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This blog celebrates empathy, compassion, altruism, generosity and kindness
in support of
 positive, sustainable social change. It’s also meant to remind you
of our innate goodness and eternal oneness.

 

Building Racial Empathy, the J.E.D.I. way

Building Racial Empathy, the J.E.D.I. way

Now that it’s back to-school time, I invite you to think about JEDI warriors. Not the Star Wars heroes we grew up loving. I mean the folk who stand up for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Why is this so important? Because we are far from an inclusive...

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The Role of Empathy in Mental Health

The Role of Empathy in Mental Health

There has long been a stigma surrounding mental illness. When we think of this stigma, it is natural to consider the worst version of it – the kind that leads to outright discrimination. However, that’s not what impacts the majority of people facing poor mental health...

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Amusez-vous, merde!! Philippe Gaulier, French Master Clown

Amusez-vous, merde!! Philippe Gaulier, French Master Clown

“Theater clowning is not a technique but a personal journey to our unique way of experiencing and expressing the clown's "jester freedom." The red nose is the smallest mask in the world. Through our inner clown we experience qualities such as spontaneity and the joy...

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3 Things You Can’t Take Back

3 Things You Can’t Take Back

Gratitude. A simple word that holds the gift of forgiveness and connection to the present moment. Hard as I try, I don’t remember when I made the decision to live forward. What I recall is a conversation I had with my now departed dad in the summer of 1995. It was...

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How to build an #EmpathyGeneration

How to build an #EmpathyGeneration

January 2017, North London. I could hear a group of sixteen year-olds climb four floors of the school’s science building to reach my classroom, chanting: “U gang, U gang, U gang!” My class was composed of twenty-one boys. Boys only – a decision made by senior...

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Why Weaving (not that kind!) should be on your Bucket List

Why Weaving (not that kind!) should be on your Bucket List

“The central journey of modern life is moving self to service.” - Relationalist Manifesto One of my former students is a Rhodes Scholar. While studying at Oxford, Joanna attended two retreats with her fellow Rhodies. The first was called Service and Leadership. The...

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Thank you, Sesame Street, for always promoting empathy

Thank you, Sesame Street, for always promoting empathy

I’m sure you know the alphabet song. Go, ahead, sing it in your head. Now, what about the melody for counting from one to twelve? If you grew up in the 70s like me, you know the Ladybug’s Picnic or this other Sesame Street classic. (Apologies if either tune sticks in...

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