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Empathy For Animals And The Environment

Empathy For Animals And The Environment | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Empathy is about understanding. When we understand people, we are more inclined to adapt our words and deeds to fill their needs.  

But what about empathy for animals? Empathy for the environment? If we understand them, how will our interactions with them change?

 

People Animals Love (PAL) is a D.C. based non-profit that brings people and animals together with the belief that the unique bond can help fill some of society’s greatest needs. PAL was founded by Earl Strimple DMV who witnessed the effects of the human-animal bond with his clients. An early program matched cats with felons in Lorton County prison.


By Megan Noack

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Empatico, The KIND Foundation: "strengthen their empathy muscles."

Empatico, The KIND Foundation: "strengthen their empathy muscles." | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Empatico, The KIND Foundation’s most ambitious initiative to date, is an online learning tool that will connect students across the globe. Through the platform, kids will have the chance to explore their similarities and differences, expand their horizons and strengthen their empathy muscles.

 

We chose to start with 8-10-year-olds because they are best suited to develop empathy. Their brains are beginning to help them understand their identities in relation to others, and their biases have yet to become deeply rooted. If we can intercept students at this moment, and give them opportunities to meaningfully interact with one another, we can create a lifetime of positive change.

I’ve always felt that it’s our shared obligation to leave this world better than we found it. Since becoming a father, I have felt this more urgently and deeply. There is a lot that we need to do to improve the world, including developing the ability to be better listeners and more critical thinkers, and we can’t do it without our kids as part of the solution.

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Does Art Breed Empathy? This Museum Just Got $750,000 to Find Out | artnet News

Does Art Breed Empathy? This Museum Just Got $750,000 to Find Out | artnet News | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
If art gives you all the feels, a new initiative is promising to find out why. On the strength of a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is establishing the world’s first Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts.

The center’s goal, said museum president and director Kaywin Feldman in a statement, is to learn “how to spark and nurture empathy through the visual arts, so that MIA and all art museums can contribute even more toward building a just and harmonious society.”

MIA has mapped out a five-year initiative for the center, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The museum will enlist everyone from researchers, scholars, and philosophers to artists, thought leaders, and content experts to determine how museums can help their audiences develop compassion and become more emotionally intelligent.
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Minneapolis Institute of Art to Establish Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Art to Establish Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) announced today that it is launching the first-ever Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts within an art museum. The institution will collaborate with scholars, philosophers, artists, and colleagues at other museums to explore “best practices to foster compassion and enhance related emotional skills.” Funded by a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, the five-year project aims to build empathy in order to affect positive social change.

Commenting on the initiative, director Kaywin Feldman said, “A visitor to our museum has the opportunity to experience works of art made over the course of some five thousand years, from every corner of the globe. One of the most meaningful aspects of this encounter is the awareness it can awaken of a common humanity—an immediate sense of connection between the viewer and someone who may have lived in a very different time and place. Thanks to the Mellon Foundation, we’re proud to take the lead with partners across the country, in studying how to spark and nurture empathy through the visual arts, so that MIA and all art museums can contribute even more toward building a just and harmonious society.”
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Finding the Lost Art of Empathy: Connecting Human to Human in a Disconnected World: Tracy Wilde,

Finding the Lost Art of Empathy: Connecting Human to Human in a Disconnected World: Tracy Wilde, | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Finding the Lost Art of Empathy: Connecting Human to Human in a Disconnected World [Tracy Wilde, Judah Smith] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Tracy Wilde, rising celebrity pastor who helped launch the LA Bible Study in Hollywood, reflects on the absence of empathy in today’s world and shares how Christians can renew their compassion to help unify not only the church
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Photography Empathy & Mirror Neurons

Photography, Empathy & Mirror Neurons Sharon Gershoni 26/5/2010
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Walk in the other person's shoes at Brazil's Empathy Museum

Walk in the other person's shoes at Brazil's Empathy Museum | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Sao Paulo's Empathy Museum boasts no paintings or other works of art, only well-worn footwear and audio recordings of dozens of personal stories that enable the visitor to literally walk a mile in someone else's shoes.
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(Empathic Design) Design Thinking: Getting Started with Empathy

(Empathic Design) Design Thinking: Getting Started with Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Empathy is an important element in Design Thinking and Human-Centred Design. What is empathy exactly? Why is empathy so important to designing solutions that actually work for people? Here, we’ll not only look at what empathy means, but will also look at how it helps design thinkers create solutions that work and, conversely, how a lack of empathy can result in product failure. We’ll also come to understand the empowering notion that everyone can master empathy and design truly human-centred solutions

Empathise methods

The following are our favorite Empathise methods:

  • Assume a beginner’s mindset
  • Ask What-How-Why
  • Ask the 5 whys
  • Conduct interviews with empathy
  • Build empathy with analogies
  • Use photo and video user-based studies
  • Use personal photo and video journals
  • Engage with extreme users
  • Story share-and-capture
  • Bodystorm
  • Create journey maps


However, you will need to understand the following nuances and potentials of empathy before you start using the above (amazing) methods.

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KIND Foundation Launches ‘Empatico’ Platform to Connect Students Globally, Foster Empathy

KIND Foundation Launches ‘Empatico’ Platform to Connect Students Globally, Foster Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
On its quest to create a kinder, healthier world — one snack at a time — the KIND Foundation, a nonprofit established by KIND Snacks, has launched a $20 million, multi-year initiative to inspire meaningful interactions between kids across the world and foster empathy. Empatico is a free online learning tool that enables students to practice communication and leadership skills needed in a divided country and interdependent world. By the end of 2020, the platform endeavors to reach more than one million students in 25 countries and make it possible for kids everywhere to connect with one another.

Empatico aligns with the Foundation’s nontraditional approach to philanthropy, which often personifies KIND’s name and embodies its longstanding mission to elevate kindness and empathy.
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KIND Launches Storytelling Campaign to Inspire Empathy, Kindness

KIND Launches Storytelling Campaign to Inspire Empathy, Kindness | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The video series builds on previous efforts from KIND to build bridges between people and inspire empathy. In April, The KIND Foundation launched the Pop Your Bubble tool, a digital tool designed to connect Facebook users with people who are different than them, thereby challenging consumers to step outside their comfort zones and change their perspectives. Just weeks after its launch, the tool had already fostered nearly 60,000 connections. KIND later launched Empatico in October, a free online learning tool that enables students to practice communication and leadership skills. By the end of 2020, the platform endeavors to reach more than one million students in 25 countries and make it possible for kids everywhere to connect with one another.
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(Empathic Design) Design through empathy

How to dive in our users’ environment? The creation of a successful product requires far more than a questionnaire, a decent wireframe or prototype and fluffy
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(Empathy in Education) CBS decorating its doors with empathy

(Empathy in Education) CBS decorating its doors with empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The classroom project relates to the book Habits of Mind, by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick, which Regional School Unit 9 and many other districts is using to help students develop life skills for the classroom and beyond. CBS has adopted 12 of the skills and is focusing on five or six of them this year. For December, Principal Nichole Goodspeed said, the school decided to embrace the skill of Empathy.

Students in each classroom, nearly 20 in all, came up with their own designs to capture Empathy, relating to the Habits of Mind skill of listening with understanding and empathy. Designs ranged from popular books and movies the students had seen to emotions, animals and colorful collages.

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(Teaching Empathy) 40 Kindness Activities & Empathy Worksheets for Students and Adults

(Teaching Empathy) 40 Kindness Activities & Empathy Worksheets for Students and Adults | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Read on to learn how to target kindness and empathy development, building on our natural tendencies and enhancing our capacity to care about others.

4 Empathy Worksheets for Students & Adults (PDF)

While it’s important to begin instilling kindness and empathy early, it’s never too late to learn how to be more empathetic. There are many worksheets and activities for students, adolescents, and adults to enhance their capacity for empathy.

A few of these worksheets are listed and described below.

Accurate Listening Exercise

While not a worksheet per se, these are two very valuable handouts that can encourage empathy in children and adults of all ages.

The first handout lists the seven steps for accurate listening, a practice which is an important first step in showing empathy and compassion for others.

The steps are as follows:

  • You must concentrate on not talking, while the other person is talking. Be sure to pay attention and to look directly at the speaker.
  • Be sure you are listening to the other person when he or she is talking, instead of preparing your reply.
  • Make sure you are paying attention to how the person is behaving.
  • Be aware of the body language of the other person.
  • Let the other person know that you’re listening – for example, by shaking your head.
  • When the other person stops talking, try to paraphrase or translate what he or she said. Reflect what you think you have heard. This technique helps to ensure if there is a clear understanding.
  • Try to recognize the individual’s feelings – for example: “You sound angry” or “You seem to be upset,” etc.
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Like humans, bonobos share the spirit of giving

Like humans, bonobos share the spirit of giving | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The study revealed that the apes often helped strange bonobos whether the other ape asked for help or not. Scientists believe this might be because the animals feel basic empathy, when someone shares or understands the feelings of someone else.

 

This basic form of empathy is known as emotional contagion, it’s the same urge that makes us, and bonobos, yawn when someone else yawns.

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With $750,000 Grant, Minneapolis Institute of Art Starts Up Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts

With $750,000 Grant, Minneapolis Institute of Art Starts Up Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The Minneapolis Institute of Art has received a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will use the money toward starting what it is calling the Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts, or CEVA for short.

 

Other so-called centers for empathy have been established by activist organizations and international affairs groups—among them

  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA),
  • Stanford University’s medical school,
  • and the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, which has has worked with U.S. peace groups


—yet no major art museum has created one before, making CEVA the first of its kind.

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Empathy and the museum: Can art connect us to others? — Minneapolis Institute of Art

Empathy and the museum: Can art connect us to others? — Minneapolis Institute of Art | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
At Mia, we believe in the “power of art to inspire wonder,” to connect us with something bigger than ourselves. One of the many things that sparked my early fascination with art is how a painting or sculpture could transport me to a different time or place and allow me to see things from another’s viewpoint or perspective. When engaging with art, we bring our own worldview and experience, and an artwork can ignite conversations and learning about others’ ideas, values, and cultures.

But that sense of shared humanity is often lacking in our world today. The failure to understand other people’s point of view is exacerbating prejudice, conflict, and inequality. If we wish to develop not only a more equal society but a happier and more creative one, we need to look outside ourselves and attempt to identify with the experiences of others—to empathize. This critical skill allows us to connect with others who might seem different, to become more aware of our commonalities. As the philosopher Roman Kznaric explains in his 2014 book Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It, empathy “has the power to transform relationships, from the personal to the political, and create fundamental social change.”
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 Inside Out Empathy: Explore the underestimated superpower essential for building, developing, and inspiring a rock-solid team

 Inside Out Empathy: Explore the underestimated superpower essential for building, developing, and inspiring a rock-solid team | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Inside Out Empathy: Explore the underestimated superpower essential for building, developing, and inspiring a rock-solid team - Kindle edition by Erin Thorp. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Inside Out Empathy: Explore the underestimated superpower essential for building, developing, and inspiring a rock-solid team.
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‘This has to be unacceptable’: Dan Rather on media attacks and politics in America under Trump: “One often finds the greatest lack of empathy in those who were born lucky.”

‘This has to be unacceptable’: Dan Rather on media attacks and politics in America under Trump: “One often finds the greatest lack of empathy in those who were born lucky.” | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Nowhere in Rather’s book does Trump’s name appear. Yet his presence is felt, especially in the chapter on empathy. On Page 103, Rather writes, “One often finds the greatest lack of empathy in those who were born lucky.” Responding to my recitation of the line, he said to laughter, “Well, I think it’s very clear who I’m talking about.” He added that empathy “is a hallmark of our history, a hallmark of our character. There has been an attempt to sort of squeeze it out of our national character, but it isn’t going to work.”

Listen to the podcast to hear Rather discuss the difference between empathy and compassion, patriotism and nationalism, and what he thinks is the responsibility of congressional Republicans in the age of Trump.
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Are Babies Racist Is Empathy Bad for Society And More with Dr. Paul Bloom  

In this e.pi.so.de we start with a dive into evolutionary psychology and how biases have been programmed into you by millions of years of evolution, look at why our guest condemns the concept of Empathy, how the science demonstrates that empathy has no correlation with doing good in the world, how empathy creates disastrous outcomes, and more with our guest Dr. Paul Bloom


Dr. Paul Bloom is a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University and received his PhD from MIT. Paul is the coeditor of the journal Behavior and Brain Sciences and author of several books including Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, and most recently Against Empathy: The Case For Rational Compassion.

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Minneapolis Institute of Art gets big grant to study empathy

Minneapolis Institute of Art gets big grant to study empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
In theory, art can build empathy. The Minneapolis Institute of Art just nabbed a big grant to explore how and why.

The museum announced Wednesday that it had received a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts. That center will work with researchers, scholars and artists, among others, to research ways the visual arts can foster empathy and compassion, according to a press release.

"Thanks to the Mellon Foundation, we’re proud to take the lead with partners across the country, in studying how to spark and nurture empathy through the visual arts," said Kaywin Feldman, the museum's director, "so that Mia and all art museums can contribute even more toward building a just and harmonious society.”
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In digital innovation era, this technologist focuses on empathy in tech - SiliconANGLE

In digital innovation era, this technologist focuses on empathy in tech - SiliconANGLE | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
“We have to be empathetic and understanding of everyone’s perspective along the entire spectrum, because there’s a lot of benefit to exciting change. And there’s also a lot of benefit to contextual knowledge of your local environment,” she said.

Kromhout found her voice through the encouragement of a mentor and has dedicated her career to providing that same type of encouragement for others in the field. “Whatever it is you’re putting out there in the world, people aren’t looking at it to judge you. They’re looking at it because they need something,” she said.

For Kromhout, a focus on the empathetic side of the industry is key to driving the change so many businesses aspire to. “It’s great to be technical, but we also have to be human,” she concluded.
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(Empathy in Education) Putting Empathy and Digital Citizenship at the Center of our Classrooms

(Empathy in Education) Putting Empathy and Digital Citizenship at the Center of our Classrooms | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Check out these resources for putting empathy and citizenship at the center of our classrooms, both in person and online:

  • From KQED MindShift: Teaching and modeling good digital citizenship
  • From ISTE: Three strategies for using empathy as an antidote to cyberbullying
  • From Edutopia: Teaching empathy through design thinking
  • From the Net Safety Collaborative: the #icanhelp campaign
  • From Common Sense Media: Turning students’ empathy into action with digital tools
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‘Your Ego vs Our Empathy’ by nando270

‘Your Ego vs Our Empathy’  by nando270 | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
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Practising Listening with Empathy, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Practising Listening with Empathy, by Thich Nhat Hanh | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Each person is an island. If no one has the capacity to listen to another person, everyone feels very alone.
  • You get sick.
  • No communication is possible.
  • You cannot tell anyone about your pain.


That is why psychotherapists have become important in our society. They are supposed to be people who will sit and listen to us. The first task of psychotherapists is to sit quietly and listen; they are not supposed to talk back. If they argue with us, if they talk back, then they are not psychotherapists. We don’t need them and we will not pay them! I need you to sit and listen. I don’t need your advice. I don’t need your condemnation.

The psychotherapist should practise listening with empathy. The question here is: Is the psycho­therapist happy or not? If she or he is filled with internal formations, then even if he pretends to sit quietly to listen to you, he will not really be listening and you will not feel relieved. That you can see very well.
 
When someone is truly listening,
  • you feel it; and when someone pretends to listen,
  • you know.

 

Psychotherapists, therefore, are those who have to practise, first. They are supposed to be bodhisattvas helping others, but in order to be able to listen, one should empty oneself; one

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Developing Empathy

This lesson helps students gain a deeper understanding of empathy and how to put it into practice.

 

Objectives

Activities will help students:

  • understand empathy
  • practice ways to be more understanding
  • reflect on the effects of empathetic listening
Essential Questions
  • What does it mean to put yourself in someone else’s shoes?
  • How empathetic am I?
  • How can I better show empathy toward others? 

 

empathy [em-puh-thee] (noun) the understanding of or the ability to identify with another person's feelings or experiences

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