What does it take to be truly empathetic: Why a giant shoebox is coming to Perth

by Rose-Anne Manns
What does it take to be truly empathetic – to understand others’ feelings and perspectives? Roman Krznaric, Sydney-born philosopher and founder of the touring Empathy Museum, knows that personal experience is the best teacher. Listening to others’ stories is the next best thing.

And that’s the step he’s asking attendees of the Perth International Arts Festival to take at the museum’s A Mile in My Shoes interactive exhibition. Visitors to its giant shoebox get to walk in the shoes of a stranger – be it a refugee, a sex worker or a FIFO worker – while listening to their audio stories.