The Empathy Center Hosts Its First Virtual Empathy Summit Jul 1 2023. Share In This Experience For One Hour or All Four Hours
"The Empathy Listening Circles Summit was a fantastic experience and the turnout was over and above all expectations. Thanks Edwin for your vision, and outstanding job Kathy. Zak, Linda, Wendy and all cohort from around the world you are appreciated." BJ Guiden
July's Summit Features Topics Exploring How Mutual Empathy, Listening and Dialogue Can Decrease Polarization, Improve Relationships, Constructively Approach Conflict and Build Stronger Communities
SPEAKERS AND HOSTS
Clinical Psychologist and Social Activist
16 Guidelines for Life Teacher
Managing Partner Authentic Leadership Center
Liz Gannon Graydon Speaker and Peace Alliance Board Chair/Co-Founder and President What BETTER Looks like
Merveille Gakuba is a Mental Health Counseling Student & Survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsis
Merveille will be interviewed by Jeremy Solomons, UK/US Leadership Consultant and Peace Activist
PROGRAM 8 AM PT/11 AM ET/4 PM BST/5 PM CET
Merveille Gakuba and Jeremy Solomons will co-lead a session on: Empathy in the Peace and Reconciliation Process from a Rwandan Perspective. Merveille is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsis and a mental health counseling student. She will be interviewed by Jeremy who is a UK/US leadership consultant and peace activist. Merveille and Jeremy are married and raising a baby peacemaker, Max, in Kigali.
B.J. Guiden Credentialed Distinguished Mediator has twenty years of experience as an innovative, transformative mediator. She is a Certified Legal Assistant and is certified with the U.S. Post Office as a Senior Federal Mediator. B.J. is certified in Human Resource Management and Training and Development. She has hosted a radio show called Ask the Mediator. (A.T.M.) B.J. is also an Empathy Circle Facilitator. B.J. will share her view on The Role of Empathy in Equity.
Courtney Breese NCDD Executive Director: The value of dialogue in our lives. Courtney Breese of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) will share what dialogue really is, and how practicing dialogue in our lives can benefit us and our world. She will share the resources of NCDD and ways to get started in this practice.
Liz Gannon Graydon Peace Alliance Board Chair and Co-Founder and President of What BETTER Looks Like, a nonprofit organization that taps into the creative potential of people to help solve problems in their local communities. Liz taught middle school Social Studies and English for 16 years. It was during her years as a teacher that she gained the inspiration and the tools for the work of What BETTER Looks Like, the core work of which is to foster the development of Beloved Community. Liz will speak to The Roles of Listening, Empathy and Dialogue in Fostering the Beloved Community.
Lou Zweier Managing Partner and Coach at Authentic Leadership Center, Co-Creator of the Empathy Circle Facilitation Training, and Co-Chair of the Sonoma County Braver Angels Alliance, will present on the role of “connection before education” in depolarizing dialogue, and the relational dynamics and skills that contribute to or block connection.
PROGRAM 9 AM PT/12 PM ET/5 PM BST/6 PM CET
Victoria Coleman: FDCW Executive Director LinkedIn
Niv Agam: Clinical Psychologist and Social Activist, Niv shares his experience founding Dreamers Home, a non-profit in Israel, dedicated to sharing the 16 Guidelines and other programs to promote peace and to promote social harmony based on universal values. He shares what he has learned on this journey about respect, patience and perseverance in sharing tools for peace in areas of conflict and suspicion. He proposes that empathy, when applied wisely, can become the glue for a cohesive self, a cohesive community, a harmonious society and a peaceful world.
Mabel Odessey: 16 Guidelines for Life Teacher Mabel Odessey will share how the power of the 16 Guidelines and mindfulness training has improved her listening skills, mutual understanding and perspective taking. She explores the value of empathy in guiding our behaviour for a happier, more fulfilling life. Mabel will share a short reflective practice on mindfulness and empathy. LinkedIn
EMPATHY CIRCLE BEGINS 10:15 AM/PT/1:15 PM ET/6:15 PM BST/7:15 PM CET
The final 90 minutes of the Empathy Summit will offer an opportunity to participate in an empathy circle. No experience needed. Please Note: Some sessions could run longer.
We have factored that in to allow for ending on time at
12:00 PM PT/ 3 PM ET/8 PM BST/9 PM CET.
EMPATHY SUMMIT PROGRAM HOSTS AND FACILITATORS
Edwin Rutsch: Founded the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy to promote and foster the value and experience of empathy. Edwin states, “I'm working to build a movement to support building a global culture of empathy. I'm looking at nurturing societal transformation, where empathy becomes the primary social and cultural value in world culture.” Edwin and his brother Charles Rutsch are establishing an Empathy Based Educational Retreat Center in Santa Barbara CA. A major aspect of the retreat center will be working to bridge personal, social and political divides with mutual listening, empathy, constructive dialogue and education. Edwin was also a candidate in the Democratic primary for California’s 8th congressional district in 2022. Find Edwin on LinkedIn or email at EdwinRutsch@gmail.com.
Linda Bass is an Empathy Circle Facilitator Trainer. She has an MA in Psychology and has over thirty (30) years professional experience property and casualty insurance, and litigation management. Her passion is alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Ms. Bass currently contracts with the TX Dept of Insurance Surprise Billing Department and Texas Better Business Bureau as a mediator and as an arbitrator. She has supported mediators through the development and training of quality mediation and conflict resolution techniques. She continues to actively support ADR initiatives as a Credential Mediator, a member of the Texas Association of Mediator (TAM) and as past VP of Tarrant County Association of Mediators (TCAM).
EMPATHY SUMMIT SERIES LINKS TO SHARE
Empathy Summit Website: https://EmpathySummit.com
Empathy Summit Jul 1: https://EmpathySummit.com/dates/july-1-2023
Empathy Summit Sep 1: https://www.empathysummit.com/dates/september-2-2023
Empathy Summit Citizen Connect: https://bit.ly/ESJul1CC
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Do You Have Any Comments or Questions?
What topics would you suggest for future Summits?
(A1) If Yes, what is the reason you will attend again?
Why are you interested in taking part in this Empathy Summit?
to learn more
I’d a scholar practitioner who works in empathy research and education at High Point University
This is going to be really great. The beginning of a really fruitful and beneficial collaboration for the benefit of countless beings.
I am working on a peacebuilder careers project (yet unpublished) that helps provide training and opportunities for young adults to enter into the peacebuilding field. I would like to attend this summit to learn more about the concept of empathy and how we can advocate for empathy training and principles to be adopted by young peacebuilders.
To be a better listener and observer
Learn more about empathic communication
I am an academic researcher and run immersive empathy workshops
To support development of cultures of empathy
I did empathy circles with XR in the past, and found them most effective. I'd like to participate and learn more.
To learn more about the summit, understanding how empathy and compassion can help me cope with negative self beliefs.
Who doesn't need more empathy and understanding
I will be volunteering at the Maitreya School for 5 months. This school uses the 16 Guidelines.
Very interested in bridging divides
Always interested in practicing empathy
To increase my ability to support others and myself.
Just qualified as a counsellor and I am manager of a mental health self-management and peer support project. Would like to start an empathy circle.
Empathy is the essential ingredient in civilization. We need lots more.
We need to open communication and break down barriers.
To learn more about empathy.
To help bring more empathy into my community.
To facilitate my professional and civic work
I am NVC practitioner and always interested in what I can learn more on empathy and specifically empathy circles. I am also the incoming head of mindfulness at UWC Thailand and have the vision of bringing empathy circles as part of the mindfulness activities there.
Generate more empathy across my organisation/team and work with Children and Teens via Empathy programs
Peacebuilding non-profit ideas
already part of Empathy Movement
I would like to listen how the host talk about empathy.
For professional and personal reasons
I work with children and teens
I have attended similar functions and always love ways to grow and create a peaceful empowering environment as a person to others. Developing deeper understanding and skills to offer both support and open dialog to both share information, stories, ideas or even as a place for one to just lay ideas or thoughts to get it off their minds.
Because I want to learn more about a good communication with everybody
I will be joining the volunteers group in July and I am also planning to be a speaker for the Nov Empathy Summit. My work is surrounded by peacebuilding, restorative, and empathy-based principles. I have worked with schools and community organizations for about 30 + years in both Southern and Northern California. I would love to remain engaged with the Santa Barbara Empathy Center work as a volunteer and a future partner & collaborator.
I'd like to observe the process/dialogue and develop some of the skills involved, as well as all the reasons listed in the "why attend" list of the form.
As a people leader, I'm always interested in developing my people skills
I believe it will help me tremendously in my relationship with people I come in contact with every where.
To unlearn & relearn on social media issues
To learn more professional skills for my community peacebuilding efforts
Connection between empathy and peace.
Always interested in advancing peace in humanity
Empathy Energizer w/in Peace & Justice Community
I believe everything presents itself for a reason and my draw to this means there is something valuable that I need to discover
Build stronger and better relationship
To learn and grow
To build and participate in a culture of empathy
Because I want to learn more about empathy
As a mindfulness coach, attending this summit will provide me deeper insight into bringing and cultivating empathy with my audience
Studying this concept.
I love empathy circles
I would like to learn more
To learn from other
To broaden my knowledge on different tools to understand our world, and introduce it to the people that have not practiced it before.
Improve listening skills
Interested to know how to be a better communicator
I am a regular participant of the weekly Empathy Circles and would like to learn more about the process.
I am new, in future I would like to…
Registered Nurse, Ordained Minister
To be inspired and to learn from others and to share.
We promote empathic listening
To hear the speakers and meet new people
to learn how to effectively LISTEN, which when these letters are rearranged, spell S-I-L-E-N-T ;-) and how to have genuine empathy
gain knowledge and improve skills
Enduring Confilictual Behaviour by the German Military (and Police) against Peace Facilitators / Working On Conflict Workers.
Interested in sharing empathy
To hear Niv Agam
I'm faced with many conflicts around and am longing for more knowledge on empathic connection
I want to learn more about empathizing
Used to be part of some.
To learn more about what you do and how I can contribute
To gain different insight
Engage more out of empathy