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Are Mirror Neurons A Myth - And What Are They, Anyway?

Are Mirror Neurons A Myth - And What Are They, Anyway? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
As Rizzolatti explains, “The instantaneous understanding of the emotions of others, rendered possible by the emotional mirror neuron system, is a necessary condition for the empathy which lies at the root of most of our more complex inter-individual relationships.”


What Rizzolatti is saying is that most of human relations would not be possible without mirror neurons, because we wouldn’t be able to understand our fellow humans. And understanding is a first step in most human interaction.

OK, so where’s the myth?

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Louisville mayor receives national leadership award for compassion

Louisville mayor receives national leadership award for compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Citing his progress in making Louisville a globally-regarded city for caring and compassion, a coalition of international organizations has honored Mayor Greg Fischer with a City Leadership award for compassion.

Fischer received the honor last week during “Compassion Week 2014,” an international conference in San Francisco where he delivered one of the keynote addresses. The award was presented by Empathy and Compassion in Society, the Charter for Compassion International and GoodMojo.

In presenting the honor, the groups recognized Fischer for leading Louisville to be the first major city to sign on to the International Charter for Compassion, committing the city to a multi-year Compassionate Louisville campaign. They also cited his work with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to promote compassion in other cities and for creating the annual volunteer initiative, the Give A Day week of service. During the 2014 week in April, more than 144,000 volunteers and acts of compassion were recorded.

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Pixar Storytelling Rules #3: Character Empathy

We easily empathize with characters that are like us, and even more easily with characters that we wish we were like, usually confident, sexy, successful people. Pixar got us to empathize with a mute robot, a rat, monsters and many other unusual suspects. How did they do it?

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Empathize and Prototype: A Hands On Dive into the Key Tools of Design Thinking, Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate

Empathize and Prototype: A Hands On Dive into the Key Tools of Design Thinking, Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Move beyond theory and dive into hands-on practice in the art of innovation. Tackle innovation challenges from start to finish and gain an in-depth understanding of these key tenets of design thinking and how to incorporate them into your work.


Empathize with your customer, synthesize your learnings, and rapidly prototype and test your new ideas. Master techniques for gaining empathy with customers and immediately put them to use in a series of hands on exercises that guide you from synthesis to prototyping and testing.

Learn How To:

  • Engage customers to forge deep connections and gain valuable consumer insights
  • Synthesize findings into a compelling problem statement
  • Prototype concepts in a low-cost manner
  • Rapidly test concepts with end users to gain insights about solutions and user needs and reduce your time to market
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Compassion vs. empathy: Designing for resilience

Compassion vs. empathy: Designing for resilience | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"Compassion v. Empathy: Designing for Resilience" for Interactions Magazine. (October 2014) explores how compassion is physiologically different to empathy, how it leads to altruism, and how we might design for resillience. 



Authors:
Dorian Peters, Rafael Calvo
How is it that some people can spend their days making progress on the front lines of sickness or injustice while others can barely handle watching the nightly news? Empathy is critical to our relationships, our societies, and our individual well-being, but it can also hinder these, leading to avoidance, burnout, and distress. A better understanding of just what makes this difference would radically empower design. Design for resilient empathy would benefit everyone, but most obviously it would benefit care workers at risk of burnout, nonprofits seeking to empower action, and designers of social technologies. Can we design to foster…

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Occupy Empathy Nov 16, @ Downtown Berkeley Plaza

Occupy Empathy Nov 16,  @ Downtown Berkeley Plaza | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

https://www.facebook.com/EmpathyCenter/posts/875095665868430


Some initial photos from today's Occupy Empathy with Edwin and Sperry... lots of great interactions. Very fun and energizing encounters. This was our first Occupation of the downtown Berkeley BART Station Plaza.. Looking forward to our next deployment. We handed out 100's of flyers and I must have talked to 30 or 40 people..

Such fascinating dialogs about peoples personal stories and how to create more empathy in the world.. We talked with everyone from the homeless to UC Berkeley students and PhD's , social workers, teachers, etc, etc. The amount of pain and disillusionment with the way things are going in the world is astonishing.

Come join us for the next deployment. We need you on the design team to start building the movement!

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


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Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change

Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Please join us in congratulating the Winners of the Building Vibrant Communities challenge! After receiving more than 200 entries, 86 top entries were selected as Semi-Finalists and 23 Finalists were selected. Our winners are announced below. Read more...


Ashoka Changemakers and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation launched this challenge to discover and support innovative ideas that activate empathy to nourish stronger, more vibrant communities and future changemakers.

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Understanding Empathy Part 4

Understanding Empathy Part 4 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What does it take to become empathic? Is there a part of the brain that needs to be switched on? Some way of living that is different to a non-empathic way? According to Krznaric in his book "A handbook for revolution.Empathy", the first habit of being an empathic person is in fact to switch on our empathic brain. We do this by embracing a more sophisticated understanding of human nature.

He argues that the capacity to empathise is part of our genetic inheritance, part of our evolutionary roots. He also suggests that empathy can be expanded throughout our lives. In other words, developing empathy is an ongoing process, something we keep working on throughout our lives. It's never too late to learn it.


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3 Ways to Build Empathy and Improve Communication in Your Marriage

3 Ways to Build Empathy and Improve Communication in Your Marriage | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Marriage is hard. The difficulty primarily stems from the frustrating fact that men are from Mars and women are from Venus and, according to my five-year-old who is currently learning about the solar system, “Those planets are really, really different.”

It’s not news to any couples who have made a commitment to share a life that it can be painful at times. If love is like a flame (as the artists and poets have told us), it has to be deliberately tended to like the Olympic torch, not left to burn out like a 10-cent votive from IKEA. In my seven years of marriage, I’ve discovered that this kind of attentiveness is expressed most clearly through empathy. Taking the time and energy to put myself in my husband’s place—and check out the view from Mars—is the only way to avoid near planetary collision.

BY: KATHRYN WALES
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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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Durriyyah Kemp's curator insight, November 12, 10:29 AM

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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Compassion Definition - GreaterGood.Berkeley.edu

Compassion Definition  - GreaterGood.Berkeley.edu | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” Among emotion researchers, it is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.


Compassion is not the same as empathy or altruism, though the concepts are related. While empathy refers more generally to our ability to take the perspective of and feel the emotions of another person, compassion is when those feelings and thoughts include the desire to help. Altruism, in turn, is the kind, selfless behavior often prompted by feelings of compassion, though one can feel compassion without acting on it, and altruism isn’t always motivated by compassion.

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4 Unexpected (and Science-Backed) Ways to Develop Empathy

4 Unexpected (and Science-Backed) Ways to Develop Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Read (Literary) Fiction

If you want to figure out how people think, take a Literature 101 syllabus and pick any of the assigned readings. That, in a nutshell, is the conclusion of David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, after they conducted five experiments on a group of 18- to 75-year-olds....


Meditate

Apparently, meditation isn’t just a mindfulness exercise anymore.  According to researchers from Emory University, it can also be used to inculcate compassion – and, by extension, empathy – in a person....


Join a Musical Group

You’re probably aware that music affects your mood. Apparently, it has an effect on how you interact with others too, judging from the results of a study conducted by University of Cambridge researchers....


Make Empathy a Habit

So far, we’ve discussed methods to increase empathy for a short period of time. But whether those methods have any lasting impact remains to be seen. At any rate, experts agree that anyone can be trained to be more empathetic, including psychopaths and narcissists.
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Bullying Prevention: The Power of Empathy

Bullying Prevention: The Power of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
But we seem to be missing something here. With all of the focus on how individuals can combat bullying, we have forgotten the power of context and the social norms that set the precedence for bullying behaviors to emerge in the first place.


We can't just focus on turning kids from bystanders to "upstanders" whenever bullying occurs: We also need to focus on changing social norms and school climate so that bullying doesn't occur. Rather than simply asking children to go against the tide, we need to change the tide itself.

One of the best places to start is in schools. The critical role of school climate in reducing bullying has been well supported, but recent findings pinpoint specific dimensions that may have the most impact on student interactions and experiences in school.


One powerful way of changing social norms is by building empathy -- at home and in school.



by Jennifer Kahn and Richard Weissbourd



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The Healing Power Of Kindness

The Healing Power Of Kindness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We've all heard the old adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about a smile?


An extensive scientific literature review sponsored by Dignity Health and conducted by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University reveals a growing body of scientific evidence that indicates kindness holds the power to heal.


We now know that this often overlooked, virtually cost-free remedy has a statistically significant impact on our physical health. For example, the positive effect of kindness is even greater than that of taking aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack or the influence of smoking on male mortality. And it doesn't even require a trip to the pharmacy


.By Lloyd Dean & James Doty, M.D.

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The TRUTH about natural healing will almost never be known, just so long as there is money and profit to made from other peoples misery and chronic sickness and disease. .so rather than talk about kindness I prefer to discuss the TRUTH about our healing power,the TRUTH that our god-given healing power, our very own 'adult stem cells' can , IF PERMITTED(by law) virtually replace any and all prescription drugs,regardless of diagnosed health issue . .and I should know, because mine restored my INCURABLE Macular Degeneration,back to health . .and I repeat no traditional medical therapies were involved!

Trust in the healing power bestowed upon you by Our Maker, I did and  now no longer suffer from my frequent bouts of blindness; because the leaks in the blood vessels at the back of my eyes have been repaired,by replacing old cell tissue with new!

If you want to learn what your stem cells can do for you, you can get me here stemcells@healthmiracles4all.com 

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3 Keys to Raising a Compassionate Child

3 Keys to Raising a Compassionate Child | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I remember, in vivid detail, lying on the couch, silently crying after having suffered my second miscarriage. My despair was momentarily halted when my then 18-month-old son came over, rubbed my arm and asked, "Mommy, you OK?" with an imploring look in his eyes. I was surprised by my toddler's reaction to my outpouring of emotion, and experienced an unbelievable sense of guilt because my son had seen me in such a state.

In retrospect, I'm proud that my son had mastered the concepts of empathy and healing touch at such a young age. The simple act of him reaching his hand out to rub my arm illustrated his grasp of compassion and comforting others. That would not be the last time he would see me cry, and it was the first of many times he would tell me, "It's OK, Mommy."


1. Be Present

2. Treat Others With Respect

3. Model Behaviors in Everyday Life


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The Rise of Empathic Consciousness | Power Elite

Vatic Note: In order to truly understand this below, you first have to fully understand the definition of “empathy”. Its critical to the concept and thus I decided to give you that definition both technically and practically. I am going to assume we...
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Empathy App

Empathy is fundamental human need. If people truly had empathy for one another, violence would be impossible
Direct Violence


- use of physical force (e.g. beating, sexual abuse, killing)
Structural Violence


- exists when some groups/classes/genders etc. are assumed to have, and in fact do have, more access to goods, resources, and opportunities than other groups


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Designing for Empathy in the Enterprise

Designing for Empathy in the Enterprise | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Enterprise products are complex, powerful, and sometimes frustrating. Creating a great experience on an enterprise product is complicated, and more important than ever.


Many different companies' products share the same core features, so differentiating on features doesn’t work anymore. The only real differentiator is the experience. 


In this webinar, Karen Cross, Design Manager at Atlassian, will share practical tips about designing for enterprise products and promoting empathy in your organization for a large and diverse user base. She'll discuss techniques, mistakes to avoid, and lessons learned around:

  • Letting go: best practices and pitfalls in enabling anyone to run a usability test
  • Slaying the dragon: building user empathy among new designers
  • Innovating on personas: increasing effective and frequent use
  • Dogfooding, putting developers on support, design guidelines, and more!

This webinar is for anyone who wants to make a difference in the user experience of an enterprise product.

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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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