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...

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...

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...

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...

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...