Empathy | openDemocracy

Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings and perspectives of others, and to use that understanding to guide one’s actions. It has been touted as a solution to economic, social and political problems, and as the source of radical change in schools and other institutions. But is empathy something revolutionary or just another passing fad? This series of articles interrogates these questions from a variety of perspectives.

Roots of empathy: an interview with Mary Gordon http://j.mp/156i5Ag
LENNON FLOWERS 5 September 2013
Empathy is central to education for democracy, and it can be “caught not taught” among children in schools.

Forget empathy – it’s time for radical connection http://j.mp/156iaDU
KRISTEN ZIMMERMAN 4 September 2013
In the struggle for social justice it’s not how much empathy we feel that makes the difference, but what we do with it in concrete situations.

 

Compassionate economics http://j.mp/156ibb3
MAX ZAHN 3 September 2013
What kind of economics could facilitate the liberation of all human beings? A new middle path can transform our relationship to individual and collective suffering.

 

Introducing empathy http://j.mp/156ieUi

MICHAEL ZAKARAS LENNON FLOWERS 2 September 2013
Is the “empathy revolution” just a passing fad or the key to peace and social justice? This is the first in a week-long series of articles on empathy and transformation.