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Creating a Culture of Innovation: Communication Strategies for Innovators

Creating a Culture of Innovation: Communication Strategies for Innovators from IdeaScale PLUS 3 months ago NOT YET RATED

On August 27th, 2014 IdeaScale hosted guest speaker Joe Brummer from Community Mediation, Inc. for a workshop addressing one of innovation’s most common challenges: creating a culture that is conducive to innovation and innovative ideas.


Brummer introduces communication tactics that have been successfully applied in other IdeaScale innovation programs.

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When White People See Themselves With Black Skin, Something Interesting Happens

When White People See Themselves With Black Skin, Something Interesting Happens | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The antidote to racism partly lies in empathy, or the willingness to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes," as the saying goes.


But scientists from universities across Europe are taking the maxim one step further, providing people an opportunity to experience life in someone else's skin by experimenting with virtual reality as a means of helping people shed racial stereotypes.


Researchers from London and Barcelona teamed up to discuss their recent experiments on virtual reality and race in an opinion piece for the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, published Dec. 15. The researchers found that if people got the chance to physically experience their own body with different skin colors (or ages and sexes), their unconscious biases against other racial groups could be diminished.


 By Anna Almendrala & Macrina Cooper-White

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Six Paths to Greater Empathy

Six Paths to Greater Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Big Empathy is about expanding our empathy to embrace the suffering and well-being of more of life, more deeply, more competently, and more seamlessly than we normally do.


Below are six potentially complementary paths – not methods, but general approaches – to developing greater empathy. Of course, in order to enhance empathy, they must be undertaken with a desire to truly connect with the Other....


1. LISTENING – I’m speaking here of deep listening, empathic listening, reflective listening – listening intended to deeply understand the Other so that they feel truly understood....


2. SELF AWARENESS – We are all universal beings....


3. NARRATIVE ARTS – Stories can help us experience the inner and outer life of the Other. ...


4. IMMERSION – It is one thing to listen to, read or think about someone else’s life experience. It is quite another to actually live our life like theirs for a while. This is immersive empathy....

 

5. SCIENCES – Understanding causal and functional dynamics can deepen our capacity to enter into experiences and realities otherwise alien to us. ...


6. RESPONSIVE CARING – In caring, our empathic sensibilities merge with our will. 


by Tom Atlee


Culture of Empathy Builder Page:  Tom Atlee

http://j.mp/1xrkkx4

 


image http://j.mp/1wfvx28
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 16, 2014 9:40 PM

There are mindfulness qualities embedded here. What can we learn when we listen?

 

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On Newtown Anniversary, A Call to Use Video Games to Encourage Empathy

On Newtown Anniversary, A Call to Use Video Games to Encourage Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Dr. Jeremy Richman and Jessica Berlinski


We believe technology can and should be leveraged to build social and emotional skills in youth and games provide powerful opportunities to build these skills, both for our childrens’ success and their safety.


We also believe game companies should be making more of these games, particularly when first person shooter games currently represent 20% of the 6.1 billion dollar video game industry.Yet they are not.


It is time that we, as consumers, incite the industry to make more of these games as a means to prevent violence and increase empathy.

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Richard Dawkins - Expand the Circle of Empathy

Transcript:One thing we must strenuously avoid is demonising another set of humans, or treating them as unequal. Quite apart from anything else, this leads to a collapse of empathy. What we need to do is expand the circle of those to whom we feel empathy. Break down the barriers that divide us, the tribalisms of religion, class, race and ideology.


RICHARD DAWKINS: Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life. [HD] 720p. Episode 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VV3v...
More about the topic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjmQ7jjfg20 



RICHARD DAWKINS: Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life. [HD] 720p. Episode 1 - Full video - this section talks about empathy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VV3vjNSG10&t=35m37s

to end of clip

  • Empathy and his dog - project ourselves into the life of the dog
  • I'm empathizing with my dog
  • Humans are good at empathy and it's moral effect
  • 37:40 empathy is important for morality. golden rule..
  •  we are hardwired for empathy
  • brain science - Oxytocn
  • kindness is in our physiology
  • why does it go wrong.

suppression of empathy - Protection - danger - otherization 

  • suppresses empathy
  • must avoid demonizing the other..it causes a collapse of empathy
  • we must expand the circle of empathy.
  • break down the barriers that divide up, tribalism, religion, race, class, and ideology
  • things getting better: example of slavery, etc

Steven Pinker 

  • violence is down because of humanism

Can develop a new  morality







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Comments will come back to haunt Clinton: You don't empathize with your enemies, you destroy them.

Comments will come back to haunt Clinton: You don't empathize with your enemies, you destroy them. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Hillary Clinton has a problem. But this time the problem is not her husband, it's her mouth. The would-be presidential candidate told a Georgetown University audience this past week that America should show respect for our enemies and "empathize with their perspective and point of view."

You would have thought the former Secretary of State had heard of ISIS or Boco Haram or the Islamic terrorists beheading children and any "infidel" who fails to follow their teachings.

If your enemies' stated position is the total destruction of the American way of life, who in their right mind would have you empathize with their position?

Hillary is no Bill and I doubt seriously she actually believes that malarky. But in her run-up for a presidential bid, she is clearly playing to the diehard doves in her party who believe you can sit down with your enemy and work things out. ....

You don't empathize with your enemies, you destroy them.


by Michael Jensen

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Why empathy matters for your marketing strategy

Why empathy matters for your marketing strategy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The most successful marketers address problems from a customer or user standpoint through design thinking. 


...Here are three ways business leaders can promote empathy within their companies:


1. Train your team to conduct empathy interviews

Actively listening to customer and non-customer qualms with your product or industry is crucial to uncovering a viable solution. But before sending your team out into the streets, you need to equip them with the tools to extract the most valuable information possible from each interview. Online training opportunities can lay the foundation for strong empathetic interviewing skills and help your staff become better interviewers....


2. Emphasise learning by doing

3. Encourage them to look beyond the surface


By George Hines

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5 Ways To Increase Your Own Empathy

5 Ways To Increase Your Own Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

THE MOST IMPORTANT EMOTIONAL SKILL IN RELATIONSHIP-BUILDING IS ALSO ONE THAT MOST OF US NEED TO WORK ON.


While psychologists believe that infancy is a critical time for us to learn empathy, we also know that we can increase it throughout our lifetime. There is perhaps no other attribute that is more vital to develop relationships with others than empathy.

Here are five ways we can increase empathy:

1. BECOME AN ACTIVE LISTENER..

Empathy requires that we cultivate the trait of active listening. Most people are thinking how they are going to respond while the other person is still speaking. Active listening means being totally focused on what the other person is saying.


2. CHALLENGE PREJUDICES AND STEREOTYPES..


3. DEVELOP A CURIOSITY ABOUT OTHERS...


4. SPEND SOME TIME IN ANOTHER’S SHOES..


5. SHARE YOURSELF WITH OTHERS..

HARVEY DEUTSCHENDORF
Harvey Deutschendorf is an emotional intelligence expert, speaker, and internationally published author of THE OTHER KIND OF SMART, Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Persona…


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Facebook creates 'empathy team' to relate to users

Facebook creates 'empathy team' to relate to users | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The social network's new group seeks to understand what it's like to be an individual or business manager using the platform, but will you actually benefit from this new directive? 


Facebook now has an “empathy team” that apparently swoops in like a social media Santa Claus and helps small businesses and enterprises alike with their advertising hopes and dreams.


According to Business Insider, the empathy team “is charged with helping its engineers and designers understand what it's actually like to be a user, or a business paying for advertising.”


Martha Gould Stewart, Facebook’s director of product design, spilled the beans on the group at The Atlantic’s Navigate conference.

This is all part of Facebook’s effort to become a bit more human-friendly. For example, Facebook users are no longer called “users” internally. Rather, they’re referred to as “people.


By Kevin Allen 


Video Martha Gould Stewart,
empathy discussion starts at 8:15 to 10:30

http://theatlantic.com/live/events/navigate/2014/

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Roman Krznaric: Empathy Why It Matters & How to Get It Talks At Google

98% of people have the ability to empathize. But few of us use our full empathic potential.

Roman's new book is Empathy: Why it Matters & How to Get It - describes the six habits of highly empathic people, showing how empathy can be used to improve our relationships, boost our creativity and tackle social problems from everyday prejudice to violent conflicts.

Drawing on over 10 years of research, you will learn about human libraries, how babies can teach empathy, how our empathic brains work and discover the world’s first Empathy Museum.

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Empathy

This is a short social awareness video on Empathy.

Produced through The Strutt Program Summer 2014 Camp.


"I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization" - Roger Ebert 


Directed by: Christina Abbott & Camellia Shaw, Starring : The Strutt Program girls, Filmed and edited by

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Michael Dunn's curator insight, December 12, 2014 2:12 AM

Emotion, ethics, human sciences: "I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization." Do you agree?

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Do as I say, not as I do? three guiding principles for school wanting to become more empathy-oriented

Do as I say, not as I do?  three guiding principles for school wanting to become more empathy-oriented | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Mariah Dickinson

A recent Harvard study finds that there is a disconnect between what adults tell children is important (empathy and helping others) and the implicit messages adults send about what they actually value (achievement and happiness).


It would follow, then, that in order for kids to internalize that helping others is truly important, adults need to align what they say with actions that back it up....


 Below are three guiding principles in action at Park Forest that any school wanting to become more empathy-oriented can adopt.


  1. Provide meaningful learning for ALL in the school community. 
  2. Practice democratic values
  3. Listen, and then hand over the reins. 



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'Empathy Museum' challenges visitors to start a revolution - Columbia Missourian

'Empathy Museum' challenges visitors to start a revolution - Columbia Missourian | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Douglass High School and MU students and teachers collaborated to create the 'Empathy Museum,' an interactive experience to help people better understand what empathy is and how it can be taught.


MU freshman Ryan Layton stood in front of a board titled "What is holding us back from being empathetic?" and challenged people to answer questions about where in the world people are suffering from homelessness, poverty and hunger.


Imagine if everybody in the workplace or community displayed empathy," she said. "The world would be different."


Video: http://www.komu.com/player/?video_id=26830&zone=5&categories=5


by Elizabeth Brixey

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, December 11, 2014 12:35 PM

"Imagine if everybody in the workplace or community displayed empathy . . ."

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10 fundamental design rules for nonprofits - 3. Empathy first: Design for people and let them lead

10 fundamental design rules for nonprofits - 3. Empathy first: Design for people and let them lead | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

3. Empathy first: Design for people and let them lead.

Brian Vanaski, creative director at CauseLabs, says that when designing for social good, the actual design comes later. Set it aside when you're first getting started.

Start with empathy — immerse yourself to gain deep understanding for the people you're ultimately designing for," Vanaski tells Mashable. It's all about getting your hands dirty. Get into the field, connect with the ones you serve so that when it comes time to design for them, you understand their motivations, desires and needs."


When you can address all of these areas, he explains, the design of your website becomes the backdrop to creating lasting impact.

Justin Ahrens, founder and principal of Rule29, agrees: "Design has the power to shift people's perspective and opinion. Take it seriously and honor the people and message you are serving, the goals of the organization and the experience you want the viewer to have."

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Study - The self to other model of empathy: Providing a new framework for understanding empathy impairments in psychopathy, autism, and alexithymia.

Study - The self to other model of empathy: Providing a new framework for understanding empathy impairments in psychopathy, autism, and alexithymia. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Despite increasing empirical and theoretical work on empathy, particularly on the content of empathic representations, there is a relative lack of consensus regarding the information processing necessary for empathy to occur.


Here we attempt to delineate a mechanistic cognitive model of empathy in order to provide a framework within which neuroimaging work on empathy can be located, and which may be used in order to understand various disorders characterised by atypical levels of empathy. To this end data from individuals with psychopathy, autism, and alexithymia inform the model, and the model is used to provide a unifying framework for any empathy impairments seen in these disorders.


The model adopts a developmental framework and tries to address the four difficult questions of empathy:

  • How do we know what another is feeling? 
  • What is the role of theory of mind in empathy?
  •  How does the state of another cause a corresponding state in the self? 
  • How do we represent another's emotion once emotional contagion has taken place?


by Bird, GViding,

 image http://bit.ly/yYTzGr 


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The Definitive Case For Being A More Compassionate Boss

The Definitive Case For Being A More Compassionate Boss | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Here are some of the benefits of a compassionate workplace:

1. POSITIVE EMOTIONS BOOST PRODUCTIVITY


2. POSITIVE WORKPLACE INTERACTIONS IMPROVE EMPLOYEE HEALTH


3. POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS AT WORK RESULT IN POSITIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE


4. A COMPASSIONATE WORK CULTURE FOSTERS GREATER LOYALTY


Seppala argues the creation of a compassionate work environment begins with leaders. When leaders act in a self-sacrificing, service-oriented way, she explains, employees are more likely to be helpful and friendly to each other; creating a chain reaction of kindness.

by ISA EVANS
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Emma Seppala, associate director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, says compassionate workplaces are not only good for employees' mental and physical health, but for a company’s bottom line.

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Richard Dawkins - Discuss Altruism, Empathy

Basic morality doesn't require teaching its in our DNA its path of what makes Us human
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2004 - The Empathy Quotient. an Investigation of Adults With Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism, And Normal Sex Differences

Artículo Asperger Cociente Empatía
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Heatmaps Reveal Where Humans Feel Certain Emotions On The Body

Heatmaps Reveal Where Humans Feel Certain Emotions On The Body | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It’s well known that attitudes, emotions and feelings affect our body in a variety of ways. For example, feelings of hopelessness affect the body’s hormone system and change the chemical flows within our brains. Different emotional states act as triggers that impact our biology in a variety of ways. Brain activity changes during different emotional […]
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Michael Dunn's curator insight, December 14, 2014 1:43 AM

Emotions, natural sciences: Where do we feel different emotions?

Jakarta Web Developer's curator insight, December 14, 2014 1:11 PM

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Six Ways to Flex Your Empathy Muscle

Six Ways to Flex Your Empathy Muscle | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy will be our weapon against the darkness of hate, the strife of hostility, of diminishing hope. With it, we will reach for nothing less than full restoration of humanity for every tribe across the nations....


There is a difference between doing charity and promoting justice. One bestows sympathy while the other employs empathy. The former doles out condescending pity while the latter establishes solidarity.


Brene Brown says this: "Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection."


Here I share six ways to exercise our empathy muscle

1. Read....

2. Cultivate curiosity about strangers. ...

3. Ask questions....

4. Share vulnerably....

5. Diversify your social circle. ...

6. Activism.....


Cindy Brandt

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Mark Zuckerberg Talks about adding a Facebook ‘EMPATHY’ Button?

Mark Zuckerberg Talks about adding a Facebook ‘EMPATHY’ Button? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Video: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=846549162069527&set=vb.823440467713730&type=2&theater 


The button Facebook is likely considering is some version of an “EMPATHY” button. A modern translation for EMPATHY might be “I feel you.”


It’s hard to “Like” when someone posts that her beloved mother died, or that he just lost his job. But it would be easy to click “EMPATHY.” The “EMPATHY” button would address the problem Zuckerberg described this way:


“People share things that are sad, or are tough cultural or social things, and people tell us they are not comfortable pressing ‘like.’” You can’t really “Like” Zuckerberg’s dilemma, but surely you can empathize

"There are more sentiments that people want to express than just positivity or that they like something. ... so one of the things we've had some dialog about is internally and thought about  for quite a while is what's the right way so people can easily express a broader ranger of emotions, to empathize or to express surprise or laughter or any of these things".   Mark Zuckerberg


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From Empathy to Activism | Lancaster Theological Seminary

From Empathy to Activism | Lancaster Theological Seminary | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

his one-day event is open to youth and young adults (ages 14-26) who want to explore theology and justice issues alongside their peers. This year's event will focus on moving from Empathy to Activism.


The day begins with Registration at 8:45 a.m. in the Lark building. We will then engage in a simulation game dealing with issues of economic justice and immigration which will be led by adults who went on our Borderlinks trip, followed by a large group conversation.  Lunch will be held in our Refectory, and then we will have an afternoon session led by some of our own Leadership Now/Lancaster Theological Seminary young adults who are active in the #blacklivesmatter movement in D.C., Atlanta, and Ferguson.

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What is Empathy?

What is Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is a term that is often misunderstood. This page attempts to describe 'empathy' and suggest ways that we can become more empathetic towards others. Empathy is perhaps the most advanced of all communication skills.

Our Definition:
'Empathy is the ability to see the world as another person, to share and understand another person’s feelings, needs, concerns and/or emotional state.'
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Design Against Crime – Restorative Justice Extending Empathy Workshop

Design Against Crime  – Restorative Justice Extending Empathy Workshop | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The overarching theme is to explore what is state of the art in Restorative Justice (RJ), today and what are future ambitions for engagement with other disciplines.

The workshop will provide the opportunity to bring together academic researchers from the RJ, Theatre and Design professions who are concerned in their existing practice with building empathy. How empathy is built by each profession and the methods they use are likely to be the subject of lively discipline exchange.
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http://www.designagainstcrime.com/files/events/extending_empathy_workshop1.pdf


Global Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice
by Theo Gavriellides


European Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice
by Tim Chapman


Workshop: How Can Three Disciplines Learn from One Another to Better Measure and Communicate Cultural Value and Impact? 
 Lorraine Gamman,

Robin Bryant and

Michael Kearns as workshop facilitators



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Top 10 Bible Verses on COMPASSION

Top 10 Bible Verses on COMPASSION | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Check out top 10 Bible verses on Compassion


 Corinthians 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort

Zechariah 7:9

This is what the Lord Almighty said: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.


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