Recommended Empathy Links
Here are some places for further inspiration.
Center for Building a Culture of Empathy: This fantastic website is a one-stop resource for all things about empathy: articles, talks, videos, discussions, science, history, interviews, and much more. You can also join causes that support empathy toward various groups.
Navigating Love and Autism: a lengthy and fascinating look at two young adults with Asperger syndrome who are in love.
The Children’s Culture Connection The Children’s Culture Connection is a nonprofit organization that helps children from cultures around the world connect with each other and get to know each other on a personal as well as general basis. It offers educational events, activities and opportunities for teachers and schools to use with their students.
Empathy in Patient Care – a book by Dr. Mohammadreza Hojat for medical professionals
The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination – J.K.Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, spoke at Harvard’s 2008 Commencement. She extolled the virtue of imagination, by which she meant empathy. Here are relevant excerpts from her speech.
Empathy Surplus Campaign – Because freedom isn’t free we strengthen America by caring for all Americans. Are we leading with empathy?
NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change
On Being – This award-winning PBS program sensitively and compassionately discusses the lives and experiences of people of every faith in deep and respectful conversations, as well as presenting the experiences of “being human” in all its many facets. Topics range widely, from “Men and Friendship,” to the experiences of a Somali woman in Minnesota, to the Dalai Lama, to the relationship of humans to nature, and so much more.
Making Caring Common – This project, from Harvard University, offers a practical, well-researching guide called “How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children.”
Respectful Communities and Conversations – The Minnesota Council of Churches strives to bring people of different faiths together respectfully and with understanding. Their motto: Join in building respectful, welcoming and just communities. They offer the opportunity to join in “Respectful Conversations” about controversial issues, including same-sex marriage, guns, and racial justice.
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