Networks-as-Change: Expanding Empathy « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog

“In principle, empathy can override every

rule about how to treat others.” 

Frans de Waal

Yesterday’s post considered the importance and power of the empathic turn in networks-as-change, to ground people in deep connection with living realities, for the sake of greater imagination, justice, resilience and responsibility. Taking cues from experience and the work and studies of others, here are some thoughts for how to cultivate radical “affection” (to quote Wendell Berry) in networks:

Go beyond abstraction to interaction