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EmpathizeNow.com: What we do

EmpathizeNow.com: What we do | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathize Now! facilitates the designing of programmes, activities, workshops, festivals and exhibitions for classrooms, boardrooms and public spaces to promote the positive impact empathy can have in creating humane societies.


What we do

  • Organise small and large events – from talks, debates and conferences to film shows and exhibitions with empathy as the underlying theme
  • Curate festivals targeting particular sectors such as education, health, design & technology, the arts, etc
  • Partner with education specialists to incorporate empathy in the curriculum
  • Work with theatre groups to design empathy-related workshops for various groups
  • Facilitate competitions in art, creative writing, film, photography and theatre on the theme
  • Organise activities such as exchanges with those less fortunate

  • https://www.facebook.com/empathizenow?fref=ts
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The Empathy Way Books - Virtually A Teacher

The Empathy Way Books - Virtually A Teacher | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Empathy Way is a collection of books of beautiful stories to help children understand empathy featuring beautiful pictures of bonobo apes.
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The Power Behind Empathy and Compassion

The Power Behind Empathy and Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why is empathy and compassion so important when building a social purpose culture? In this episode of the Move Minds Podcast learn how vital empathy and compassion are when creating social and cultural change.


What is Empathy and Compassion?


Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Compassion is the genuine concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.


Facts We Discussed

  1. Helping others brings the same pleasure we get from the gratification of personal desires.
  2. It’s important to deeply understand other people’s issues.
  3. We can teach compassion and empathy by leading by example.
  4. Empathy fuels connection with others.
  5. Vulnerability is a strength not a weakness.
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Here's The Scientific Reason Why You Get Lost In a Book

The result was the  ”fiction feeling hypothesis,” which the research team describes as:

According to the fiction feeling hypothesis, narratives with emotional contents invite readers more to be empathic with the protagonists and thus engage the affective empathy network of the brain, the anterior insula and mid-cingulate cortex, than do stories with neutral contents.

For us non-scientists, it essentially means emotionally charged book passages → empathy with the book characters → brain engagement → getting lost in a book.


by  CAITLIN WHITE 





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Want Better Relationships? Learn to Be More Empathic

Want Better Relationships?  Learn to Be More Empathic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Relationships often suffer because people get so caught up in their own experience that they simply can’t relate to what someone else is going through.


They assert their opinions and hand out advice – all the while not truly appreciating the other person’s struggles. If you do this too often, it can really strain your relationships. However, you can solve this problem by working directly on improving your ability to have empathy for others.


According to researchers Norma Feshbach and Shari Kukenbecker, there are three essential parts to empathy. As you read about each one, keep in mind that all three are needed to be truly empathic:


  1. Ability to take another person’s perspective:...
  2. Ability to label how others are feeling...
  3. Connect emotionally with the other person. ...

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Right-winger’s “no compassion” crusade: Conservative writer William Voegeli unloads

Right-winger’s “no compassion” crusade: Conservative writer William Voegeli unloads | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, to find that the concept of empathy has lost considerable favor among conservatives since 2012 (although, to be fair, it was never their top priority).


But while we’ve seen rants in Breitbart or the New York Post about the folly of empathy, we hadn’t seen the argument put forward much by a more learned member of the conservative movement. And this is where “The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion,” a new book from the conservative author and Claremont Review of Books editor William Voegeli, comes in.

In order to hear why “no compassion” should be treated as a political mantra (and not just a great Talking Heads song), Salon recently spoke with Voegeli over the phone. Our conversation is below and has been edited for clarity and length.


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Why liberal compassion is an inane basis for political action

Why liberal compassion is an inane basis for political action | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Kyle Smith


There is always inequity in life,” an American president declared. ”Life is unfair.”


The president was John F. Kennedy, speaking in 1962.
Today it’s hard to picture even a losing Republican nominee for president speaking so brusquely about the cosmic injustice of it all.
Where life deals a low blow, shouldn’t government step in to call a penalty?


Today, compassion fuels the American political bus. No one can expect to lead the country without proving that he or she feels our pain.

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Sunday Nov 9, Occupy Empathy Report.

Sunday Nov 9, Occupy Empathy Report. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

https://www.facebook.com/EmpathyCenter/posts/871093369601993


I was planning on setting up the tent today at the Berkeley BART Plaza, but then found out last minute that there was a marathon starting around the corner next to the Post Office where we had set up before.. There were around 6,000 people there, so I set up the tent on the Post Office steps next to our friends First they came for the homeless from the post office protest.. The tent was high up on the steps so everyone could see it.


I handed out flyers to people that walked by and engaged them in a dialog about how to create more empathy in the world. As usual, had some very enjoyable dialogs. Also did some empathic listening with people. One guy and his son were from Stockton, he felt the empathy movement (and movements in general) needed martyrs. Any volunteers? One was an Asian mother and daughter who were very concerned about empathy for animals.I invited her to set up a table at the tent supporting 'Empathy for Animals'.


One young guy who was working for the race for 3 days felt people are too isolated in their own homes and need to live in intentional community and that would create more empathy. Another was an African American 70 year old woman who had concern and care about the situation in the black community and the historical effects of slavery. Lots of encounter like that.


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I do find I need more support for the next steps with hosting the tent.. This was a good prototype to see how it worked setting up the tent. I'm looking for how to start building that support. Any ideas?
I'm thinking of regular Sunday meetings at the Paris Baguette cafe next to the Bart station..


Edwin

Join Occupy Empathy and invite your friends.
See the schedule of events.
http://facebook.com/events/550101135080912/

Join Occupy Empathy Design Team: Berkeley design, planning & action here
http://facebook.com/events/735961719786164/

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5 Ways to Be More Empathetic

5 Ways to Be More Empathetic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Roman Krznaric’s new book is Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It. He is a faculty member of The School of Life in London and founder of the world’s first digital Empathy Library.

From everyday interactions to global conflicts, we've hit rock-bottom in compassion. Here's how you can be more understanding

You can lose your hair, lose your temper or even lose your mind. But can you lose your empathy? Absolutely, according to recent research, and it’s happening now in America.


Empathy—the ability to step imaginatively into the shoes of another person and understand their feelings and perspectives—seems to be in freefall.

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The one thing that could save the world: Why we need empathy now more than ever

The one thing that could save the world: Why we need empathy now more than ever | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is trending. President Obama wants to tackle America’s “empathy deficit,” medical students routinely receive empathy training, and everyone from business gurus to the Dalai Lama have become its champions.


The latest neuroscience research shows that 98 percent of us have the capacity to empathize wired into our brains and, like riding a bike, it’s a skill we can learn and develop. No wonder Google searches for the E word have more than doubled  in the past decade. The art of imaginatively stepping into another person’s shoes and seeing the world from their perspective is, it would seem, a most valuable and valued twenty-first century asset.


Not so, says Yale psychologist Paul Bloom, leading the counter-charge against empathy’s popularity surge.

 

 It is, he claims, a poor moral guide, lacking the power to inspire us to act on, say, child poverty or humanitarian disasters. “Our public decisions will be fairer and more moral once we put empathy aside,” says Bloom, insisting we should instead, “draw on a reasoned, even counter-empathetic, analysis of moral obligation.”


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Paul Bloom, who has done excellent work in the past, seems to miss the point here. It may be a matter of semantics. Of course, people need empathy in conjunction with reflection and metacognition to effectively address problems—but empathy is still essential in order to create a humane and mature society.


Empathic Imagination

The dorsal-lateral prefrontal cortex  (DLPFC), is involved in cognitive moral reasoning, but a person is unable to properly evaluate the needs of others (let alone society as a whole) without the activation of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC), the insula and the temporoparietal junction (TPJ). These are some of the areas related to empathic imagination. When we try to use reason or moral codes alone, without direct empathy, we tend to accept utilitarian/consequentialist solutions that ignore collateral damage and the protection of the minority or outliers for the "good of the many." 


In order not to become corrupt or to unconsciously abuse power, leaders need compassion, kindness, conscience and concern for their constituents and even those outside their group. They also need mental flexibility, self-honesty and open-mindedness. in order to thoughtfully apply new learning to policies and have the capacity to discard outdated assumptions. But, most important, leaders should personally care about the effects of their decisions on the well-being of others. 


Thus, empathy is part of a developmental package of healthy social-emotional-cognitive skills that leaders and citizens will need if we are to survive and thrive in the future. These capacities are developed (wired into the brain) over the life-span in response to proper nurturing, interactions, stimulation and experiences starting from the earliest years and healthy, loving parenting and becoming more subtle and complex as we psychologically evolve.



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A Less Discussed Take on Cyberbullying: Building the Culture of Empathy

A Less Discussed Take on Cyberbullying: Building the Culture of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

October was the national bullying prevention month in the United States and the media paid significant attention to the issue, with even Monica Lewinsky joining the anti-bullying campaign in an effort to end the culture of humiliation. Some anti-bullying campaigners criticized her involvement saying it would set back their cause because of Lewinsky's tainted background. ...


Efforts at creating the culture of empathy, on the other hand, receive far less public attention.


One such effort is The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence's partnership with Facebook aimed at helping the company to foster empathy among its users.


"The way our brains work, we have evolved to understand each other by tone of voice or seeing facial expressions, but that gets lost through the devices we use to communicate," a Facebook employee working on Facebook Protect and Care Team, told the New York Times.


Tijana Milosevic 

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Can Empathy Be Learned? Caring Skills for Adults and Children

Can Empathy Be Learned? Caring Skills for Adults and Children | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: What is Empathy?
2. Exercise One: Building Your Emotion Vocabulary 
3. Exercise Two: Distinguishing Emotionsand Thoughts 
4. Exercise Three: Making Sentences for Empathy 
5. Exercise Four: Role Reversal 
6. Exercise Five: Doubling 
7. Exercise Six: Listening with Empathy
8. Exercise Seven: Becoming Another Character 
9. Exercise Eight: Understanding the Story 2
10. Exercise Nine: Imagine Emotions of a Historical  Character  
11. Exercise Ten: Having Empathy for Anger

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Join Occupy Empathy Design Team: Berkeley design, planning & action

Join Occupy Empathy Design Team: Berkeley design, planning & action | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

http://facebook.com/events/735961719786164/

We're forming a design team for designing the Occupy Empathy movement. We can meet online via Google hangouts and in Berkeley, California. You can join from anywhere in the world to support this movement. We are looking for empathic, caring, responsible and committed people for the core design team. 

To Join the Design Team
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1. Join this event http://facebook.com/events/735961719786164/ 
2. Fill out this time availability page http://j.mp/1zBLr99
3. Share your interest below in the posting area.

More about Occupy Empathy 
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Home http://cultureofempathy.com/occupyempathy/

We’re All In It Together 100% – No More ‘Us Versus Them’
Join us in building a true revolution of values beginning in downtown Berkeley. Come by for; a visit, free empathic listening, empathy circles, conflict mediation, mediation training and empathic design (human-centered design) project team building.

Offer your skills and connection building expertise. Invite your friends for an opportunity to listen, connect, hear and be heard, see and be seen, share 
and much, much more.

Warmly,
Edwin

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Three Myths About the Brain

Three Myths About the Brain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
IN the early 19th century, a French neurophysiologist named Pierre Flourens conducted a series of innovative experiments. He successively removed larger and larger portions of brain tissue from a range of animals, including pigeons, chickens and frogs, and observed how their behavior was affected.

His findings were clear and reasonably consistent. “One can remove,” he wrote in 1824, “from the front, or the back, or the top or the side, a certain portion of the cerebral lobes, without destroying their function.” For mental faculties to work properly, it seemed, just a “small part of the lobe” sufficed.
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Compassionate Schools Play Compassion Games!

Compassionate Schools Play Compassion Games! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The past year of 2014 was a breakthrough year at Compassion Games International. Besides the extraordinary growth from 19 to 159 Teams in just one year, the development of the Leagues burst the gates right off any barriers of limitations that we could have dreamt of. And leading the way? None less than the new Education and Schools League.


Two exceptional educators stepped up to coordinate this league: Rahbin Shyne and Lia Mandelbaum. They each bring with them a vast array of skills and inspiring ideas to help schools bring the Compassion Games into their classrooms.

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Sustaining Changemaking Education: To better cultivate empathy in students, adults must first do it within themselves.

Sustaining Changemaking Education: To better cultivate empathy in students, adults must first do it within themselves. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
So how do schools sustain changemaking education?

Changemaker skills, including empathy teamwork, and leadership, must breathe through the entire organization. 


The skills we want to build in students are the skills adults must cultivate within themselves.  We can use the Toolkit for Promoting Empathy in Schools as a guide for our own development.  Step 1 from the Toolkit includes creating a safe space, developing emotional competency and leading by example.  Let’s look at how we can use these tools in terms of adult relationships at school. 


By Carrie Lee Ferguson

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Model it, model it, model it!

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Empathy and Design: What You Should Consider | Design Shack

Empathy and Design: What You Should Consider | Design Shack | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Do you need to think about empathy when you design? (The answer is yes.) It may seem like a pretty common sense answer, but too often we get caught up in the design and message and not the user.

Who are you creating the design for? How will they connect with it? That’s where empathy comes in.


Thinking about it from the start of the process can help you put together an even more successful project. (As you read through this post, look at the examples and think about the emotions these sites make you feel.)

by Carrie Cousins
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Liberal Compassion on Trial: Review: William Voegeli’s ‘The Pity Party’

Liberal Compassion on Trial: Review: William Voegeli’s ‘The Pity Party’ | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion, William Voegeli takes a careful look at the principles of care and kindness that are at the heart of modern liberalism’s self-conception. In a straightforward style, he picks apart the relationship between liberals and empathy.


Voegeli explains the dangers of liberals’ insistence on being on the “right side of history.” He gives examples of failed policies born out of the liberal need to feel like they are doing something for those with whom they empathize. One of the most persuasive examples Voegeli presents is the $180 billion Head Start program, the federally funded pre-school program designed to prepare children from impoverished families for elementary school.

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Compassion Can Drive Aggression

Compassion Can Drive Aggression | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Caring for others or feeling empathy is a trait believed to be unique to the human condition. New research suggests that while empathy can inspire gentle emotions and encourage nurturing behaviors, the feeling is also linked to unprovoked aggression.

University of Buffalo researchers discovered that under certain circumstances, feelings of warmth, tenderness, and sympathy can in fact predict aggressive behaviors.


By RICK NAUERT 

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Compassion for one person may lead to aggression toward another

Compassion for one person may lead to aggression toward another | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Researchers find that a feeling of compassion for one person may lead to aggression toward another - a process that may be explained by the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin.


If someone we care about is in harm's way, most of us would do anything to protect that person, even if it means hurting an outside party. Now, a new study by researchers from the University at Buffalo, NY, sheds light on why warm feelings for one person can lead to anger toward another.


That compassion can lead to anger certainly seems illogical.


But study authors Michael J. Poulin and Annette E. K. Buffone - both of the Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo - believe it is down to the actions of two hormones: oxytocin and vasopressin.

The team explains how they reached these findings in their two-part study, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


by Honor Whiteman

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Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here's an Alternative.

Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here's an Alternative. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Progressive and conservatives have very different understandings of democracy.


For progressives, empathy is at the center of the very idea of democracy.


Democracy is a governing system in which citizens care about their fellow citizens and work through their government to provide public resources for all. In short, in a democracy, the private depends on the public.


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Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme

Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Want to learn to change the world with empathy? Get ready to learn from the masters.


Ever heard of “empathy marketing”? It’s the latest business buzzword. The idea is that if companies can look through their clients’ eyes and understand their desires, they will be better able to tailor their offerings and gain a competitive advantage. To me, this is stepping into someone else’s shoes just to sell them another pair.


I believe that the best use of empathy is not in the commercial world but in the social one, where it allows us to challenge prejudices and create political change.


by Roman Krznaric

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Empathic Communication: The Missing Link (English Edition) eBook: Lisbeth Holter Brudal: Amazon.de: Kindle-Shop

This is book about empathy and communication. Empathy - the ability to recognize other people's feelings and intentions - is an innate ability.


To communicate - to participate in dialogue, seek contact, and engage in interaction with others - is an innate need. There is strong evidence that the ability to empathize is partially linked to a specific type of nerve cells in the brain. These cells are called "mirror neurons".


Neurobiological research shows that the mirror neuron system makes it possible for us to replicate and recognize other people's feelings and intentions. The cells also affect our capacity for self-reflection. The innate potential for empathy in a human being can be developed early in a human being through the caregiver's ability to communicate, build a relationship, and meet the child's inner need for contact.


The book describes a special communication tool, empathic communication, built on the understanding of communication which is described above.

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'Can We Retain Empathy in the Face of Fear?’

'Can We Retain Empathy in the Face of Fear?’ | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This Saturday November 8th 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Can We Retain Empathy in the Face of Fear?’


America is known for its defense of freedom and civil liberties, yet at times it seems that fear-based hysteria can build, reducing empathy and compassion, and eroding defense of civil liberties. Responses to HIV/AIDS, terrorism and threatened health epidemics spring to mind, the recent Ebola scare in particular.

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Hearing a baby cry makes pets uncomfortable

Hearing a baby cry makes pets uncomfortable | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Hearing a baby cry makes people uncomfortable and new research has revealed it also stresses out man's best friend.

A recent University of Otago study has shown dogs, like humans, experience an increase in the stress hormone cortisol when they hear a human baby cry.

Psychology professor Ted Ruffman said the study, by former student Min Hooi Yong (who now lives in England), showed dogs were wired in a similar way to people in their reaction to hearing a baby cry.

The study will be published in the journal Behavioural Processes.

''It looks very much like empathy,'' Prof Ruffman said.


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