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Dear Friends and Supporters
I'd like to hear from you. What are your needs for empathy? What would support you in developing a more empathic way of being in your life, family and community?  Send me an email and I'll try to address those needs in the next newsletters. In this second newsletter we are focusing on listening.  Like any skill, deeply listening or being deeply heard, takes practice, practice, practice.

One of the most effective ways I've found for practicing listening is to have an empathy buddy, i.e. another person(s) with whom to dialog with on a regular basis. Another highly effective process is taking part in a regular Empathy Circle.  This circle process was developed for small groups (3 to 5 people) to speak, listen and dialog in a structured way that maximizes mutual and reciprocal empathy.

Warmly,
Edwin Rutsch
Director, Center For Building a Culture of Empathy 

(Painting is by Mary Cassatt, who did amazing work in painting the feeling of empathy and care in families).

 

As Carl Rogers says,
it feels really good to be heard, seen, empathized with and acknowledged. It is one of the most important qualities for healing and well-being. 

Steven Covey
 the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, talked a lot about empathic listening in his work. He mentions how we are often not listening deeply to others, but are planing on what to say next.  Empathy Circles are a good way to practice that deep listening.
 

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Our teams use the Empathic Design Process (also called human-centered design) to nurture more empathy in families.  Supporting families with listening, dialog and deeper connection is perhaps the most effective way to create a more caring world. We will be forming new teams online and in the Bay Area starting in August. You are invited to join us.

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