Empathy 101

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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.

Related TopicsCivic Engagement, Empathy, Every Child Practicing Empathy

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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 same way.

 

Country: 
India
Topics: 
Children & Youth

Feel. Imagine. Do. Share.

Ashoka Fellow Kiran Bir Sethi talks

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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.

Country: 
United States
Topics: 
Children & Youth

Parents: Start by sharing, not by asking

Empathy is something we can intentionally cultivate, not teach directly, says Ashoka Fellow

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Real social change begins at home, says Ashoka Fellow Eric Dawson, Founder of Peace First. So next time you ask, “how are you?” pause before rushing off without hearing the answer.

 

Country: 
United States
Topics: 
Children & Youth

Live it.

Real social change begins at home, says Ashoka Fellow Eric Dawson

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Author, noted academic, and one-time high school English teacher, Tony Wagner shares the key to building empathy in every student.

 

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Children & Youth

Validate every voice

Author, noted academic, and one-time high school English teacher, Tony Wagner shares the key to

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The key to cultivating empathy? Enable others to pay it forward, says Ashoka Fellow and founder of Time Banks, Edgar Cahn.

 

Country: 
United States
Topics: 
Children & Youth

Transform the helped to helper

The key to cultivating empathy?

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How to Change the World author David Bornstein shares the key to moral imagination.

Country: 
United States
Topics: 
Children & Youth

Build Relationships

(Hint: Differences are a good thing.)

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Forget formulas and textbook responses: empathy is about listening, says Teaching Empathy author David Levine. And that begins with teachers’ relationships to their students.

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United States
Topics: 
Children & Youth

Practice before you teach

Forget formulas and textbook responses: empathy is about listening, says Teaching Empathy author David Levine.

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Experience + Response = Outcome

Understanding others begins at home: Fresh Lifelines for Youth's Aila Malik shares a powerful tool for facilitating self-understanding.

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Imagine.

Duke University's Robert Thompson explains the intersection between empathy, creativity, and imagination.

 

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Fill your teammates' emotional tanks

Winning requires not just playing at your best, but helping your teammates play better too, says Ashoka Fellow and Positive Coaching Alliance f

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Don't react, absorb

How many times have you sat through a conversation thinking about what you're going to say, rather than what's being said?

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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

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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.

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Articulate others' feelings

Noted researcher - and parent - Chris Adkins explains the difference between "self-focused" empathy and "other-focused" empathy, and how to cul

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