Below are videos from Ashoka's 'Empathy 101' Video Series -- where leading innovators and educators explain (in two minutes or less) how to cultivate empathy.
Feel. Imagine. Do. Share.
Ashoka Fellow Kiran Bir Sethi talks about the role of empathy in design and problem-solving. Empathy is not simply about feeling for another person: it’s how we distinguish the real problem from its superficial effects, involve those served in the solution itself, and encourage others to feel the...Read more
Parents: Start by sharing, not by asking
Empathy is something we can intentionally cultivate, not teach directly, says Ashoka Fellow Mary Gordon, Founder of Roots of Empathy. For parents, that begins with sharing your own feelings and experiences, which grows with children’s emotional literacy. Part 2 of our series on Empathy 101 (view...Read more
Unlock what kids are born with. (Play!)
Look at what kids come with, not what they lack, says Katherine Dinh, Head of Prospect Sierra. Rally kids around a common goal for social good, and create a culture in which empathy is valued, measured, and pervasive. Part 10 of our series on Empathy 101 (view the rest below)Read more
Integrate the personal and professional
Cultivating empathy is as much about modeling it yourself as it is developing it in others, says Mary Watson, Associate Dean at The New School. And that requires working environments that break down the walls between the personal and professional. Part 16 of our series on Empathy 101 (view the rest...Read more
Infuse empathy in all subject matter
Empathy isn't a subject you set aside for 30 minutes a day: it's something that must be infused throughout the school day. Margot Locker, of Harvard's GoodWork Project, gives us a window into how. Part 17 of our series on Empathy 101 (view the rest below)Read more