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March 2009 Blog Posts (6)

Developing Empathy in Children and Youth - by Kathleen Cotton

An extensive paper outlining definitions of empathy. It canvasses the research and strategies to enable children to empathise with others. The paper is extensively referenced to enable more extensive readings on the development of empathy in young children. United States. See Early Childhood Australia for more articles on Feelings and Empathy…



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Added by Alice Aird on March 31, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Alice Miller - The Roots of Violence

by Alice Miller

The Roots of Violence

12 points



For some years now, there has been proof that the devastating effects of the traumatization of children take their inevitable toll on society - a fact that we are still forbidden to recognize. This knowledge concerns every single one of us and - if disseminated widely enough - should lead to fundamental changes in society; above all, to a halt in the blind escalation of violence. The following points are intended to amplify my… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on March 29, 2009 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Can Empathy Save the World?

My advice is to cultivate a sense of empathy – to put yourself in other people's shoes – to see the world from their eyes.

Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.


Barack Obama: University of Massachusetts at Boston Commencement Address 2006




The care we give our children is the bedrock on which human society is built.

All adult behaviour flows from childhood experience. Nurturing children’s emotional needs and fostering empathy… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on March 22, 2009 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Shouting from the roof tops about PFPW

I feel compelled to shout from the rooftops, so here goes.



Anyone who has children, would like to have children, has children in their lives, works with children or has an interest in creating a peaceful world would benefit greatly from reading this book. That is a gigantic understatement.



I am not a parent but feel a great responsibility to future generations, reading Parenting for a Peaceful World by Robin Grille has illuminated the impact of childrearing on society, my… Continue

Added by Tathra on March 11, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Empathy Foundation: Founder and Co-founders

Alice Aird is the original founder and inspiration behind The Empathy Foundation. A science graduate, Alice taught secondary students before raising three children, serving as a Shire councillor and training women in leadership. She lives in country Victoria on an organic property surrounded by vegetable gardens and ten acres of “apple forest”. Alice is passionately committed to working with people to feel freedom and harmony, with themselves,… Continue

Added by Rita Johnston on March 10, 2009 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Empathy and our planet Earth: Changing the Dream Symposium

Last week Alice and I attended an amazing event called the “Changing the Dream” Symposium.



This experiential event awakened me to my sleeping empathy for our mother earth. I realised that I had put my numerous concerns and feelings about our planet’s future aside, feeling that I was powerless in the face of my own pain and my inability to really create any lasting change.



Here are some excerpts from the Changing the… Continue

Added by Rita Johnston on March 9, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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