Invitation to be interviewed by
One on one Video Interviews
Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy and Compassion
As an expert on the nature and experience of empathy or compassion, I'd
like to interview you on Skype video. I've interviewed many 'Empathy
Experts', including top
researchers, scientists, educators, artists, etc. Previously I
would do onsite sit-down interviews. While I still do these, I am now
interviewing empathy experts using Skype or Google Hangout video calls. If you would be willing
to share your stories, insights and experiences about the nature of empathy and
compassion, I would like to interview you. Just
send me a email and we can
line up a date and time.
Here is the process for
doing a video interview via Skype or Google Hangouts. This is a very convenient
process that you can do from the comfort of your home or office (perhaps
at a cafe or sitting on a beach in the Bahamas). In fact, it can be done
anywhere that you have a computer, fast internet access, a
microphone and webcam. (While I haven't tried it yet, I think it's even possible
to do these interviews from your smart phone using Skype mobile).
The technical parts of getting set up Skype or Google Hangouts can be found here in our
description of how to host a
panel for our conference on empathy.
The first 5 or 10 minutes of the interview are sometimes
used for setting up the technology, i.e. getting the audio levels right,
framing the video image, making sure there's no audio feedback, etc.
Once we have it working properly, it's easy to do
The interviews are
a causal conversation and last for 30 to 60 minutes. I will send
you a list of questions to begin the interview.
The video call is recorded and then
uploaded to Youtube for viewing at any time.
Once the interview is uploaded to
Youtube, we create an outline transcript of the interview and then
promote it our 30,000+ email, Facebook and Facebook Causes
I am also
working on a larger documentary on the nature of empathy and parts of
the interview my be used for that.
The interview can also be the first step in taking part
in a panel for our ongoing
International Online Conference on:
How Can We Build a Culture of Empathy and Compassion?
We invite you to take part in panel discussions.
Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy.
The main interview series is called,
'Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy.' The
interview is framed around the question of how to build a culture of
empathy and/or compassion? How can we raise the level of empathy in society? The
discussion can go in any direction from there and can be informed by
your area of expertise or personal experience. Here are some sample
Also see our
Interfaith and more...
I look forward to talking with you..
Maia Szalavitz: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy
Coauthor: Born for Love: Why Empathy Is
Essential and Endangered
Empathy - fully expressed in a community of
nurturing interdependent people - promotes health, creativity,
intelligence, and productivity. In contrast, apathy and lack of
empathy contribute to individual and societal dysfunction,
inhumane ideologies, and often brutal actions.
Huffington: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy
Arianna Huffington is president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media
Group. She is the author of numerous books including,
Fearless...in Love, Work, and Life.
Here is an
interview I did with Arianna via email.
How can we build a culture of empathy?
"To a physicist a
critical mass is the amount of radioactive material that must be present
for a nuclear reaction to become self-sustaining. For the empathy
movement, a critical mass is when the empathy habit is cultivated by
enough people that it can begin to spread spontaneously. I think of it
as an outbreak of a positive infection. And everyone has the potential
to be a carrier. So one thing we can do is to spread it as widely as
think the opposite of empathy is the projection of our own fears onto
others. We've seen this over and over again throughout American history.
In times of economic upheaval, when huge numbers of people are losing
their jobs, losing their homes, and feeling powerless to do anything
about it, it has always been the case that people look for scapegoats.
Empathy is the antidote to that."
Conference: Journalism and Media.
Frans de Waal talks with Edwin about
the Nature of Empathy
How can we build a culture of
I think it is important in society, especially at the moment.
Now that we have come out of this period where greed was so good. I
think it is important to emphasize that there are alternative ways
of looking at society. A society where solidarity is important and
caring about others is important.
Paul Ekman talks about the
Nature of Empathy and Compassion with Edwin Rutsch
How can we build a culture of
'The survival of the planet as we know it depends on global
If I was president, thank god I'm
not, I would start a Manhattan Project on global empathy. It has the
urgency of the Manhattan Project. It needs the bringing together of
the best minds in the world to focus on this issue, because there is
an urgency too it. I think Al Gore was right, that time is running
out. We can't wait 20 or 40 years to figure out what to do with this
There are many more interviews. Explore the
website for more.