Empathy helps us to connect in a mutually beneficial way. It widens our perspectives, gives us a sense of belonging, and has the potential to help us overcome our own barriers. Empathy is not by definition kind, it is by definition adapted.
Feel free to have a look around these pages where I share and collect action, inspiration, initiatives and science. You may think I am a dreamer... but there are many all over this planet ;-). It is nevertheless striking, that this 'empathy workforce' is rather loosely connected. I made it one of my missions to gather links to their projects on this site.
Empathy experts are shooting up these days. We humans seem to be longing for a more humane version of ourselves. The more interconnected we get, the less our individualistic world-view fits us.
This renewed interest in empathy brings opportunity. Empathy is a very empowering skill, which has been around for a long time, like many other skills. The more we get to dust it off and find new ways to use this skill, the better we can face the problems we need to solve together. But beware, empathy of the kind that really moves us into beneficial action is not developed on good intentions alone. We need to practice in order to overcome our self-serving biases.
Upcoming retreat this summer from 5-12 june 2015 in France (in Dutch)
Letter of 1950, as quoted in The New York Times (29 March 1972) and The New York Post (28 November 1972)