Social Entrepreneurship, Empathy at the Heart of Rio+20 and the New Economy

And the forum featured expert debates and inspiring stories to feed these eager changemakers; the main sessions touched on critical concepts, such as empathy, new social business models, and the new challenges of social activism, while the parallel workshops brought practical examples of what is already being done (and working!) to change systems worldwide.


Empathy was the constant, unifying concept at the heart of every discussion, from the first panel, where Leonardo Boff argued that human society is transitioning from a conquest paradigm to a paradigm of care (or give-a-damn), to the last session, where Boaventura de Sousa Santos said that to make life sustainable in cities the most important value was reciprocity.