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Igniting the Empathy Revolution!

Exciting ideas are coming to me for ways of operating the Empathy Foundation so as to ignite an Empathy Revolution!



I would love YOU to join the discussion. Lets be as way out and whacky as we like to let the ideas grow and evolve.



To join in this creative and expansive process, first watch these wonderful, inspiring and stimulating ted.com talks at the links just below, then comment if you have any bright idea pop up about our work at the… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on July 13, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments

What if you possessed a secret formula that made your child smarter, more independent, more secure

There's so much wisdom out there.......I found this one on http://www.education.com/magazine/article/attachment_parenting/



I love the fact that we are learning more and more about focusing on the joy of our children rather than belting ourselves up if we don't get it right. Interestingly this article states "...the most important thing a parent can do, if you look at the research,is understand themselves."



Attachment: The Key to Thriving Kids?

by Danielle… Continue

Added by Beth Davidson on June 25, 2009 at 5:01pm — 3 Comments

Empathetic Intelligence

I have just discovered the exciting work of Professor Roslyn Arnold, Dean of Education at the University of Tasmania. She has published a book "Empathetic Intelligence" which really resonates with new understandings. Althought these are focused at educators there's lots of learnings for us all. Check it out below!





Empathic Intelligence

Empathic Intelligence is the title of a new book by Professor Roslyn Arnold, Dean of Education at the University of Tasmania (UNSW… Continue

Added by Beth Davidson on June 25, 2009 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Oneminute Video on the Vibrations of the Heart!

Have a look at this one minute video at the Institute of Noetic Sciences - it's all about how the heart and the brain vibrate and interact.

Video

Added by Alice Aird on May 25, 2009 at 2:20pm — 3 Comments

Learn to Facilitate Parenting that can Change the Future of Humanity

Parenting Heart to Heart Facilitator’s Training



PH2HMacedon1.pdf



“A Parenting Course that can change the Future of Humanity”




Be a catalyst for coming generations of children to grow into active creators of a fair, peaceful and sustainable world.



Learn to facilitate a parenting course that helps parents connect from the heart with their…
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Added by Alice Aird on May 22, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

Practising Empathy in the Real World

One of my practices is allowing any emotion that arises to be as strong as it is, to grow and subside like a wave, without any judgment of it as good or bad. I have been experimenting with the idea that it is possible, when we allow an emotional wave to just "be" like this, to draw on the energy of the emotion, whatever its type and simply allow that energy to fuel 'right action'.



Recently I had an interesting experience of this practice when my buttons were severely pushed at… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on May 11, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Child Abuse, Shame, Rage and Violence

Child Abuse, Shame, Rage and Violence



by Mary Katherine Armstrong

http://primal-page.com/childabu.htm





This paper proposes that most violence has its roots in early childhood abuse and neglect. Whether it is a question of adolescent gang violence, adults fighting in a bar, wife and child abuse, or acts of terrorism, the origins of violence lie in abusing and shaming children. If we wish to live in a peaceful world… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on May 4, 2009 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment

Empathy Links

I am collecting websites with links to Empathy here.



Empathy Training

http://www.empathytraining.co.uk/index.html

This is a UK based training website for sales and management. Not of great interest, except to see the idea of empathy used in this way.



Parenting the At Risk Child

http://www.parentingtheatriskchild.com/Empathy.html

This is very interesting! Quote: "Just… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on April 28, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Empathy by another name?

The word empathy is not even used in this article, and yet to me it is all about empathy, by another name - see what you think and I'd love comments about the links with empathy. cheers, Alice







Parenting Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control:

Towards a New Alternative to Behavior Modification and

Understanding Why Consequences are Ineffective.




(This article is adapted from the book “Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control.”

Visit website… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on April 27, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Empathy and Community

I came across this short article on belonging and community. It seemed to me to also be talking about empathy in that, without empathy, it is very difficult to connect with, or to stay connected, with a community.

Peter Block - Community - Belonging.pdf

Added by Rita Johnston on April 6, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Graphic Postcard of Brain Development!





I received this scan of a postcard Beth recently received seeking financial contribution from Berry St (formerly called Berry St Babies Home). I know you will not be surprised at this graphic illustration. When we connect with organisations like this we strengthen all our networks, we support each other and we grow the work of… Continue

Added by Rita Johnston on April 4, 2009 at 9:38am — No Comments

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

Koala Empathy


Here is another moving story about empathy and compassion across and between the species. Just click on the link below.

Sam's_Story.pps

Added by Rita Johnston on February 24, 2009 at 7:24am — No Comments

Congratulations Empathy Foundation!



Congratulations!



How beautiful it is when a new child is born! So full of hope, potential and most importantly love.

So it is with the Empathy Foundation.



About 9 months ago Alice Aird conceived an idea of wanting to help humanity to bring about a socially and ecologically sustainable, kind and loving society. She called this idea the Empathy Project and began to share it with others. From this first… Continue

Added by Rita Johnston on February 20, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Barack Obama on Empathy



"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

Added by Rita Johnston on February 1, 2009 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

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