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Mireille van Bremen

1. What is your name, background and interest with training empathy?
My name is Mireille van Bremen, a Dutch national living in Slovenia for the last ten years. I have nearly twenty years of experience in the field of visual communications as an visual artist/designer and in my last employement, I lead the design department of an agency.

 A little less than four years ago I started training Nonviolent Communication which, to my delight, has brought major life transformation to me. I participated in trainings throughout Europe and the Middle East and am currently enrolled in the BayNVC Leadership program as well as the Empathic Livelyhood Program which trains me to be support people with empathic coaching. I aspire to create paths to integrate Nonviolent Communication in Visual Communication and vice versa.

2. What are your ideas for forming an International 
Empathy Trainers Association?

My guess is that empathy trainers can benefit from being organized or have access to an association because it may increase recognition, be seen, unite power and offer possibilities to co-create strategies to use this power for the collective. Is this to one person getting inspired about best practices, to someone else co-creating a training, extending network, my intention is to accept each of us are on their mission of contributing to growing a more empathic world.

 And surely, having a place to go to speak with like-minded people, connect and learn about a topic we all hold dear, yet have different experiences and knowledge about, is what I would like to see happening. Respecting our uniqueness.

3. What sort of support do you need from IETA?

Nothing specific at the moment.

4. How would you like to contribute of building the Association?
I like to contribute with graphic recordings of the meetings, whenever possible to join.

5. What questions do you have for others on the list?