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Parth Savla

1. What is your name, background and interest with training empathy?

Parth Savla, Social Entrepreneur, connector of like minded individuals and organizations.  My background is quite varied from business analytics, to sales / marketing, to managing a yoga studio, Occupy Oaklander, and now recently moved to Mumbai, India to support NGO’s and Non Profits around Values-based business development.

My interest in training empathy began nearly a decade ago when I graduated from the California Institute of Integrated Studies.  I had put together a team of folks who were committed to the value of developing empathy and compassion in youth 8-12 yrs. old.  We explored that if the muscles of empathy and kindness could be developed early on then, then things like bullying and other breakdowns that occur from isolation could be circumvented. 

 I am also a facilitator for, an alumni of Yes! World’s Yes Jams, a long time participant with Landmark Education, and a long time Vipassana meditator. 

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

Some ideas are creating a “Charter for Governance” which breaks down the “why, what, who (both participants of IETA and beneficiaries), along with a “Theory of Change” – how do we currently experience the areas where empathy is lacking and how would the cultivation of empathy make a difference in:

  •  Personal and emotional health?
  •  Interpersonal relationships?
  •  Organizational dynamics?
  • Personal performance?

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

Mostly, since I’m 12.5 hrs away, it becomes a little challenging for me to join calls, but will do my best.  I would like to use any models, workshops etc that IETA creates in some of the work that I do with NGOs.

4. How would you like to contribute of building the Association?

I would love to be part of the initial ideation phase, help test any modules, trainings, etc that we come up with.  Since I have a web development team, I’m happy to offer those services for when we are ready for that.  I am also skilled in values based strategy for fundraising, email outreach campaigns, using social media for community building, etc.

I would also like to help build bridges between Empathy Cultivation and spaces such as Mindfullness, Compassion, and Service.

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

With much work already being in the areas of Mindfulness (there are already numerous conferences), Compassion Networks, etc, how can we collaborate with other spaces and organizations?

6. Will you be able to attend some planning and design meetings?
What dates and times are good for you?

Weekends are best for me OR betw­­­­een 12p and 5p PT.

7. Any links you'd like to share.

8. Other Comments?

I'm really excited about this group and supporting its creation in any way that I can! :) 


Re: Suitable Meeting Time

Usually anytime between 10a-1p PT works for me, but I can be flexible of there is a time that works better for everyone else :) 

Re: How do you go about developing a “Charter for Governance”?  what are the steps and how would we do it for IETA?

So here are some suggestions, that we find some organizations who's values and their ways of doing things, we like and see if we can get a copy of their charters to use a models.  

I think that a good place to start would be to identify the Intentions, Vision, Mission and some thoughts around Board Creation, etc.  I've attached a copy of a Corporation's Governance Charter, which is quite dry and technical from my opinion but worth the review. 

Some interesting resources to borrow concepts and language from: 

I'll share some more resources as I find them.

MEETING 2016-06-22


I would really like to acknowledge the space of empathy on this group! For me empathy is a bidirectional process. I really appreciated the "mirroring of sharing" where the interviewer ensured that the interviewee felt heard and seen. I also want to acknowledge that despite technology breakdowns, we flowed like water and were present vs getting stuck.

I'd like to really thank Edwin for bring all of us together and acknowledge all of you from joining from so many different parts of the world. We are the "Empaths", "Empathy Stewards" and International. You are all beautiful with such deep wisdom and I'm humbled and excited to co-creating with you!

Task Ideas
  • Kathy: We can also create an internship program which would enable us to get a grant
  • Sascha: Brings up a great point, we would need to either create an association or develop programs with an existing association.
  • Kathy: It may be useful to create a list of "Ally Organizations" and co-create programs, etc.

Meeting 2016-07-06

Grays Interviews Parth

How do you find empathy is valuable to you in your work?

Moved to india, 6 months

Want to create internships

When I talk to rickshaw drivers

I play with the dogs here

Want to create a space to work with NGOs, new language,

My work with empathy - I can connect from a heart space, that is not language.

Empathy goes beyond geographical models,

Empathy touches the heart space

It does not require ???

It just requires vulnerability, safety, In that space

A problem with empathy?

A person abused their power.  It became the ‘me ‘show, instead of the ‘we’ show.

I perceived this guy being stuck and not moving

MEETING 2016-08-03