Evolving Empathy, personal and systemic

I see four directions for evolving empathy and using it to heal and transform civilization:

  • expanding empathy itself,
  • spreading empathic practices,
  • creating cultures that evoke empathy, and
  • creating social systems that promote empathic outcomes whether or not the individuals in those systems feel empathy.

I’ll explore each of these below, offering just a taste of examples and resources in each category. Many more exist and could exist.

An entire movement could be built around transforming the world through empathy – a movement which would include but reach far beyond calling on individuals to be more empathic.
by Tom Atlee