Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative in Education Website Launches

The world is changing – faster than ever before – from a society run by elites to a society in which everyone can be a changemaker. In this new world, empathy is one of the most important skills. Every individual needs the skill of empathy to succeed. Empathy is foundational to the ability to resolve conflict, to collaborate in teams, to align interests, to listen effectively and make decisions where there are no rules or precedents, to solve problems and drive change.Working with our global network of AshokaFellows and other partners, we aim to create a world committed and equipped to ensuring that every child masters empathy.



Empathy plays a crucial role in innovation, changemaking, and solving entrenched systemic problems. We need the skill of applied empathy – the ability to understand what other people are feeling and to guide one’s actions in response – to succeed in teams, to solve problems, to lead effectively, to drive change.