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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Bob Koehler

 

Bob Koehler & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy?

Bob Koehler is a journalist: reporter, editor, writer and columnist.  He is the author of Courage Grows Strong at the Wound

How to build a culture of empathy? 
1. Use Restorative justice and peace circles. 

 2. Personal awareness is always crucial:  Join healing groups and organizations; calm your fear, calm your anger; be aware of when and how you dismiss other people as less than human; stand up to wrongdoing and dismissive behavior; be aware of the pervasiveness of military metaphors and “going to war” against anything and everything; believe that a shift in collective consciousness is possible. Be loving, especially to those closest to you.

3. Be the media. Help spread the word. Know how important your voice is!

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How to Build a Culture of Empathy? Bob Koehler & Edwin Rutsch

 

 

 

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07/19/2012
- The Geopolitics of Compassion
So reads the Charter for Compassion, one of many global cries for a new way of being, which includes a new, demilitarized geopolitics. This can only happen if democracy becomes, once again, a force of history.

 

How to build a culture of empathy?

1. Use Restorative justice and peace circles:
My personal choice for bringing positive change to the world. The process is slowly changing Chicago’s schools and court system. Several good books on this, the best one being: Returning to the Teachings, by Rupert Ross. This is a practical process for creating a culture of healing.

2. Personal awareness is always crucial:
Join healing groups and organizations; calm your fear, calm your anger; be aware of when and how you dismiss other people as less than human; stand up to wrongdoing and dismissive behavior; be aware of the pervasiveness of military metaphors and “going to war” against anything and everything; believe that a shift in collective consciousness is possible. Be loving, especially to those closest to you.

3. Be the media.
Help spread the word. Know how important your voice is!