How might we build a mutually supportive Empathy Trainers Association?
Meeting 2: June 8th, 10am to 12pm (PST Pacific Time)
From the June 8th IETA meeting.
In the interview of MICHAEL SHEELY http://j.mp/24FOFnd
a pain point/problem arose that we talked about and brainstormed on as a group.. Post any ideas about solutions to this problem. I've structured this conversation along the lines of the human-centered design process.
As a empathy trainer, Michael said, ' I want to know how to touch and reach those people who say: Can you really train empathy? You have to be careful with too much empathy!
I want to create a common understanding of what empathy means. The word empathy is not being useful to connect with some people. Too much time is spent on what it is and isn’t, if it is good or bad, rather than learning the skills. The word is confusing for a lot of people. We are wasting our precious time arguing about the word. We need to understand each other, we need connection, we need to acknowledge how we are all in this together.'
lack of common understanding of what empathy means causes confusion and disconnection.
Feelings: confusion, disconnection,
Unmet Needs: understanding, clarity, connection.
HMW: How might we create a common and clear understanding of what empathy is so that we can better connect with people?
Ideation: Brainstorming Solution Ideas
* Michael will lead a workshop on creating a common and clear
understanding of what empathy is.
see the definitions section of the Empathy Training Literature Review and Wiki http://j.mp/24FOxnM
* Use Empathic Inquiry to hold a workshop on coming up with a common definition.
Empathic Inquiry (Dynamic Inquiry) is a empathy based group process practiced by Rosa Zubizarreta.
* Creating a definition would be an ongoing work in progress. Don't get it too fixed and ridged.
* It should not just be a definition but ways of experiencing
* Demonstrate and have the experiences of empathy not just a dry written
* Have a video of people experiencing empathy. See peoples facial experience as they feel deep empathy.
How might we
* How might we create deep empathy feelings and experiences?