Empathy Blog

Submitted by Joseph Katona on Thu, March 21, 2013
It is so exciting to announce the newest members of the Changemaker Schools Network, a community of leading elementary schools that teach children at their school communities to be changemakers: empathic leaders, capable of working in teams to...
Submitted by Joseph Katona on Fri, February 8, 2013
Editor's Note: This article was originally featured on Ashoka's website on 2 February 2013. It was written by Jaime Gusching, Executive Assistant and Events Coordinator with the Ashoka Executive Office. Bill Drayton’s lifetime achievements, which...
Submitted by Joseph Katona on Fri, December 7, 2012
Empathy-Workshop Ashoka Switzerland November 27, 2012 “Empathy - It is the ultimate human trait.”--Mary Gordon Aim of the workshop Aligning with Ashoka’s mission of “Every child should master empathy,” Ashoka Switzerland looked for ways to...
Submitted by Joseph Katona on Wed, November 28, 2012
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in Ashoka United Kingdom's blog. On 26th November the official launch of the innovative Roots of Empathy programme took place at a reception in the House of Lords in London. Hosted by Baronesses...
Submitted by Joseph Katona on Tue, October 30, 2012
Learning in the 21st century: How to develop empathy and changemaking skills through education On October 4th, Chemins d’Enfances organized in Paris an exceptional event on 21st century skills in partnership with Ashoka Empathy Initiative and...
Submitted by Joseph Katona on Thu, August 23, 2012
Earlier this summer Michael Zakaras had the chance to talk about 21st century learning with Dana Mortenson, an Ashoka Fellow and the founder of World Savvy, an organization that works within the K-12 education system to provide students with the...
Submitted by Joseph Katona on Thu, August 9, 2012
Everyone a Changemaker™ Week is a wrap. Ashoka's first EACH Week took place during the last week of July, a “historic moment” for the 30-year-old citizen sector organization.Bill Drayton, Ashoka's founder and CEO, believes we can do better — to...
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...