the live, emergent exchange between bodies in space to encourage more dynamic, dialogic encounters between performers and audience

Lindsay B.

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A Whole New Way to View Empathy 

A Whole New Way to View Empathy  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When we let empathy take the lead, we start to see the world in a whole new way and this changes everything about the way we live our lives.

 

Empathy affects the way we engage with others.

The best way we can begin to foster empathy is to intentionally go deep with people. Relationships don’t form through happenstance. We are drawn to those who have gone before us. Empathy is the pulling towards another’s pain and this is what allows us to deeply connect.

Empathy affects the way we lead.

It can become one of the greatest strengths of a leader. Leading with empathy allows you to lead from a place of humility rather than pride. In the end, a leader who has experienced pain has become better for it and one of the greatest qualities of leadership is the ability to see and care for people as individuals.

Empathy changes the way we see our circumstances.

When we are able to look at our lives and see all that we’ve gained from the difficult times, it changes everything about the way we view the present. Hardship has the ability to shape the person you’ve become and empathy has a way of amplifying your calling.


Leigh Liebmann

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FAMILY AND MARRIAGE: Walk in someone else’s shoes

FAMILY AND MARRIAGE: Walk in someone else’s shoes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sympathy usually doesn’t generate much action on our part toward the person suffering the misfortune. Empathy does. As Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott point out in their book “Trading Places,” “Empathy creates understanding, understanding produces connection, connection gives direction to necessary action.”


Putting ourselves in our spouse’s shoes, “trading places” with them, provides a number of practical benefits.

  • It reduces criticism. It’s not as easy to be critical with someone when you have experienced what they are going through.
  • It eliminates nagging. Instead, it gives the person encouragement.
  • It shortens conflict. Empathy moves us from blaming to shared responsibility
  • It deepens friendship. “They are on our side.”

 

 Roger Rollins executive director of The Family and Marriage Coalition

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What SA schools can learn from Denmark about teaching kids empathy

What SA schools can learn from Denmark about teaching kids empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
As bullying and discrimination continues in South African schools, fears are growing that young children are losing their ability to be empathetic.

Empathy is known as the ability to read another person’s emotions and helps creates happier people as a result.

It's reported that Scandinavian countries have some of the happiest children in the world.

This is partly because the schooling systems in countries such as Denmark have woven critical life skills such as empathy into the teaching curriculum.

 

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show:

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Pixelache Festival 2016: ‘Interfaces for Empathy’,

Pixelache Festival 2016: ‘Interfaces for Empathy’, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Pixelache Festival 2016 will take place from September 22nd to 25th in Helsinki. The festival, named ‘Interfaces for Empathy’, explores possibilities of the shift towards the understanding of human species as a balanced part of the ecosystem we live within.

 

For a long time humankind has known about the challenge of overconsumption of natural resources that eg. cause climate disruption, loss of biodiversity, pollution and extinction of species. Nevertheless, the knowledge on its own does not seem to lead to rapid and significant change in our behaviour.

 

The idea that the festival explores, and the way is seeks to connect these observed trajectories, is one of empathy.

  • Is it possible, through this very basic ability to sense or identify, to change the narrative of the human-kind?
  • Could empathy be one of the key elements in reconnecting us with our ecosystem and ourselves?
  • Can we experience empathy towards whole ecosystems? 

 

After all, empathy is the element that has enabled humans to work together and collaborate in order to flourish as species. The festival wants to question and propose that maybe empathy could be learned, found or especially re-found through eg. bodily presence, experimental communication and embodied and alternate visions of perception.

 

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(Empathic Parenting) (Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy

(Empathic Parenting) (Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another being is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. Empathy moves us to share in another’s pain, to really see the world through their eyes. When we do, it very often changes the kind of decisions and actions we take.

 

 There are many definitions for empathy which encompass a broad range of emotional states. Types of empathy include

  • cognitive empathy,
  • emotional empathy, and
  • somatic empathy.

 

 

Teaching Empathy

  1. Treat children as individuals with minds of their own,
  2. Model empathy...
  3. Make kids aware of the similarities they share with others....
  4. Empathy involves perspective taking skills...
  5. Make a face....
  6. More oxytocin, “the bonding hormone”, can help better decode emotional meaning in facial expressions....
  7. Reassessment of the Milgram Experiments –Moral Disengagement...
  8. Express your feelings openly...
  9. Emotional vocabulary is key...
  10. Monitor and guide media use...

 

 

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Scale the 'empathy wall.' Talking with Strangers: A Journey to the Heart of the Right

Scale the 'empathy wall.' Talking with Strangers: A Journey to the Heart of the Right | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"A new book encourages us to scale the “empathy wall” to understand a segment of Trump supporters

 

An empathy wall is an obstacle to deep understanding of another person, one that can make us feel indifferent or even hostile to those who hold different beliefs or whose childhood is rooted in different circumstances."
Arlie Hochschild, sociologist and author

 

There are many theories and explanations for the rise of Donald Trump and the current incarnation of white right-wing populism.

 

A deeper understanding—and an invitation to scale the “empathy wall”—comes from veteran sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild in her new book, Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.  The book is, as its second subtitle suggests, “A Journey to the Heart of Our Political Divide.”

 

 

 

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6 tips to practice empathy and improve customer experience

6 tips to practice empathy and improve customer experience | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Practice proactive empathy. Use automation to monitor your product for errors and frustrating interactions (for example, episodes of rage clicking), then proactively reach out to the customer to provide help, and express empathy, before they've even asked for it.
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Empathy Matters 

Empathy Matters  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Our natural instinct is to withhold empathy only for special situations. When a family member or friend is diagnosed with a disease or our hometown is hit with a natural disaster, we naturally summon up reserves of empathy to support those in need.

 

However, when a tragic event happens outside of our natural scope of relationships, we guard our emotions. When we scroll through headlines and view lives as abstract statistics rather than deep, meaningful existences that can never be replicated, we hoard our empathy for good reason.

 

Duwain Pinder

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Claire Brooks and The Strategic Empathy® Process - YouTube

In this clip President of Model People Inc., Claire Brooks, talks about the strategic empathy process described in her new book: Marketing With Strategic Empathy.
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Support Empathy Dialogue Circles with Police, Black Lives Matter and Community.

Support Empathy Dialogue Circles with Police, Black Lives Matter and Community. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How might we improve police and community relations?

 

This is a project to organize and host a series of Empathy Circles with Police Officers, Black Lives Matter and other Community Members. The best way for communities to come together is foster mutual and relational empathic dialog and understanding that results in shared action.  We can start with a series of online Empathy Circles and then move towards hosting local community circles in larger groups.

 

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Empathic Design: Mapping Your Brain, Brand, and Data

Empathic Design: Mapping Your Brain, Brand, and Data | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What is Empathic Design?

According to Wikipedia, empathic design is “a user-centered design approach that pays attention to the user’s feelings toward a product.”

In the simplest sense, then, empathic design is a function of user-centered design – which is defined by Wikipedia as “a framework of processes (not restricted to interfaces or technologies) in which the needs, wants, and limitations of end users of a product, service or process are given extensive attention at each stage of the design process.”

In practice, however, empathic design seeks to identify latent customer needs in order to create products or messaging that customers didn’t even know they wanted. It tries to tease out some of the subconscious desires that customers would normally have difficulty envisioning or articulating, as well as to align branding and design with those subconscious desires to create more motivation to purchase.

 

by Ben Labay

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Can Empathy Improve Policing? 

Can Empathy Improve Policing?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

New training programs that help police to listen, stay calm, and communicate during charged encounters may lead to fewer arrests and less use of force.

 

While the research is largely preliminary, some of the findings suggest that empathy—being able to see interactions from another’s perspective and understand the emotions involved—may play an important role in policing.

 

Helping police to slow down their encounters with the public and to practice more respectful and empathic communication could go a long way toward reducing excessive force and unnecessary arrests, leading to more acceptance of their presence and role in the communities they are hired to protect.

 

 

By Jill Suttie

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/

 

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