RootsCamp San Francisco: Building A Culture of Empathy
I attended and made a short video of the
RootsCamp San Francisco Conference. I asked attendees about the role of
empathy in their lives, community organizing and work.
"RootsCamp emerged in 2006 as a revolutionary "unconference."
Instead of relying on the tired old format of workshop proposals and a
pre-set agenda, RootsCamp is a dynamic participant-led event that brings
organizers together to learn from each others successes and failures. "
Netroots California 2010: Building A Culture of
Empathy - San Francisco, Nov 6, 2010
I attended and made a short video of the Netroots
California Conference. I asked attendees about the role of
empathy in their lives and work. At future progressive conferences, I'd
love to see some workshops or panel sessions on progressive values and
especially on empathy as the foundation of those progressive values.
Empathy is really the unifying value, the glue, that connects us and all
these different issues. One aspect that's needed is to connect the
various progressive issue silos and strategies back to a common core
value of empathy, a common foundational morality of standing in each
others shoes and looking through each others eyes.
How does empathy relate to Health Care, Education, War, Environment,
Economy and Jobs, Global Warming, Death Penalty, Immigration, etc. etc?
How can each and every issue be connected back to this foundational
value? How can progressives learn to empathize with conservatives and
vice versa? How does fear, judgments, coercion, domination, analysis,
correcting, ignoring, etc. etc, get in the way of deeper empathy and
connection? We need to start a dialog about how can we build a culture