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A Univeral Panacea? The Empathy-Led Curriculum

A Univeral Panacea? The Empathy-Led Curriculum | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy, or the lack thereof, causes so many of the daily frustrations in teaching and prevents so much of the learning that could take place in the classroom, that it seems foolhardy to ignore the potential impact of examining this concept in...

 

So what is the empathy-led curriculum, this panacea of which I speak so lengthily? I do not pretend to have all the answers - indeed, you may be better off speaking to someone who is an expert in child psychology and the development of empathy. I can only present ideas that may increase levels of empathy in your classrooms.

 

Of course, the PSHE curriculum, the ways we study texts in English, the way we present historical events through the people who were there can all be enhanced to include a greater focus on empathy. Just adding on modules on empathetic behaviour may not be the answer here; it's in our daily interactions (the curriculum that we don't ever see written down) that empathy needs to be pushed to the forefront. Our language has to change when it comes to encouraging students to behave in a more empathetic manner.

 

Bansi Kara - Head of English in Hackney who believes in the possibility of change in education

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Integral Options Cafe: Self-Compassion Project - Interview with Dr. Barbara Markway

Integral Options Cafe: Self-Compassion Project - Interview with Dr. Barbara Markway | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Meet Dr Barbara Markway! She's a psychologist who did a 1 year self-compassion project.

Please tell us about your self-compassion project.

I loved Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, and I thought the idea of focusing on one thing for an entire year made a lot of sense. I chose self-compassion because I was anything but self-compassionate! I was way too hard on myself. I was perfectionistic. I equated my worth with what I accomplished. And I was battling chronic pain after neck and back surgeries that didn’t work. Trying to motivate myself with the force of a whip just wasn’t working any more.


by Alice Boyes, Ph.D.

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Sophia Tara's curator insight, January 30, 2013 4:36 AM

Above a wholesome discipline...be gentle with yourself. 

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Will More Nonfiction Reading in School Lead to a Lack of Empathy?

Will More Nonfiction Reading in School Lead to a Lack of Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Common Core requires that teachers teach more nonfiction, but how will that affect students?

 

As people are experiencing fiction in their own ways, they are practicing empathy. The fiction they read allows them to experience life as someone else, or in a different time and place, and allows them to be more empathetic in their real lives. As a teacher, I want my students to be productive members of society who are prepared for life after high school, but I also want them to be good citizens who will help someone in need.


I want them to be able to think about their actions and how they affect the world around them and then make choices that benefit themselves, but also benefit the greater good. If we take fiction out of the curriculum, there is a danger that this will not happen. Teaching fiction is vital to creating well-rounded young adults, and is also necessary in practicing empathy.

by Ashley Lauren

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Master the Art of Empathy - Intent Blog

Master the Art of Empathy - Intent Blog | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Continuing our look at imaginative empathy and how empathy is a core part of great acting, here is an interview by the Deepak Chopra Well with acting instructor Diana Castle. For 25 years she has been exploring and teaching the role of empathy in acting.  See the video and interview at http://j.mp/WlPkKE

 

Master the Art of Empathy
 

"Chopra Well: You are an acting instructor and also teach empathy skills. How are empathy and acting related?

Diana Castle: Acting is all too often thought of and even encouraged to be a narcissistic profession – and yes, there are plenty of cultural narcissists today. However the truth in the art of acting is to be found in the heart of empathy. A great actor is that human being who is willing to exchange his or her personal interpretive framework for an alternative interpretive framework, or as Atticus Finch said in To Kill A Mockingbird, to walk a mile in another person’s shoes."

 

More at Culture of Empathy Builder Page:  Diana Castle

http://j.mp/W38zKR 

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6 Habits of Highly Empathetic People

6 Habits of Highly Empathetic People | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

According to new research, empathy is a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives. But what is empathy? And how can you expand your own empathetic potential?

 

If you think you’re hearing the word “empathy” everywhere, you’re right. It’s now on the lips of scientists and business leaders, education experts and political activists. But there is a vital question that few people ask:How can I expand my own empathic potential? Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives.  

by Roman Krznaric

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Empathy – How Much is Too Much?

Empathy – How Much is Too Much? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The physician-patient relationship is the cornerstone to quality medical care. A key component to this relationship is physician empathy — the ability to understand the patient’s experiences and feelings and view the world from the patient’s perspective. 

 

Empathy is so important in this day and age that medical and other health care professional schools are instituting empathy training programs and establishing empathy-related learning objectives. But, a recent study reveals that physicians might benefit from decreasing their empathy response and improve clinical outcomes


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Measuring the Erosion of Empathy – Deconstructing the Science of Evil | Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation - USA

Measuring the Erosion of Empathy – Deconstructing the Science of Evil | Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation - USA | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Evil exists in the world. It seems almost impossible to read the daily news without coming across stories of great injustice and malevolence brought about by human cruelty.  Rather than dismissing these acts of evil as mere acts of insanity, however, it can be highly valuable to investigate what causes people to act so destructively. Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen’s book, The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty, does just this. Baron-Cohen, a psychologist specializing in autism, suggests that “evil” is more properly defined as a complete lack of empathy, the ability to understand and respond emotionally to others.

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Dalai Lama live - January 17-22, 2013

Mind and Life XXVI: Mind, Brain and Matter - Critical Conversations Between Buddhist Thought and Science

There will be live webcasts of the The Mind and Life XXVI conference from Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India, on January 17-22, 2013. Twenty of the world’s foremost scientists and philosophers with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other senior Tibetan scholars will address topic over the course of the week that include the historical sweep of science and the revolutions in our understanding of our physical universe and the nature of the mind.


Scientific and the classical Buddhist philosophical methods of inquiry will be studied, as well as selected topics in quantum physics, neuroscience, and Buddhist and contemporary Western views of consciousness. In addition, the applications of contemplative practices in clinical and educational settings will be explored.

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Empathy ups brain response to atypical bodies

Empathy ups brain response to atypical bodies | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Interestingly, we found that individual differences in trait empathy affected the result," says Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, assistant professor at the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC. "That is, individuals who scored higher in their ability to empathize with other people showed more activity in motor regions when observing actions made by residual limbs."

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Jodi Halpern and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Healthcare Series

Jodi Halpern and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Healthcare Series | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Jodi Halpern. M.D., Ph.D, is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Medical Program and the School of Public Health. As a psychiatrist with a background in philosophy, she investigates how emotions and the imagination shape healthcare decisions of clinicians and patients. She is author ofFrom Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice.

 

Clinical Empathy: "As a psychiatrist as well as a faculty member in bioethics at UC Berkeley for almost two decades, I’ve investigated what happens to patients when their doctors show a lack of empathy. Doctors were trained to believe that emotional detachment from patients is personally and professionally necessary, but experience shows that patients don’t trust doctors who are aloof or superficially friendly. Yet, only recently have studies proven just how harmful detachment and how beneficial empathy is for healing...." 

 

Culture of Empathy Builder:  Jodi Halpern
http://j.mp/T63aQf

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Louise Grant and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy

Louise Grant and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Louise Grant is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Bedfordshire. Louise has been studying the role of empathy in fostering resilience in social workers in the UK.


She says, "My teaching interests are in children and families social work and in particular in developing reflective practice for effective social work and developing supervision knowledge and skills in social workers. My research focus is on reflective practice and developing emotional resilience for social work practice"


Louise is co-author of the study, 'Exploring Stress Resilience in Trainee Social Workers: The Role of Emotional and Social Competencies'. In order to inform the development of interventions to enhance the work-related well-being of early career social workers, this study examined several emotional and social competencies (i.e. emotional intelligence, reflective ability, empathy and social competence) as predictors of resilience in 240 trainees.


Culture of Empathy Builder:  Louise Grant

http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Others/Louise-Grant.htm

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Mark Honigsbaum and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy

Mark Honigsbaum and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Mark Honigsbaum is a Research Associate at the University of Zurich's Institute for Medical History and the author of 'Living With Enza'.

Mark wrote some articles about the role empathy, The Politics of Empathy and Barack Obama and the 'empathy deficit' which was published in the Guardian. We talked about his articles and views on the role of empathy in society

 

Mark said, "I'd be very happy to talk to you about empathy just so long as you understand that I am primarily an historian of medicine so, while I am all for promoting greater compassion and awareness of the predicament of those less fortunate than myself, I am wary of this notion of empathy as intrinsically pro-social and moral. This strikes me as a very recent notion, traceable to the birth of the psy sciences around the turn of the last century. Moreover, if alleviating the suffering of the poor and disadvantaged is to be more than a feel-good sound bite it has to be married with a real political agenda, which means making choices and taking sides (in my opinion of course)"

 

Culture of Empathy Builder:  Mark Honigsbaum
http://j.mp/149K9B7

 

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George Lewis and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Photography

George Lewis and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Photography | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 George Lewis and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Photography

 

George Lewis is a photographer exploring the nature of empathy. He says, "For me, one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is to make people more visible to one another, to find ways for people to engage, empathize, and learn of each other’s deepest values and concerns. We need to lay the foundations for a new global human identity, one that transcends differences and is predicated on mutual understanding and respect, celebrating the beauty of difference. In short my art is all about Empathy. " 

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page:  George Lewis

http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Others/George-Lewis.htm

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Everything Yoga: Compassion as a Tool

Everything Yoga: Compassion as a Tool | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The most important thing you could possibly do right now -- for yourself and for everyone else -- is to begin to develop and/or to further develop your capacity to utilize your compassionate heart as a force of goodness and healing in your life and the life of humanity.” --excerpted from Impossible Compassion by Edward Mannix

 

Author, change agent, Vipassana meditator, and practical spirituality guruEdward Mannix has managed to meld the simple and the profound and capture my attention with his work, Directed Compassion. He explains the practical tool of Directed Compassion in his book, Impossible Compassion: Utilizing Directed Compassion to Cure Disease, Save the Environment, Transform Relationships...and Do All Sorts of Other Good Things for Ourselves and Everyone Else.

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Where Science and Religion Coexist

Where Science and Religion Coexist | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Religion and science have not always been easy friends, as Galileo could attest.

 

But over the last week scientists and Buddhist scholars have been working in this small Tibetan enclave in southern India to prove that these two worlds can not only co-exist — but benefit each another.

 

It is the 26th edition of the Mind & Life Conference and the first held in a monastery, for thousands of Buddhist monks gathered here. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, greeted the scientists last Friday and introduced the week-long dialogue about science and religion

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Jusvic Dublois & Cooper Baddley's curator insight, October 27, 6:01 PM

This falls under religion. You might think that science and religion don't really blend together, but actually they do. Buddhists and scientists have been working together and have found that science and religion can actually blend well together. The blending of science and religion gives benefits to each side. Both Buddhism and science have the same insight o something like an object.

Matthew Carrigg's curator insight, October 29, 12:27 AM

    This classifies as religion in India as Buddhist monks try to share their ideas and learn more about the world and the science around it.  Both Buddhism and science can each benefit each other.  Buddhism and science are seen as parrell lines that don't contradict what is right and wrong but seem to improve the understanding in both.  Monks are able to debate subjects but not have a bias view to either relying on logic instead of belief.  Science will also develop from these interactions because Buddhist have a better understanding of the mind than scientist have figured out at this time.

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Building empathy builds society

Building empathy builds society | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Recent events make all of us wonder how people, especially young people, develop legitimate concern for others. Empathy is essential for a healthy society.

 

Empathy — the ability to understand and care about how other people feel, a fundamental aspect of humanity.

 

Recently, our country became aware of the devastating consequences that happen when there is a dramatic failure of empathy. Developing and maintaining empathy for others, even in the face of strong dislike or disagreement, is one of society’s most pressing concerns.

 

Tony Hacker

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On Moral Progress: Reason and Logic or Empathy and Emotion

On Moral Progress: Reason and Logic or Empathy and Emotion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

On Moral Progress: Reason and Logic or Empathy and Emotion

Is the human conscience led by the head or the heart? Is the moral progress we have enjoyed – religious freedom, the abolition of slavery, anti-war movements, civil, women’s, and gay rights – a gift of empathy and emotion, or of reason and logic? Psychologist and author Steven Pinker and philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein survey the history of moral progress in human society, a history, they say, suggesting that reason and logic have had a surprisingly powerful role in shaping the human condition.  

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Johnice Reid-English's comment, January 28, 2013 8:29 AM
Actually for the issues mentioned I believe that a combination of
"Reason and Logic/Empathy and Emotion" worked hand and hand to accomplish said goals, legislatively. There were plenty against these legislative outcomes, as I recall, things could easily have gone south for each one. Gone south literally: a continuation of the antebellum beliefs of the south may have prevailed but if not for a strong empathetic and logical mind set in the then sitting congress and POTUS signing these laws in to effect.
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How to design breakthrough inventions - the main tenet is empathy for the consumer

How to design breakthrough inventions -  the main tenet is empathy for the consumer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Global firm IDEO incorporates human behavior into product design -- an innovative approach being taught at Stanford

 

David Kelley: You got it. You got it. That's the hard part is the cultural thing of having a diverse group of people and having them be good at building on each other's ideas.

 

They encourage wild ideas and visualize solutions by making actual prototypes. But the main tenet is empathy for the consumer, figuring out what humans really want by watching them.

 

David Kelley: If you want to improve a piece of software, all's you have to do is watch people using it and see where they grimace and then correlate that to where they are in the software. And you could fix that, right? And so the thing is to really build empathy, try to understand people through observing them.

 

Charlie Rose: In other words, their experience will communicate what you need to focus on.

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Exploring Empathy

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What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel - and to hurt for them or be happy for them?  Host Frank Stasio is joined by a panel of experts to discuss empathy, the trait that makes us uniquely human.

 

Lasana Harris is an assistant professor in psychology and neuroscience at Duke University; Jesse Prinz is a Distinguished Professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Pate Skene is an associate professor of neurobiology at Duke University and a second year law student; and Ralph Savarese is an associate professor of English at Grinnell College, a Duke Humanities Writ Large Fellow, and the author of “Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption”

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 27, 2013 1:45 PM

Want to get better at empathy in order to connect with customers/prospects and create better stories?


Then you might want to listen to this discussion by a panel of experts.


Empathy, like listening, is one of the essential storytelling skills to master. Enjoy this audio file!


And thank you to fellow curator Don Hornsby for originally finding and sharing this piece.

donhornsby's comment, January 27, 2013 5:44 PM
You are welcome.
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Gifts of giving: The role of empathy and perceived benefits to others and self in young adults’ decisions to become organ donors

Gifts of giving: The role of empathy and perceived benefits to others and self in young adults’ decisions to become organ donors | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Trait empathy and self-interest exert a strong influence on different prosocial behaviors, but their role in the promotion of organ donation registration is unclear. A survey examined how perceived benefits of organ donation for others and the self affect people’s willingness to register as donors.

 

Perceived other-benefits did not predict registration. Those with lower risk and greater self-benefit perceptions were more willing to donate.

 

Empathic concern predicted donation willingness and moderated the effect of other-benefit perceptions, such that other-benefit perceptions predicted donation willingness among those with greater empathic concern.

 

Applications of these findings to organ donation promotion are discussed.

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Joy to the World – Empathy and Positive Emotions

Joy to the World – Empathy and Positive Emotions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to perceive and react to another person’s emotions. Much attention has been paid to empathy regarding negative emotions, but little is known about how (or if) we respond to positive emotions in the same way. Now, a new study reports that joy may be harder to share than distress.

 

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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.

 

more at Culture of Empathy Builder: Mary Gordon
http://j.mp/LDeQli


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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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James O'Dea and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Peace

James O'Dea and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Peace | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

James O’Dea is the lead faculty for the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training with hundreds of international participants. These trainings are ongoing.


He is on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and its former President. He is also former Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation.

 

James is author of, Cultivating Peace: Becoming a 21st Century Peace Ambassador.


"When we can really put ourselves in the shoes of the other, when we can reach new depths of empathy, then we can be effective ambassadors of peace....

Without empathy there is no way forward for civilization. Individuals who lack empathy are trapped in selfish motivations and ego fixations: they have not learned how to see themselves in the predicament of others. Politicians who lack empathy relate to others through a primitive in-group inclusion or out-group exclusion. This degree of psychological development cannot negotiate any form of middle ground. Conviction is reduced to simplistic binary codes such as "You are either with us or against us.""

 

Culture of Empathy Builder:  James O'Dea 

http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/James-ODea.htm

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Dorrie Fontaine and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Healthcare

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Dorrie Fontaine, is Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia. At the school she started the Compassionate Care & Empathic Leadership Initiative (CCELI) "which exists to create dialogue around and preparedness for nurses who deal every day with people in life-changing situations–one-time or chronic illness, terminal disease, end-of-life care and even death itself–and all the highly-charged, complex issues surrounding them.

 

 The CCELI focuses on systems that optimize patients’ and their family’s quality of life, incorporate compassion and empathy into personal behavior, interprofessional interactions and encounters with patients and families.  We’re developing clinical, educational and research initiatives that further those aims. Our ultimate vision is to reduce human suffering and promote health and well-being by fostering compassionate people and systems."

 

"Can compassion be taught? UVa Nursing's all volunteer army of nurses, physicians, administrators, professors and students are learning concrete ways to insert compassion into every patient interaction -- and they're bolstering their own resilience in the process."

 

Culture of Empathy Builder: Dorrie Fontaine 

http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Others/Dorrie-Fontaine.htm

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Diana Castle and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Acting

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Diana Castle and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Acting

 

Diana Castle is a first generation American born of a holocaust survivor. She attended a fine arts high school before graduating with a BFA in theatre with a music minor. She began her career in both musicals and dramatic roles in NYC, in national tours and regional theatre, as well as on stages internationally.
 

 "Diana Castle’s THE IMAGINED LIFE™ – Acting As The Art of The Empathetic Imagination- is a creative philosophy and practical application of your natural empathetic imagination to the art of acting...

 

Diana works with actors, singers, writers and directors of diverse backgrounds from all over the world in an effort to illuminate an experience of alternative perspectives, facilitate catharsis and create community through her creative philosophy and the empathetic imagined life experience."

 

We had a fun, dynamic and almost 2 hour discussion about the nature of empathy and how to embody it through acting. We explored how to not just talk about empathy, but embody it.

 

Culture of Empathy Builder:  Diana Castle

j.mp/W38zKR

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