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Founder’s confession: How I lost and rediscovered empathy along the startup path | 4.0 Schools Blog

Founder’s confession: How I lost and rediscovered empathy along the startup path | 4.0 Schools Blog | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

But surely SOCIAL entrepreneurs are empathetic?

While social entrepreneurs like Ashoka’s Bill Drayton or Oxford Business School’s Pamela Hartigan are quite right that you cannot be truly profitable if you are not wired for empathy, this does not mean that it’s not hard.  It’s not just technology and social media that’s to blame. Based on my own experience, there is something that happens from that “road to Damascus moment” (essential to the foundational tales of many social entrepreneurs from Jacqueline Novogratz’s moment of finding a boy in Africa wearing her old blue sweater to John Woods discovering the need for libraries in the Himalayas) in which a stubborn, passionate person is confronted with the immediate and direct experience of an obstacle that they are determined to remove, come hell or high water. 

 

But now as people strive to create the most social change and demonstrate the data of their impact, does something still get lost? One of our queen word smiths, Monika Smyczek, asked over a late-night “Launchathon” (our own version of hackathons where we dissected and championed one another’s businesses) the key question that anyone must ask as they try to retain empathy in the DNA of an organization: “How do you scale Gandhi?”

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David Hain's curator insight, September 7, 2013 4:30 AM

How do you scale Gandhi???  Great question...

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Forget empathy – it’s time for radical connection | openDemocracy

Forget empathy – it’s time for radical connection | openDemocracy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In that moment I cringed, and not just because we shared the same name. I began to see something clearly that I had struggled with before. This kind of personification – so emotionally powerful, tempting and cathartic - leads us away from a focus on the culture, structures and processes of racism that the Zimmerman case represents.  And that's also the problem with empathy.

 

While it's important to honor the humanity of those whose actions cause great harm, “developing more empathy” is never enough to confront injustice and discrimination. It’s not how much empathy we feel in general terms that really makes the difference, but what we do with the empathy we feel and how we do it in concrete situations.  

 

KRISTEN ZIMMERMAN

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Empathy: The Foundation of Moral Design

Empathy: The Foundation of Moral Design | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Seth Godin delivers a hilarious critique of poor design in this 2006 talk titled 'This is Broken." 

 

Empathy is also one of the foundational pillars of morality, because moral issues only exist in the context of relationships.  Moral issues arise only because our actions have consequences for others,  When we consider these consequences in our own behavior, and consider the extent to which we might put our own well-being at risk for the sake of others, then we are thinking morally.  To understand those consequences, moral thinking requires us to be able to imagine them from the perspective of the person that will experience them.  Godin seems to be suggesting that every design constructs a relationship with the user, and where the designer imposes costs or hardships on the user (especially without the consent of the user!), then the design is immoral — and therefore subject to ridicule. 

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How to Teach Kids Empathy Through Technology

How to Teach Kids Empathy Through Technology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Whether your youngster is taking toys and making kids cry at the playground or he has a difficult time understanding feelings, you can help him better understand others' emotions and his own. Empathy can develop over time with your consistent example and guidance. Start teaching your child about empathy early by becoming his empathy role model and then employ the use of the technology in your home to help him develop his skill, learn to view circumstances from another's perspective and respond compassionately.

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Teaching Empathy in Medical School

Teaching Empathy in Medical School | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Some institutions have begun to offer empathy training for their clinicians. At Weill Cornell, we have a number of initiatives that aim to cultivate empathy and humanistic values in our students. Last year, we launched an innovative pilot program that will eventually give students the opportunity to follow one or more patients over the course of their entire four years of medical school. Currently, one first-year and one second-year student are paired together under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

 

Students build relationships with patients by attending doctor's appointments with them, contacting them regularly, and conducting an annual home visit to understand how their diseases impact their daily lives. Students are asked to keep a reflective journal about their experiences, and they participate in monthly mentoring sessions where they discuss psychosocial issues relevant to their patients. A major goal of the program is to prepare students to deliver empathetic, socially, and ethically responsible care by providing them with exposure to patients from the very beginning of their training.

 

Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., MD, 
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

 

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The Empathy Economy: Design Skills and Business Skills Are Converging

The Empathy Economy: Design Skills and Business Skills Are Converging | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Quality-management programs can’t give you the kind of empathetic connection to consumers that increasingly is the key to opening up new business opportunities. All the B-school-educated managers you hire won’t automatically get you the outside-the-box thinking you need to build new brands — or create new experiences for old brands. The truth is we’re moving from a knowledge economy that was dominated by technology into an experience economy controlled by consumers and the corporations who empathize with them....

 

Understanding, empathy, problem-solving — these are the heuristic managerial skills needed today, argues Martin, who advises Procter & Gamble ..

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Daniel Pink argues that left-brain linear, analytical, and computer-like thinking are being replaced by right-brain empathy, inventiveness, and understanding as skills most needed by business...

 

by By Bruce Nussbaum

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Alice Flaherty discusses "A Neurologist's View of Empathy?"

Part of "Empathy: The Development and Disintegration of Human Connection" 
A symposium sponsored by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior
January 17, 2013 | Bornstein Amphitheater | Brigham & Women's Hospital

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Alice Flaherty, MD, PhD, is a joint associate professor of both neurology and psychiatry
at HMS. Her practice is at MGH.

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Carl Marci discusses "Neurobiology and Physiology of Empathy"

Part of "Empathy: The Development and Disintegration of Human Connection" 


A symposium sponsored by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior
January 17, 2013 | Bornstein Amphitheater | Brigham & Women's Hospital .


Carl D. Marci, MD, is the Director of Social Neuroscience for the Psychotherapy Research Program, an attending staff psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Visiting Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Program in Media Arts & Sciences, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


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Helen Riess discusses "Empathy Research and Education"

Part of "Empathy: The Development and Disintegration of Human Connection" A symposium sponsored by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior January 17, 2013 |…

 

Helen Riess, MD, is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical
School and Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program in the
Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She conducts
translational research utilizing the neuroscience of emotions in educational
curricula to improve empathy and relational skills in physicians and other health
care providers.


Culture of Empathy Builder:  Helen Riess

http://j.mp/M5XQ7Y

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Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, September 4, 2013 12:31 PM

Bedside manner as an innovation for medicine--the simpliest and the hardest to find. 

 

The presenter does not speak to the application of these ideas to education, but I am curious. I wonder if teachers and principals sometimes build up antipathy as a means of protecting themselves from the many sources of attacks and criticisms. I'd also be curious to see how a school culture would change after having empathy training.

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Museum Commons: The Empathetic Museum: Help Widen the Conversation

Museum Commons: The Empathetic Museum: Help Widen the Conversation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Following up on  June 7 and June 29  posts on empathy in museums, six museum colleagues from a variety of areas in the field are proposing a session called “The Empathetic Museum”  for the  May 2014 American Alliance of Museums Conference in Seattle, WA.  I’m one of the panelists, so this is a shameless plea for your support.  Since some of my posts on empathy have been the most viewed in this blog’s history I’m thinking that this topic resonates with the readership and  that you’ll endorse giving attention to this topic at AAM. Since the Alliance has begun using crowd-sourcing as one way of selecting conference sessions, anyone who has an AAM Profile (don’t have to be a member) can log in to thewebsite, create a profile if they don’t have one, access proposals, and “like” the ones they would like to see on the May program Gretchen Jennings  
I'm a longtime museum professional, having worked as an educator, administrator, and exhibition project director in a variety of museums - art, history, and science.

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The Look of Love - Love's many splendors begin with empathy and attachment

The Look of Love - Love's many splendors begin with empathy and attachment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is empathy, and why does it matter? The term, coined by a contemporary of Freud, goes back to the German word meaning “feeling into.” The English novelist Ian McEwan once wrote, “Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity. It is the essence of compassion, and it is the beginning of morality.”

 

A slightly more scientific paraphrase might describe empathy as the ability of the brain to accurately mirror the emotions it perceives in another. Marci’s contribution to this field is the discovery that most empathy occurs at an unconscious level, evidence that our brains are hardwired for it.

 

Several years ago Marci conducted a study in which he sought to quantify empathy. Taking 20 patient/therapist pairs, he and colleagues measured the rate at which skin conducted electrical impulses in these subjects, as determined through their sweat production during sessions.

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Empathy, the language of no borders

Empathy, the language of no borders | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Understanding takes time: time to listen, to appreciate and to care. We should ask ourselves, how many times have we met someone and just listened, rather than trying to say something bright? How many times have we tried listening without judging? Empathy is the international language needed to communicate.

 

Have you ever noticed the people you are attracted to are the ones that radiate a sense of caring and listening? They don't judge, they just listen. And when they speak, they respond to what you have said and feel. It's a trait great leaders have. They listen and are able to articulate what is in the hearts and minds of people. In doing so, they convey a sense of understanding and caring — empathy. Societies are held together by a set of common values and a sense of caring for each other.

 

.By John Florez, 

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Decline in Empathy of Medical Students | Empathy in Medical Schools

Decline in Empathy of Medical Students | Empathy in Medical Schools | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
As important as a physician’s empathy is for a patient, as seen by the benefits for patients described, medical students’ ability to empathize decreases as they go through medical school as well as during residency. Possible reasons for this decline include:

1)      The implicit emphasis on detachment, self-interest, and objectivity in certain hospital teaching settings

 

 

2)      Distress – Often students come into medical school with a large capacity to empathize, but when they face the clinical reality of medicine, they may shift to having more of an objective outlook on medicine and using more technology, for instance. This reliance on technology may further limit human interaction. Students may have idealistic expectations coming into medical school but then react with detached concerns and decreased empathy as they face several disappointing situations.

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Teach Your Child Empathy

Teach Your Child Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Author Homa Tavangar offers up her advice on the subject of teaching empathy to students saying, "My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it.

 

In a sense, like a fresh box of crayons, it can come in many colors. Better than the latest gadget, it's possible to equip every student with it, and even better, when we do, it can transform our world."

 

It's actually a "muscle" I've been working on all summer. It's empathy.

 By Homa Tavangar 

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Empathy | openDemocracy

Empathy | openDemocracy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings and perspectives of others, and to use that understanding to guide one’s actions. It has been touted as a solution to economic, social and political problems, and as the source of radical change in schools and other institutions. But is empathy something revolutionary or just another passing fad? This series of articles interrogates these questions from a variety of perspectives.


Roots of empathy: an interview with Mary Gordon http://j.mp/156i5Ag
LENNON FLOWERS 5 September 2013
Empathy is central to education for democracy, and it can be “caught not taught” among children in schools.


Forget empathy – it’s time for radical connection http://j.mp/156iaDU
KRISTEN ZIMMERMAN 4 September 2013
In the struggle for social justice it’s not how much empathy we feel that makes the difference, but what we do with it in concrete situations.

 

Compassionate economics http://j.mp/156ibb3
MAX ZAHN 3 September 2013
What kind of economics could facilitate the liberation of all human beings? A new middle path can transform our relationship to individual and collective suffering.

 

Introducing empathy http://j.mp/156ieUi

MICHAEL ZAKARAS LENNON FLOWERS 2 September 2013
Is the “empathy revolution” just a passing fad or the key to peace and social justice? This is the first in a week-long series of articles on empathy and transformation.

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Teaching Empathy in the PreK-20 Classroom

Teaching Empathy in the PreK-20 Classroom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

So one night I was up late, popping almonds like popcorn and watching the latest Netflix series, contemplating this teaching challenge. How do we “teach” empathy? I decided to turn to the pros: many of the amazing teacher experts that I know across the US (State Teachers of the Year, National Board Certified Teachers, and teachers from the Center for Teaching Quality Collaboratory).


Below is a list of some of the great texts suggested by these experts for teaching and building empathy with our students, focusing on our English Language Learners. 

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, suggested by Jane Fung. Faye Cook, and Bill IveyWonder by R.J. Palacio, suggested by Jessica CuthbertsonOut of My Mind by Sharon Draper, suggested by Faye CookBlood on the River by Elisa Carbone, suggested by Cheryl Suliteanu

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 by Megan Allen  

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Maya Soetoro-Ng On The Physiological Response to Empathy

Maya Soetoro-Ng On The Physiological Response to Empathy
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Hospital Impact - Sow the seeds of empathy to improve patient experience

Hospital Impact - Sow the seeds of empathy to improve patient experience | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What do organizations do with the takers and matchers who remain after promoting givers? Leading edge researchand years (decades even) of evidence show the seeds of empathy can be cultivated. Organizations can develop the empathic capacity of takers and matchers.

 

Specifically, as Ford's thinking suggests, help improve communication, increase the frequency and quality of the human connections between caregivers and patients and foster the ability of caregivers "to see through the eyes of others."

 

Programs like Massachusetts General's Empathy and Relational Science Program, University of Rochester Medical Center's Mindful Practice Curriculum and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Patient and Family Centered Care Methodology and Practice are only a few of the excellent resources available to help improve caregiver empathy, presence and the ability to "see through the eyes of others."

 

by Doug Della Pietra

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Introducing empathy

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More than twenty years ago, scientists made a breakthrough that altered our understanding of human behavior in fundamental ways: they discovered empathy. While observing a group of monkeys, they noticed that certain brain cells were activated both when one member of the group grabbed a peanut and when he or she watched others do the same. Later found to exist in human beings, these “mirror neurons” explain why we wince when we see someone fall off a bike or stub a toe.

 

The discovery of mirror neurons has challenged our understanding of everything from language and philosophy to psychotherapy. According to neuroscientistVilayanur Ramachandran, they are the source of the first forays by human beings into complex social behavior, and thereby form “the basis of civilization.”

 

Today, empathy seems to be everywhere.

 

Michael Zakaras and  Lennon Flowers 

 

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Judith Edersheim discusses "American Violence: The Absence of Empathy?"

Part of "Empathy: The Development and Disintegration of Human Connection" 
A symposium sponsored by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior
January 17, 2013 | Bornstein Amphitheater | Brigham & Women's Hospital

 

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Judith Edersheim, JD, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard
Medical School, a senior consultant to the Law and Psychiatry Service at
Massachusetts General Hospital, and Co-Director of the Center for Law, Brain
and Behavior.

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Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, September 4, 2013 12:17 PM

Its a big topic and a short video. But it is interesting to challenge some assumptions that seem prevelant regarding violence and empathy.

 

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Empathy: Panel discussion

2013-01-17 - Empathy: The Development and Disintegration of Human Connection
Symposium by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior - Massachusetts General Hospital  http://j.mp/17vsghZ


Part of "Empathy: The Development and Disintegration of Human Connection" 

 

A symposium sponsored by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior
January 17, 2013

 

WBUR's Martha Bebinger moderates a conversation between the panelists on how empathy varies between individuals, the neural basis for this capacity, and whether we should steer people with more or less empathic capacity to careers based on this capacity.

 

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The Dalai Lama supports the Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference - Empathy and Compassion in Society

The Dalai Lama supports the Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference - Empathy and Compassion in Society | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy and compassion are the source of all happiness and success," says the Dalai Lama in a message of support to the Empathy and Compassion in Society conference. 

 

"We human beings are social animals, we depend on each other for our very survival. Of course, we have a natural inclination to pursue our own self-interest, but the key point here is to do so wisely rather than foolishly." Where do we start?

 

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Having Power Diminishes Your Empathy For Others

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New research shows that increased power in an organization diminishes capacity for empathy.

 

Several research studies have shown that increasing power in an organization (or in any kind of relationship) tends to diminish capacity for empathy, compassion, and seeing another person’s perspective. This is especially damaging to effective leadership of people subordinate to those in power. Studies have shown that increased power diminishes activity of your “mirror neurons,” which provide the sense of connection with another person’s experience, and fuels empathy. Here’s the latest study that sheds more light on what happens. It shows the need for helping leaders develop and strengthen their capacity to connect with others’ reality and experience, which helps counter the tendency towards self-absorption in one’s own perspective, when one is in a higher-power status. 

 

Douglas LaBier, Ph.D.

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Compassion the key

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Elections are not won or lost on the issue of compassion, but perhaps they should be.

 

Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer was born in 1788, the year the First Fleet with its human cargo put down anchor. When he grew up, Schopenhauer wrote that compassion was the basis of morality. Of many and varied things he also said: ''If an action has as its motive an egoistic aim, it cannot have any moral worth.''

Have we, as a nation, grown up? Have our motives and therefore actions in relation to the treatment of asylum seekers been without ego? We are, of course, not one but many; however, the question goes to that intangible, elusive essence: the national psyche.
 

Warwick McFadyen

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Shannon Pulver's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:35 PM

This article explains that Australia's multiculturalism wasnt always as wide as it is now. Societies actions from the First Fleet resulted in the original founders of Australia driven away from their own country, because of the ethics of society.

Taine Barker's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:56 PM

This is some really goosd information, I would suggest to read over a few times, it explains alot.

gemima pearson's curator insight, November 10, 2013 6:00 PM

The philospher Arthur Schopenhauer was born in 1788 the year the firts fleet arrived in australia. He wrote about elections and country lines

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David Rose: The Empathy Problem

NYU Stern | The Evolution Institute Darwin's Business: New Evolutionary Thinking About Cooperation, Groups, Firms, and Societies "The Empathy Problem" David ...
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