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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Stephen Carrick-Davies

 

Stephen Carrick-Davies & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy Online?

 "I am an independent freelance professional working in the fast-changing field of new communications technology, predominantly where it impacts on the lives of children, parenting, schools and the wider society. I am passionate about education and helping people to use the technology to really make a positive difference. Having worked for and led innovative non-profit organizations over the last 20 years, I first and foremost love collaborating with people, making projects successful and working for change. "

 "Just as a programme like "Roots of Empathy" introduced a live baby to help children re-connect and gain an empathetic understanding and connect with their feelings so we now need a new understanding, a new "e-pathy" to remind us of our humanity and curb the actions of many internet users who risk becoming "comfortably numb."
 

 

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Stephen Carrick-Davies & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy Online?
 

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25/05/2012 - Empathy Download

If we really want to care about online influences and behaviour and stem the tide of casual cruelty, anti-social behaviour and glamorisation of violence, we can't simply blame the tools or new interactive social media and games. No, what we need is to start to creatively rekindle our understanding of empathy for a connected e-world. You can't download this as a plug-in, or a patch, Just as a programme like "Roots of Empathy" introduced a live baby to help children re-connect and gain an empathetic understanding and connect with their feelings so we now need a new understanding, a new "e-pathy" to remind us of our humanity and curb the actions of many internet users who risk becoming "comfortably numb."

 

 

19/07/2012 - Online Empathy - Erosion or Evolution?
What picture, or metaphor comes to mind, when you think of Empathy? A waiting outstretched hand, a mother stooping down to kiss a child's scraped knee, a silent long embrace at the end of a funeral service? It's different for different people because empathy by its very nature is uniquely personal. Indeed it requires a courageous leap of compassion to enter into another's personal world and imaginatively experience what that person is going through. Little wonder many of us are reluctant to go further than the sympathetic smile; true empathy involves vulnerability.
 

 

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I would like a few more questions specifically on how technology and social media in particular can help promote empathy but can also make us “comfortably numb” !

If you can have a quick look at some of the films at http://www.carrick-davies.com/mpp  that would be great as in part this project has sought to help YP re-connect with their feelings and express how they feel when things go wrong online. – please note that this project is specifically focussed on young people who are excluded from school or are particularly vulnerable. There’s a powerpoint I produced on this project if you see the slides at http://www.carrick-davies.com/research/vulnerable-young-people
Slide 19 is particularly important.