Empathy Blog

“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,...
Twitter’s Biz Stone: Embrace Empathy, Failure (PC Magazine, March 12, 2012) Empathy, says Twitter founder Biz Stone, is central to the “new metric for capitalism”: one based not just on an ability to turn a profit, but on a desire to change the...
Submitted by Lennon Flowers on Fri, March 16, 2012
A few weeks back, we had the chance to visit The Met in Providence, RI, the flagship school of Big Picture Learning, known for its focus on real-world learning and individualized learning plans that combine both relevance and rigor. Begun in 1996,...
Submitted by Lennon Flowers on Tue, March 13, 2012
As Lady Gaga launched her Born This Way Foundation at Harvard a couple weeks back, she acknowledged that amidst the abundant love of her millions of fans, there is also hate. In responding to a question from Secretary of Health and Human Services...
Submitted by Lennon Flowers on Fri, March 9, 2012
Chances are you've heard about the decision to publish the rankings of NYC teachers in the New York Times. The decision has produced quite a backlash, especially in light of a similar decision by LAUSD to publish its teacher rankings in the LA Times...
Submitted by Adam Horowitz on Fri, February 17, 2012
In a CNN Guest Blog this week, Jeffrey Cohn, author of "Why are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders?" explains why anyone hiring new leadership would do well to look beyond charm and resumes and consider things like empathy and emotional intelligence....