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"Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives." - Oprah Winfrey
"Empathy is the very means by which we create social life and advance civilization." - Jeremy Rifkin
"In this time of economic hardship, political instability, and rapid technological change, empathy is the one quality we most need if we're going to survive and flourish in the 21st century." - Arianna Huffington
"We have to have a revolution so that all young people grasp empathy and practice it. This is the most fundamental revolution that we need to get through." - Bill Drayton

WHY WE NEED EMPATHY

The world is changing faster than ever before. To keep up--and to succeed--we need to change, too. We need to master empathy.

“The ability to understand what someone is feeling” – that’s the textbook definition of empathy.  But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more.  It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next.  In today’s rapidly changing world, everything that empathy means is critical to our success – at home, at school, and in the workplace.  Here you’ll find insights into why we think empathy matters, and we encourage you to share your own, too.

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How a popular children's series addresses the hot-button issue of 'bullying'.
How a popular children's series addresses the hot-button issue of 'bullying'.
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By Emily Cherkin

Grandparent and child

Empathy is Good for Your Grandchildren

In this post, Sandra Bryson discusses what we can learn from neurobiology studies that suggest empathy is good for children.
In this post, Sandra Bryson discusses what we can learn from neurobiology studies that suggest empathy is good for children.
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By Sandra Bryson

How Awe Can Help Students Develop Purpose

Research suggests that inducing awe in the classroom might inspire kids to find a sense of purpose in life
Research suggests that inducing awe in the classroom might inspire kids to find a sense of purpose in life
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By Greater Good Science Center

New Kids Songs Teaching Empathy

Introducing three empathy songs written and performed by Theresa Tan!
Introducing three empathy songs written and performed by Theresa Tan!
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By Theresa Tan

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