Empathy Blog

Submitted by Joseph Katona on Tue, July 31, 2012
Editor's Note: This article is written by Laura Zax from Ashoka's Empathy Initiative for the Start Empathy blog. The Empathy team convened  educators from 5 schools across the country towards a shared vision of "Changemaker...
Submitted by Joseph Katona on Wed, July 18, 2012
Every so often, we'll be featuring top stories from our blog at StartEmpathy.org -- our digital home for parents, educators, students, and fellow enthusiasts looking to make the case for why empathy matters and to share and discover the best...
Dog Yawn Study: Human yawns “contagious” for canines (Zuberoa Marcos, Huffington Post, May 8) Turns out, dog lovers may have been right all along: Fido really does “get” what you’re feeling. A new study shows that dogs are more likely to yawn simply...
Empathy and experience key to becoming good leader (Christopher Gergen & Stephen Martin, News & Observer, April 29) Empathy is “the glue that holds us together, not only help[ing] us become a better sibling, parent, or friend – it also...
Submitted by Lennon Flowers on Thu, April 26, 2012
Step into the halls of St. Ann School in Bridgeport, Connecticut – one of the poorest cities in the country – and you immediately feel a special energy and spirit. Perhaps it’s the halls lined with evidence of student-led community projects and...
“In today's world, where everyone is so interconnected and interdependent, it is simply essential that we work for each other's success. If we're going to solve the biggest, thorniest and most widespread problems in business and society, we have to...
Hunger Games: How Controversial Books Build 'Empathy Muscles' (Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience, April 13)The Hunger Games was on more than just the bestseller list in 2011: it also came in number three on the list of most challenged books in libraries...
Looking for something to do this weekend? Bully, the brand-new documentary from director Lee Hirsch, opened in wide release today with its new PG-13 rating.  Loyal readers of the empathy blog will know that we're working with the team behind...
It was a busy week in Empathy Land (appreciate the understanding, oh empathetic reader), but don't fret! Missed the latest news in empathy last week? We've got you covered.  Empathize Like A Doctor, Design Like An Entrepreneur (James Oliver...
Submitted by Lennon Flowers on Mon, April 2, 2012
Guest Author: Sara Potler In the past few years, bullying has seemed an epidemic. The loss of young lives and safe learning environments has made us universally cognizant that names really can hurt, as well as destroy individuals, families, schools...
Let's Move Beyond Anti-Bullying and Become Pro-Kid (Huffington Post, March 23, 2012)  In case you missed it last week,  Ashoka Fellow and Peace First Founder Eric Dawson called, in an op-ed on the Huffington Post, on parents,...
Submitted by Michael Zakaras on Fri, March 30, 2012
Today, in conjunction with the release of the documentary film "Bully", Ashoka and Youth Venture launched a youth campaign to encourage young changemakers to address bullying in their schools and communities by practicing empathy. And helping...
Submitted by Michael Zakaras on Thu, March 29, 2012
  “Rather than think of empathy as an ingredient in education – think of education and its disciplines – from history to literature to the arts – as ingredients in empathy.”  - Steve Nelson, Head, Calhoun When Steve Nelson meets with...
Submitted by Lennon Flowers on Tue, March 27, 2012
We’re just a few days away from the close of entries for Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters, our competition currently running on Changemakers. We’re offering up more than $110K in prizes to anyone and everyone...
Submitted by Lennon Flowers on Tue, March 20, 2012
  “The first duty of love is to listen.” -- Paul Tillich In 1994, I participated in a short training experience that changed my life. The instructions for the exercise: Be quiet for eight minutes while someone tells you his or her life story,...