Empathy Museum: To understand others, we need to walk in their shoes – literally, says philosopher Roman Krznaric

This September, the contemporary philosopher and empathy expert Roman Krznaric will open the Empathy Museum, the world’s first museum dedicated to helping visitors develop the skill of putting themselves in others’ shoes.

Empathy, the ability to understand others, has been sidelined in the past decades, while we have focused on a hyper-individualistic, consumerist race to serve ourselves whatever the cost to others. So Krznaric, along with a whole school of social and cultural thinkers, believes that we should deploy empathy to sort out the mess we’re in.