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Empathy in Design | Tech Talk: Empathy & The Unrealized Dream: The Future of Creative Leadership

Empathy in Design | Tech Talk: Empathy & The Unrealized Dream: The Future of Creative Leadership | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Eventbrite - Tech in Motion Events presents Empathy in Design 

We constantly hear about empathy and how important it is for creative managers and thought leaders.

  • But what is empathy, exactly?
  • How do we cultivate it?
  • Why is it so important to our future as tech and creative managers?

 

Join with Greg as he defines, demystifies, and deconstructs empathy on a guided, whimsical tour of this misunderstood mindset. Greg will set aside design clichés and buzzwords in an attempt to explain why empathy is the most critical skill to the future of creative leadership and how you can use it to help grow your company. This is not design thinking. This is how to design thinking.

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Feel & Deal Activity Deck contains over 35 engaging activities to build emotional awareness, expression,

Feel & Deal Activity Deck contains over 35 engaging activities to build emotional awareness, expression, | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

The Feel & Deal Activity Deck contains over 35 engaging activities to build emotional awareness, expression, and control. Students develop these skills through activities in music, theater, science, art, language arts and problem-solving! The Feel & Deal Activity Deck is a perfect tool to foster understanding and respect in your classroom.

 

Use during classroom meetings, advisory, circle time, or counseling groups. Activities are aligned with the Language Arts Common Core Standards, grades 1-6.

The deck includes:

  • 16 boy & 16 girl feeling cards that appeal to students of different ethnicities and abilities
  • 18 teacher cards with clear and concise activity explanations
  • Feeling words in English and Spanish
  • Feeling face illustrations that accurately show how emotions are expressed on the human face
  • Illustrations that h
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(Empathic Parenting) This is your brain on empathy 

(Empathic Parenting) This is your brain on empathy  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR BRAIN FOR EMPATHY


These studies show that empathy can be thought of as skill we can practice and improve. Here are six daily (or weekly) ideas Krznic suggest for cultivating empathy....

Switch on your empathic brain. Recognise that empathy is at the core of human nature. Empathy isn’t just something you are born with. Most people can expand their capacity for empathy — both cognitive and emotional empathy — by practising mindful attention towards other people’s feelings and experiences.


Make the imaginative leap. Make a conscious effort to step into another person’s shoes. Acknowledge their humanity, their individuality and perspectives. Try this for both your friends and your ‘enemies’.


Seek experiential adventures. Explore lives and cultures that contrast with your own. “Next time you are planning a holiday, don’t ask yourself, ‘Where can I go next?’ but instead ‘Whose shoes can I stand in next?’” suggests Krznaric.


Practice the craft of conversation. ...
Travel in your armchair.  ...
Get curious about strangers..

 

 

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Empathy: The Oxygen of Civilization | Psych Central Professional

Empathy: The Oxygen of Civilization | Psych Central Professional | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

With repetition, empathy continues to grow so one can observe a three-year-old gently rocking her baby doll to sleep. By four years, children are capable of seeing a situation from another’s perspective, while the more verbal five- and six–year-olds have developed the capacity to read actions, gestures and facial expressions.

 

Brain development is first nurtured by the parent/child bond from birth in a safe, secure and stable environment with attuned, empathic parents. The brain circuitry will be laid down through repetition during the early years of childhood. Empathy flows from this attachment.

 

“The steady drip of daily life establishes pathways for lifelong learning, behaviour and health that are inextricably linked to the development of the whole child.”1

 

By Libby Simon, MSW

References
  1. Konrath, Sara H. (2011) http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-me-care
  2. Twenge, Jean M. with W.Keith Campbell, (2009) Simon and Schuster, Inc. New York.
  3. http://www.today.com/id/30312181/ns/today-today_books/t/me-me-me-americas-narcissism-epidemic/#.VJGqRfuB-C.
  4. http://www.6seconds.org/2014/03/10/state-heart-report/
  5. http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/45838.html#2.
  6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Amanda_Todd.
  7. Baron-Cohen, Simon (2012) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXcU8x_xK18
  8. Baron-Cohen, Simon (2012) The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty, Basic Books, NY, New York:
  9. Siegel, Daniel J. (2010). New York: Bantam Books: (42)
  10. Rizollatti, Giacomo in http://www.6seconds.org/2012/01/16/mirror-neurons/.
  11. http://www.normandoidge.com/?page_id=1042
  12. Siegel, Daniel J. (2010). Mindsight. New York: Bantam Books: (84)
  13. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/ages-stages-empathy
  14. http://www.ontario.ca/en/initiatives/early_learning/ONT06_018865. Pascal, C., (2009) With Our Best Future in Mind (9)

 

 

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(Teaching Empathy) How To Teach Kids Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) How To Teach Kids Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

 Although this skill can be tough when kids are very young, it is never too early to focus on empathy in the home and outside of it. Here are six ways to teach empathy to your children, whether they are toddlers, preschool aged, or school aged.

 

1. Teach them about emotions...

2. Read and watch TV together...

3. After conflicts, discuss what everyone was feeling...

4. Let them see you resolve conflicts in your own life...

5. Speak for those who can’t speak for themselves...

6. Model respect for those who seem different...

 

Samantha Rodman 

 

 

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(Teaching Empathy) The Importance of Teaching Children Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) The Importance of Teaching Children Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It seems so simple, yet it is an essential (and often overlooked) skill children need to learn in order to develop into healthy adults.

 

As parents, it’s not always in the forefront of our minds, and some may find it a bit odd to think they need to actually teach their child empathy. Doesn’t it just come naturally? 

 

1. Make your parental expectations clear. ...
2. Identify Feelings...
3. Be a Role Model...

 

Chantal D. Hayes,

References:
Dewar, Gwen, Ph.D. (2009-2014). Teaching empathy: Evidence-based tips for fostering empathy in children. http://www.parentingscience.com/teaching-empathy-tips.html#sthash.HsaVK1hh.dpuf
 
Joyce, Amy. (July 18, 2014) Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/07/18/are-you-raising-nice-kids-a-harvard-psychologist-gives-5-ways-to-raise-them-to-be-kind/
 
Lahey, Jessica. (September 4, 2014.) Teaching Children Empathy. http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/teaching-children-empathy/?_r=0
 
VanClay, Mary. (2008). The caring child: How to teach empathy. http://www.babycenter.com/0_the-caring-child-how-to-teach-empathy_67146.bc
 
Weissbourd, Richard, and Jones, Stephanie. How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children. Harvard Graduate School of Education. http://sites.gse.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/making-caring-common/files/empathy.pdf

 

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Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens

Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Teachers are uniquely positioned to teach empathy, which will help children not only discover personal success, but also contribute to the betterment of society.

 

When young people develop empathy, they not only thrive in school and life, but they also impact their communities in positive, often extraordinary ways.

Individual and societal success depends on raising and educating children who care about others. But we have misled today's children to believe that success is achieved through test scores, material wealth, and personal gain. In turn, there has been a measurable shift toward self-centeredness at a time when society depends more, not less, on people who give of themselves.

6 Empathy-Building Habits of Great Teachers
  • 1. Create meaningful relationships with students.
  • 2. Nurture children's self-efficacy through mentoring.
  • 3. Teach values associated with good citizenship.
  • 4. Inspire students to become their best selves.
  • 5. Expose students to different opinions and worldviews.
  • 6. Link curriculum to real-world service activities.

 

Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

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Animals with disabilities teach children about empathy, compassion

Animals with disabilities teach children about empathy, compassion | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue brought its non-equine rescues to Highland Acres to teach about the superpowers of empathy and compassion.

"By having the animals in, it's easier for them to make that connection between what is a bully, what is bullying and, with the animals here, how can it hurt them?" said Shannon Chaussee, Highland Acres teacher.

It wasn't just four-legged friends that did the teaching. Bullying survivor Kelsey Schulz described how her experiences with bullying affected her life.

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The Empathy Symbol: What the World Needs Now Is Empathy, True Empathy

The Empathy Symbol: What the World Needs Now Is Empathy, True Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The Empathy Symbol stands for reaching out to the “other” and then opening up to truly understand each other. Use the empathy symbol to indicate your support for a world in which we all can get along.

 

There are lots of ways to increase one’s empathy and understanding of people outside one’s own groups.

  • Travel to other countries
  • Read novels and nonfiction
  • Watch movies and TV shows about other cultures
  • Explore other points of view on the Internet
  • Listen to other kinds of music
  • Say "hello" and "how are you" to the clerk behind the checkout counter wearing the hajab
  • Ask the lady in the wheelchair sitting next to you at the school board meeting what she thinks of the issues on the agenda
  • Start a conversation with the cab driver who has a foreign accent
  • Try going to a different religious service—respectfully, of course
  • Send your kids to diverse schools. Invite their friends over to your house.
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Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook: A Practical Guide for Individual, Group, or Classroom Study:  

Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook: A Practical Guide for Individual, Group, or Classroom Study [Lucy Leu] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
Learning Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has often been equated with learning a whole new language. The NVC Companion Workbook helps you put these powerful
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(Teaching Emapthy) The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child

(Teaching Emapthy) The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child
Empathy is the ability to feel with another human being. And we're getting worse at it. Parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba, Ed.D., explains how you can help your child learn to be more empathetic.

 

Fortunately, empathy can be taught and cultivated. But we have to put our phones down to do it. "Empathy starts with face-to-face interaction," Dr. Borba said. Here, her top tips for helping your kid care more: 

 

Read (and talk) more...

Teach kindness....

Emphasize eye contact....

Share good news...

Establish your family values....

Do as you say...

 

By Liz Loerke

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Empathy via Drama 

G3 using drama to try and understand / empathise a little more about the thoughts and feelings of the person who buried a box below our school. What was their motivation?
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Empathy & Vulnerability: Cultivating Compassionate Witnessing and Authentic Self Expression 

Empathy & Vulnerability: Cultivating Compassionate Witnessing and Authentic Self Expression  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy, the ability to relate to another person’s feelings as if they were your own (without losing the “as if” quality), is connected with having a better life in a myriad of ways.

 

Empathy gives students better grades, patients better health, and people happier lives and more intimate relationships. Vulnerability, as championed by social scientist and author Brene Brown, is essential to the experience of intimacy and connection in human relationships.

 

 

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Empathy & Vulnerability: Cultivating Compassionate Witnessing and Authentic Self-Expression – Workshops

Empathy & Vulnerability: Cultivating Compassionate Witnessing and Authentic Self-Expression – Workshops | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy, the ability to relate to another person’s feelings as if they were your own (without losing the “as if” quality), is connected with having a better life in a myriad of ways.

Empathy gives students better grades, patients better health, and people happier lives and more intimate relationships. Vulnerability, as championed by social scientist and author Brene Brown, is essential to the experience of intimacy and connection in human relationships.


This workshop is simple at its heart – each person has an opening to experience as much vulnerability as they choose to experience, and to receive as much empathy as they’re ready to receive. It opens up an opportunity to experience the risk and reward of being witnessed in our experience and provides a chance to question the story that we create about ourselves in difficult moments.

 

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Somatic Based Empathy for Self-Healing and Growth (Hamburg, Germany) 

Somatic Based Empathy for Self-Healing and Growth (Hamburg, Germany)  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Would you like to listen more closely to your body, work more easily through blocks and triggers, and gain deeper self-connection, wisdom and insight?  

 

Somatic-Based Empathy, a practice developed by Dian Killian, PhD, blends coaching and NVC-based, deep self-empathy practices to listen closely to what our bodies are communicating to us via physical sensations. In addition to providing invaluable information and deeper, grounded wisdom, Somatic-Based Empathy can also result in relief from physical pain and discomfort and lead to new opening, release and renewed energy.

 

Our bodies often are holding crucial information for us over years. Somatic-Based Empathy helps us communicate with our bodies in new ways, so we can deeply hear, listen and heal from our felt-sense. This practicum will include orientation (useful information for context and practice), experiential exercises to develop greater mind-body and sensory awareness, and demos and practice in Somatic-Based Empathy.

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(Empathic Parenting)  3 Ways to Encourage Empathy in Kids

(Empathic Parenting)  3 Ways to Encourage Empathy in Kids | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Dr. Borba, an old friend of Parents who’s worked with schools around the world, has many specific suggestions for how we can help our children be kind and inclusive. “Before children can ‘step into someone’s shoes,’ they must first develop the ability to read nonverbal cues in facial expressions, gestures, posture, and voice tone,” she says.

 

Here are three ways to help.

 

Spend time with a baby. Observing an infant is a powerful way for your child to tune in to emotions.

 

Build a feeling vocabulary. The more of these words your child knows, the more savvy she’ll be about how other people are feeling: agreeable, apprehensive,...

 

Communicate face-to-face. Kids also learn to read someone’s emotions by making eye contact...

 

Diane Debrovner

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(Teaching Empathy) Ages & Stages: Empathy | Scholastic.com

(Teaching Empathy) Ages & Stages: Empathy | Scholastic.com | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy is an important gateway to social and emotional growth in children. Poole, Miller and Church discuss how to nurture empathy in children at various age and development levels.

 

Early Signs of Empathy

Developing empathy is a gradual process. At first a toddler may only have a vague impression that something is wrong. Twenty-month-old Jenny, for example, is busy helping to find baby Sally's favorite blanket. Jenny's teacher explicitly encourages her: "Thank you for helping to make Sally feel better!" As the two-year-olds expanding thinking skills combine with positive emotional experiences, brief moments of early empathy begin to take place.

 

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The Heart and Science of Empathy with Eric Bowers 

Join Eric Bowers for The Heart and Science of Empathy with Eric Bowers. Learn more here:
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Books to Nurture Empathy

Books to Nurture Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
How do we nurture empathy in our children?

 

If you have even glanced at any of my previous posts, you know my answer. One tried and true way is to read books to your kids—books that impart messages of compassion, not just for the weak or the suffering, but for anyone who needs a hand to grab on to at some singular moment in time; books that demonstrate how we can anticipate the needs of others and show us that even our small actions can bring comfort to our neighbors and friends.

 

All fiction reading builds empathy simply because it introduces us to ideas and worlds beyond our own—and this is so significant for our children. Kids love to insert themselves into the pages of their favorite books to discern how they would respond in the very situations they read about.

 

The more our little ones read, learn about others, and see themselves in stories conveying messages of empathy, the more this virtue will become an instinctual part of their behavior and character.

 

by Lauren Davis

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Compassionate Response Training

Compassionate Response Training | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Eventbrite - Jacob Savage presents Compassionate Response Training - Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Concrn, San Francisco, CA. Find event and ticket information.
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A BACK-TO-SCHOOL EMPATHY TOOLKIT : 12 Ways to Promote Kindness in the Classroom this Year

A BACK-TO-SCHOOL EMPATHY TOOLKIT : 12 Ways to Promote Kindness in the Classroom this Year | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

RULES OF KINDNESS:

Brought to you by: Ashoka’s Start Empathy Initiative in collaboration with generationOn,

 

Whether your school year has already started or you're still enjoying the last days of summer vacation, it's never too early to start thinking about how you can make your classroom a more caring and compassionate place. If you're drawing a blank on where to start, we've got you covered.

 

As part of generationOn's Rules of Kindness Campaign, we've partnered with experts like Ashoka's Start Empathy and Dr. Lynne Kenney to come up with 12 ways to make sure kindness has a seat in your classroom:

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Communicating with Empathy

Communicating with Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Communicating with empathy consists of six sessions that have been developed to promote sensitive and effective communication in end of life care.


Each session offers valuable, interesting and accessible learning that will be useful for informal carers, agency and care home staff, healthcare assistants and other staff providing end of life care.


Each session is designed to take 20-30 minutes to complete and the sessions can be completed in any order. The content includes interviews with professionals, patients and family members, video clips of simulated conversations and interactive exercises and quizzes.


At the end of each session learners can print or save a certificate which summarises the essential learning points.
Sessions:
1. Introduction to communication skills and how these are applied in end of life care
2. Making the most of listening
3. What do we mean by body language?
4. Responding to challenges in end of life care
5. Assessing and responding to communication needs
6. Examples of communication challenges: distractions in the workplace and communicating when there are language barriers

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How to Start an NVC Practice Group

How to Start an NVC Practice Group | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
It’s not enough to only study a new language. To learn it means also practicing it by talking and listening to other people who are using it as well. Learning Nonviolent Communication is no different.

Reading about it, watching videos or listening to people talk about it give a decent understanding. Workshops and journalling will boost your learning by providing opportunities to practice and reflect.

Most people find this is not quite sufficient and this is where the NVC Practice Group steps in. I’ve led and been part of several practice groups on my NVC journey and found them invaluable for deepening my skills in NVC and providing motivation to keep going.
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(Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy

(Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
To live in a world without empathy is to live in a world that is ego-centric, dog-eat-dog, focused on me. A world without empathy is a world where people don’t consider how things look from another person’s viewpoint, a place where other’s feelings, perceptions, intentions, and motives don’t matter.

 

Other problems arise in a loveless world. It would be impossible to trust anyone else as trust is built on leaps of faith and human compassion. We would have no way to experience the safety of others unless they exactly conformed to our expectations. Each of us would be self-appointed emperors of our own little world. Inevitably, it would be a rather lonely world.

 

However, a world of empathy is one where people feel safe, secure, and connected. It’s a place where we can trust that people are concerned for our needs and interests. It’s a world where people see into our hearts, and see through our eyes. A world with empathy is a world where people understand and care.

 

We as parents are armed with the abilities to help instill this in our children and unless there is an underlying neurological difficulty we can go a long way to making sure we raise emotionally literate and empathetic children.

 

 

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