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The Empathy Foundation's Vision

The Empathy Foundation's vision is of a world in which children grow up surrounded by people who know them and love them; where children’s ability to grow in their unique and natural way is understood and trusted; where children’s marvellous work of creating themselves, according to their true and unique nature, is supported with appropriate richly interesting environments; where children are valued and cherished in skilful ways based on our knowledge of what children need at different ages;… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on November 26, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

The Children's Academy for The Collective Heart in Katikamu, Uganda.


Read this inspiring story here!

http://thecollectiveheart.org/index.php?p=Projects

Added by Alice Aird on November 23, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Experiences Following Parenting Heart to Heart Facilitators Training

"I am able to be more real with children now. It's easier to say what I really feel, rather than trying to be sweet and nice all the time. I'm getting better at expressing my true emotions in a moderate way that suits the age of the child, and that makes all the difference. The children respond with such open hearts and we feel closer and more loving."



"I was inspired by many aspects of Robin's teaching as I have been with his writing, and it has formed part of a very profound…
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Added by Alice Aird on October 6, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Baby steps toward a more peaceful world

A Toronto educator's parenting-for-kids program has morphed into a plan to make all humanity more empathic. Pie in the sky? Its been working

Sep 13, 2009 04:30 AM

Debra Black

from thestar.com.

Please visit link: http://www.thestar.com/article/694905





Mary Gordon wants to change humanity by rewiring a child's brain — one child at a time.




A noble idea, but is it possible?



"Damn right," says the 61-year-old Gordon, who still has a… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on September 17, 2009 at 12:02am — No Comments

A Big Thank You to Robin Grille from Rita

Rota Johnston cc'd me in to her email to Robin after the Parenting Heart to Heart Course a few weeks ago and she generously allowed me to share her experience with you.



"Thank you Robin so much for the Parenting Heart to Heart Facilitator's training. For me it was transforming in many ways. One example is that I went to visit my 90 year old mother straight after the course. The "inner baby" experience really opened me to a really deep level of gratitude and appreciation for my… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on September 10, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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

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

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

Inspiring Whale Empathy Story

The Whale













Recently female humpback whale became entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighed down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on January 30, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

The Empathy Project is evolving into The Empathy Foundation!

It’s time to tell you the latest about the progress of the Empathy Project.



The great news is that there is now a team of four of us in place to establish its new form: The Empathy Foundation.



We are currently writing a draft Charter and creating an initial structure which will allow us to launch the Empathy Foundation as an organisation.



Once the draft Charter is written it will be circulated widely to attract feedback and comment and help the foundation… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on January 24, 2009 at 5:41pm — No Comments

A Quote from Robin Grille that is worth repeating

From the Preface, p xvii

“Our understanding of early childhood development has grown so rapidly in recent years that we can now say the following with unprecedented confidence: The human brain and heart that are met primarily with empathy in the critical early years cannot and will not grow to choose a violent or selfish life.”

Added by Alice Aird on January 24, 2009 at 4:54pm — 4 Comments

Can Empathy Save the World?

Alice Aird presented an interactive workshop with this intriguing title on Saturday October 4th 2008 at Early Childhood Australia’s Biennial Conference, Australia’s biggest early childhood conference.



Learn more about Early Childhood Australia



Talk Outline

Humans with strongly developed empathy are almost incapable of unprovoked violence against others, or of… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on October 30, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Stunning Quote from Robin Grille's Parenting for Peaceful World

From the Preface, p xvii

“Our understanding of early childhood development has grown so rapidly in recent years that we can now say the following with unprecedented confidence: The human brain and heart that are met primarily with empathy in the critical early years cannot and will not grow to choose a violent or selfish life.”

Added by Alice Aird on May 10, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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