The Empathy Center Hosts Its First Virtual Empathy Summit Jul 1 2023. Share In This Experience For One Hour or All Four Hours
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
Speaker National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation
Clinical Psychologist and Social Activist
16 Guidelines for Life Teacher
Managing Partner Authentic Leadership Center
Liz Gannon Graydon
Peace Alliance Board Chair/Co-Founder and President What BETTER Looks like
Merveille Gakuba Rwandan Mental Health Counselor and Genocide Survivor
Jeremy Solomons UK/US Leadership Consultant and Peace Activist will Co-Present
PROGRAM 8 AM PT/11 AM ET/4 PM BST/5 PM CET
Jeremy Solomon and Merveille Gakuba: Empathy in the Peace and Reconciliation Process from a Rwandan Perspective: This interactive, practical session will be co-designed and co-facilitated by Rwandan mental health counselor and Genocide survivor, Merveille Gakuba, and UK/US leadership consultant and peace activist, Jeremy Solomons, who are married and raising a baby peacemaker Max in Kigali. LinkedIn
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.
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: Founding Director Center for Building a Culture of Empathy Find Edwin on LinkedIn or email at EdwinRutsch@gmail.com
Linda Bass: Arbitrator, Credentialed Mediator, Empathy Circle Facilitator, Empathy Circle Trainer Linda's Bio
B.J. Guiden: B. J. Guiden is a Credentialed Distinguished Mediator, Empathy Circle Facilitator, HR Consultant and Transformative Mediator. More about B.J. Guiden at GuidenCounsulting.com
Kathy Kidd: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Empathy Center Circle Facilitator, Peace Alliance Program Coordinator
MEET OUR PARTNERS
Empathy Center Building the movement for a more empathic culture.
Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom FDCW supports people in developing a warm heart and a wise mind.
Peace Alliance Educate, advocate, and mobilize people into action to transform systems and public policy toward a culture of peace.
Listen First Project A network of 500+ bridging organizations, leads the collaborative movement to heal America by bridging divides.
Conflict Transformation, Peacebuilding and Security (CoPeSe) A leading network on peacebuilding and conflict transformation, counting more than 60k members. Shares and retrieves the newest information on peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation NCDD is a network of innovators who bring people together across divides to discuss, decide, and take action together, on today’s toughest issues.
International Listening Association (ILA) is a global family with a common bond – advancing listening practice, teaching, and research worldwide.
MEET OUR SPONSOR: Potluck Action Created the Empathy Circle App making it easier to host online Empathy Circles. Potluck Action is offering a 14-day free trial.
Become a Summit Partner or Sponsor Email EdwinRutsch@gmail.com
REGISTER HERE: FREE JULY 1 EMPATHY SUMMIT
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How Might Empathy Improve Your Life?
Empathy can have a significant positive impact on your life in a variety of ways:
Better relationships: Empathy enables you to understand and connect with others at a deeper level. By being able to put yourself in someone else's shoes, you can appreciate their perspective, feelings, and experiences. This, in turn, can foster more meaningful and fulfilling relationships.
Improved communication: Empathy can also help you communicate more effectively. When you understand the other person's emotions and feelings, you can respond appropriately, and in a way that resonates with them. This can help avoid misunderstandings, conflicts, and improve overall communication.
Reduced stress: Empathy can also help reduce stress and increase your emotional resilience. By being able to recognize and validate your own feelings, you can also better manage your emotions and cope with difficult situations.
Personal growth: Empathy can help you become more open-minded and accepting of different perspectives. This can help you develop a more nuanced understanding of the world around you, expand your horizons, and become more compassionate and understanding towards others.
Empathy can enrich your life by boosting your communication skills, by improving your relationships, by strengthening emotional resilience, and by enhancing personal growth.
Listening is the First Step to Empathy
Listening can have a significant positive impact on your life in variety of ways:
Better relationships: Listening is essential to building strong and meaningful relationships. When you truly listen to someone, you demonstrate that you value and respect their perspective. This can foster trust, empathy, and intimacy, which are critical to developing healthy relationships.
Improved communication: Listening is a crucial aspect of effective communication. By listening carefully to others, you can better understand their needs, desires, and concerns. This, in turn, can help you respond more appropriately, clarify misunderstandings, and avoid conflicts.
Learning and growth: Listening can also help you learn and grow. When you listen to others, you expose yourself to new ideas, perspectives, and experiences. This can broaden your horizons, challenge your assumptions, and help you develop a more nuanced understanding of the world around you.
Reduced stress: Listening can also help reduce stress and anxiety. When you listen to others, you show that you care, which can help alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness. Additionally, active listening can help you better manage your own emotions and respond more effectively to challenging situations.
Listening can improve your life by enhancing your relationships and your communication skills. You are more open to learning when you are open to listening and this leads to emotional well-being.
How Might Engaging in Open Dialogue Improve Your Life?
Dialogue is the exchange of ideas and perspectives between individuals or groups. Open dialogue can have several positive impacts on your life, including:
Improved understanding: Dialogue can help increase your understanding of different perspectives, cultures, and ideas. It can provide an opportunity to learn from others and broaden your perspective.
Better relationships: Dialogue can also help improve relationships by fostering mutual respect, empathy, and understanding. Through open and honest communication, individuals can build stronger connections and more meaningful relationships.
Conflict resolution: Dialogue can be a powerful tool for resolving conflicts. When individuals engage in constructive dialogue, they can identify areas of agreement and work together to find solutions to disagreements.
Personal growth: Dialogue can also help facilitate personal growth by challenging your beliefs and assumptions, encouraging self-reflection, and providing new insights and perspectives.
Community building: Dialogue can help build a sense of community and promote social cohesion. Through dialogue, individuals can come together to identify shared values and goals, and work towards a common purpose.
Open dialogue can improve your life by promoting understanding thereby improving relationships. Open dialogue is helpful in resolving conflicts, building community and enhancing personal growth.