Empathy can be a force for radical social change, but only if we understand how to unleash it.
We normally think of empathy—the art of stepping into the shoes of another person and looking at the world from their perspective—as something that happens between individuals. But it can also happen on a mass scale and be a force for radical social change.
Empathy can create a revolution. Not one of
those old-fashioned revolutions based on
new laws or policies, but a revolution
of human relationships.
That’s what I argue in my new talk from TEDx Athens, called How to Start an Empathy Revolution. I discuss everything from human libraries to using babies to teach empathy, from museums of blindness to a unique political phone line in the Middle East.