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Design Thinking: Empathy: Both a Skill Set and a Mindset

Design Thinking: Empathy: Both a Skill Set and a Mindset | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

 A panel of experts, mostly outside the field of education, discussed how they use design thinking to approach problems. In this discussion, business owner and consultant Coonoor Behal, said something that became my most important take-away of the day:


Empathy isn’t simply one skill we can teach. Instead, empathy is a way of thinking resulting from proficiency with a collection of skills. In other words, to effectively teach empathy, we have to understand its components.


Empathy is a mindset resulting from proficiency with a skill set


Brianna Crowley 

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Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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Emotions and Empathy

Emotions and Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, said, “When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it.”

Inspiring  coaches  are  savvy  enough  to  know  when  it’s time to address an issue. They read other people and understand the nuances of a situation. In other words, they have emotional intelligence.

One of the cornerstones of emotional intelligence is empathy. According to Sara D. Hodges and Michael W. Myers in the Encyclopedia of Social Psychology, “Empathy is often defined as understanding another person’s experience by imagining oneself in that other person’s situation. One understands the other person’s experience  as if it were being experienced by the self, but without the self actually experiencing it.”
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Emotional Intelligence

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Empathy: We are Wired to Connect (7-day facilitated online Course)

This ability enables you to interpret unspoken emotions and to understand a range of perspectives. With empathic concern, your understanding of others extends to caring deeply for them. Empathy is a critical leadership skill. Learn how to demonstrate consistently.

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How technology is harming our ability to feel empathy | Street Roots

How technology is harming our ability to feel empathy | Street Roots | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Emily Green: At one point in your book you wrote, “Most feelings are mutual.” Can you explain to our readers what you were getting at with that statement?

Helen Riess: Empathy is partly about shared feelings, and the root of that word was originally sympathy, which means “same suffering.” It refers to the fact that when we are in the presence of someone who’s experiencing an emotion, we actually pick up on that because other people’s emotions and facial expressions and experiences of pain are actually mapped onto an observer’s brain, onto our own brains. That is why we feel sad when we’re in the presence of someone who’s very tearful or sorrowful, or why positive feelings like excitement are contagious. There’s actually a neurobiological grounding for saying that “most feelings are mutual.”
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Reading Fuels Empathy. Do Screens Threaten That? | EdSurge News

Reading Fuels Empathy. Do Screens Threaten That? | EdSurge News | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Reading changes our brains. Beyond allowing humans to gather and synthesize new information, research shows it is key to cultivating empathy in individuals, too. One study finds this to be particularly true for fictional stories, which allow readers to imagine themselves as other people, in other worlds, with different ideas and challenges.

The effects of reading on the brain are also strongly influenced by the medium through which we read. For a large part of human history, that has been print. And so as digital screens begin to take the place of print books in many classrooms and households, researchers are now looking at how that impacts our ability to process information—and empathize with others.
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The Science of Empathy: What Researchers Want Teachers to Know | EdSurge News

The Science of Empathy: What Researchers Want Teachers to Know | EdSurge News | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
What's the key takeaway that you're hoping folks will come away with from your talk later today with?

Well, one of the biggest is to understand that empathy can change somebody's grades. That's a big deal. Most people don't know that when a kid is beginning to get empathy training or feel training in the few places where it's actually been tested, you see some extraordinary changes in grades, and it's simply because I think the safety issues are so settled.
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Design Thinking Approach to eLearning Emphasizes Empathy

Design Thinking Approach to eLearning Emphasizes Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design approaches, as applied to eLearning, focus on designing solutions that work for real learners in real workday situations. As such, empathy is an essential element in a Design Thinking approach to eLearning, and it is the first stage of any Design Thinking-based process.

Figure 1: The Design Thinking process starts with empathy

In a instructional design context, empathy requires understanding the pain points and the daily reality of your target audience; it also requires some knowledge of learners’ motivations and needs, which might not be obvious.

In some ways, this stage is similar to a conventional needs analysis: You’re defining your target audience and describing the problems the eLearning is meant to solve. You might come up with a profile of a typical learner—a persona—for whom you develop the training solution. You might brainstorm possible solutions—a conventional eLearning course, microlearning, a job aid—that could solve the learner's problem.

 

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Empathy: The Root of Our Human Morality.. Is Not of Human Origin

Empathy: The Root of Our Human Morality.. Is Not of Human Origin | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy... feeling what others feel.. the supreme quality of a human being and the root of human social morality... the essence of religion, ethics, conception of good and evil, of what's good and what's bad... What if I told you it is not of human origin, and humans are not the only ones to share it?
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How To Apply User Experience Research (UX) To Instructional Design (ID)

How To Apply User Experience Research (UX) To Instructional Design (ID) | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

1. Analysis: An Analysis Of The Organization's Goals, Learner Goals And The Problem Being Solved With Training

a. User Or Learner Personas
These are a visual representation of everything you know about your audience, from demographics to training goals. UX includes many categories outside of ID which I also find helpful when assessing what learners already know about the topic or what may prevent them from completing the training.

b. Empathy Mapping
It is another visualization exercise that captures research about your audience. Create an empathy map to highlight your learner's attitudes and behaviors about the training topic.

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Empathy Is 'One of Most Important Qualities' in a Leader, Goodwin Says – Bloomberg

Empathy Is 'One of Most Important Qualities' in a Leader, Goodwin Says – Bloomberg | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says President's Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson both displayed great empathy. She says that helped make them great leaders in the White House. Goodwin speaks on new episode of "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations." 
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The 5 Steps to Customer Journey Mapping  

Journey maps combine two powerful instruments—storytelling and visualization—in order to help teams understand and address customer needs.
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Empathy Training Module 1: Session 1: Empathy Circles, What, Why and How 

Empathy Training Module 1: Session 1: Empathy Circles, What, Why and How  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Empathy Circle Facilitator Training: Session 1
Empathy Circles: What, Why, & How 

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Reducing Mass Incarceration - Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles

Reducing Mass Incarceration - Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

DATE Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM  PT
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TOPIC
In Collaboration with #Cut50,  #DayofEmpathy and the Empathy Network the topic is:
How do you feel about the high incarceration rates in the USA and what can be done about it?

And you can talk about whatever is alive for you or on your mind..

LOCATION
Zoom Meeting Room URL: https://zoom.us/j/9896109339
Click on the link to enter the Zoom video conferencing room.

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The "How" of Empathy

The "How" of Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
We hear the word empathy tossed around a lot in the marketplace, but what does it really mean? How do we actually cultivate empathy and utilize it in our work? On this episode, I share a four-part process for doing so.
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Empathy Mapping for Design Thinking 

Once the areas have been identified, use these tips to brainstorm and make your empathy mapping session productive:

Give the user a name. Don't refer to them just as "the user." Create a user persona and a different map for each persona. Always place users in context, define where they are and what they are trying to achieve. Who is in their environment? Are they in a rush or are they relaxed?


Identify your goal for creating the empathy map. How are you hoping to improve the user experience through empathy mapping? Make this goal central to your empathy mapping process, so that the team knows what they are working towards.

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Dr. Helen Riess with Eve Ekman - The Empathy Effect (San Francisco Store) | Book Passage

Empathy is undergoing a new evolution. In a global and interconnected culture, we can no longer afford to identify only with people who seem to be a part of our "tribe." As Dr. Helen Riess has learned, our capacity for empathy is not just an innate trait--it is also a skill that we can learn and expand.

 

With The Empathy Effect, Dr. Riess presents a definitive resource on empathy: the science behind how it works, new research on how empathy develops from birth to adulthood, and tools for building your capacity to create authentic emotional connection with others in any situation.

Helen Riess, MD, is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, HuffPost, JAMA, and more. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Eve Ekman is the director of training at the Greater Good Science Center.

 

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Author Visit, Dr. Michele Borba – Tonight, February 20, 2019

Author Visit, Dr. Michele Borba – Tonight, February 20, 2019 | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Dr. Michele Borba will talk to our community and explain what parents and educators MUST do to combat the growing empathy crisis among children today—including a 9-step empathy-building program with tips to guide kids from birth through college, and beyond.

Teens today are forty percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago. Why is a lack of empathy—which goes hand-in-hand with the self-absorption epidemic Dr. Michele Borba calls the Selfie Syndrome—so dangerous? Join her on February 20 to find out.
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Every life matters: the world needs more compassion and empathy  

Every life matters: the world needs more compassion and empathy   | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
“We can’t lose track of the basics. Compassion. Empathy. That’s what we need more of,” says John Morrison, a local artist and photographer.


Last fall, Morrison was driving along Highway 1 to the Hillcrest Hotel outside Revelstoke.

“I noticed something. It looked like a leaf standing on the centre line.”

But it wasn’t. It was a small, injured squirrel. Blind and its fur had been ripped from its face.

“I can’t let things like that go. So I stopped with all the traffic passing. It was a miracle no one hit it.”
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Episode 34: Paul Bloom on Empathy, Rationality, Morality, and Cruelty

Episode 34: Paul Bloom on Empathy, Rationality, Morality, and Cruelty | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Within every person’s mind there is on ongoing battle between reason and emotion. It’s not always a battle, of course; very often the two can work together.

 

But at other times, our emotions push us toward actions that our reason would counsel against. Paul Bloom is a well-known psychologist and author who wrote the provocatively-titled book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, and is currently writing a book about the nature of cruelty.

 

While I sympathize with parts of his anti-empathy stance, I try to stick up for the importance of empathy in the right circumstances. We have a great discussion about the relationship between reason and emotion.

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ThriveGlobal.com: Empathy Matters: Here's Why

ThriveGlobal.com: Empathy Matters: Here's Why | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Research has shown that empathy can be analyzed and learned. Looking up to an empathetic role model — a role model who is empathetic toward this learning process itself — and debriefing about empathetic behavior has shown to be especially helpful.

 

As empathy becomes more prioritized in the workplace, training that focuses on emotional intelligence will become more commonplace, too. Perhaps most importantly, we should take time to put our devices away and engage in meaningful face-to-face interactions. It is a great way to practice active listening and empathy, and something we should make time for every single day.

 

 

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You Need Empathy to Thrive in Business

You Need Empathy to Thrive in Business | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Why you need empathy?
If business is all about people, then business is all about empathy. No transaction between two humans can succeed without a bit of empathy in the mix. Empathy, the ability to not only detect what others feel but also to experience that emotion yourself, is present in every aspect of our social life, even when we are doing business. It is what enables you to see something from someone else’s perspective, not just your own.

According to Roman Krznaric, empathy is “the art of imaginatively stepping into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions
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The Empathy Series, Part 3 – Implementing Organizational Empathy 

The Empathy Series, Part 3 – Implementing Organizational Empathy  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The Impact of Organizational Empathy on Customer Service

An empathetic organization has many advantages over an emotionally detached company, especially when it comes to successful customer experiences. In the 2018 State of Workplace Empathy Report, Businessolver found that “87% of CEOs agree the company’s financial performance is tied to empathy.”

 

The report also found that “there’s a silent majority in U.S. workplaces who believe that empathy is lacking in their organizations and they’re willing to take action – even leave their jobs – to seek out employers who are more empathetic.” Employee retention is a top concern for the call center industry which, by nature, has high turnover.

 

It’s crucial for these organizations to cultivate empathy across the organization to obtain more engaged employees. Additionally, Forrester reported that “customer-obsessed companies report having happier employees, more loyal customers, and increased likelihood to exceed revenue growth expectations.”

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How Self-Compassionate Are You? - The New York Times

How Self-Compassionate Are You? - The New York Times | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

How self-compassionate are you? The following is an adapted version of the Self-Compassion Scale, which researchers use to measure how much self-kindness or harsh self-judgment we show ourselves. Read each statement carefully. Don't think about how others might see you. Focus on how you view yourself. Use the descriptions below to indicate how often you behave in the manner described.

 

I try to be understanding and patient toward those aspects of my personality I don’t like.

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How to Empathy Map  

A 5-step process for creating empathy maps that describe user characteristics at the start of a UX design process.
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Climate Change - Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles

Climate Change - Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Date:  Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM PT

Topic:  How do you feel about the issue of climate change?

Location: Zoom Meeting Room URL: https://zoom.us/j/9896109339
Click on the link to enter the Zoom video conferencing room.

An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process.  The process supports meaningful and constructive dialogue. The basic process can be fairly easily learned in about 15 minutes.  It increases mutual understanding and connection by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction.   

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Towards an Empathic Human Rights | Left History 

Towards an Empathic Human Rights | Left History  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
This article conceives of human rights as a tool for promoting the values of its users. It links human rights to a continuous pursuit of a dynamic equality, which is rooted in empathy. Highlighting issues including the problematic association of human rights with the judiciary and the tool’s co-optation by sources of power, the article calls for a re-evaluation of our institutions.

 

States are pre-eminent agents in providing human rights protections, but this must be challenged as the constitution of the state’s organs are reconsidered, specifically regarding how the colonial experience has shaped the modern state.

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