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Emerging Insights 2018: Youth

With 1.8 billion people, 25% of the total global population, between 10 and 24, strategizing a better future for young people is of utmost importance. Our Fellows this year are helping to resolve the youth paradox by recognizing the importance of personalized and local context in facilitating opportunities for young people to lead.

 

David Brooks: What girls and women get right about empathy and connection

A study at the University of Michigan in 2010 found that college students were 40 percent less empathetic than they were in the 1980s.

The good news is that, . . . many people, including many feminists, are figuring out practically how to teach empathy.

One of the authors in “The Crisis of Connection” is Mary Gordon, who founded the Roots of Empathy project. Once a month, a parent and an infant visit a classroom of children and sit on a green blanket. The children gather around them to talk about what the infant is doing.