ASHOKA’SEMPATHYINITIATIVE
“In this time of economic hardship, political           instability, and rapid technological change, empathy              ...
“If you aren’t given the tools of applied empathyas a young child, we shouldn’t be blaming you – weshould be blaming us. W...
WHAT IS EMPATHY?   The ability to understand the   feelings and perspectives of others   and to use that understanding to ...
imagine aworld whereevery childmastersempathy
whereempathy is asfundamentalas reading andmath in earlyeducation
where parentsprioritizeempathy intheir children,and help themdevelop it
whereinstitutionscultivateempathylearning andpractice
It’s time to
Start Empathy is a globalnetwork of social entrepreneurs,educators, thought leaders,parents, young people, businessleaders...
The world is changing—faster than everbefore—from a society run by elites to asociety in which everyone can drive change.I...
1. CHANGE THE CONVERSATIONCreating a world in which every child masters empathy as readily as they do math orreading will ...
Through strategic use ofdigital and traditional media,and both online and offlineevents and actions, we willcultivate under...
We are partnering with leadingorganizations to reach parents, educators,students and thought leaders to promoteempathy lea...
2. ACCELERATE EMPATHY ENTREPRENEURSAshoka has a critical mass of Fellows who are currently working with children andyoung ...
Jill Vialet,             Eric Dawson,                Mary Gordon,             Molly Barker,Playworks                Peace ...
3. TIP ELEMENTARY SCHOOLSAshoka is identifying influential elementary schools and school networks—public,public charter, a...
Many schools across the countryare modeling the impact of makingempathy a priority and how to do it.
By engaging themost influential ofthese schools aroundthe Start Empathyvision, connectingthem to the StartEmpathy network,...
Contact:empathy@ashoka.orghttp://empathy.ashoka.org
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  1. 1. ASHOKA’SEMPATHYINITIATIVE
  2. 2. “In this time of economic hardship, political instability, and rapid technological change, empathy is the one quality we most need if we’re going to survive and flourish in the 21st century.” Arianna Huffington“I want my son to be respected in his classroom not because hegot a perfect on his SAT’s, not because he’s the smartest kid in theclass. I want him to be respected because he’s the best teacher inthe class; because he communicates well; because he has empathyfor his peers; because he’s always willing to stop what he is doing tohelp one of his friends.” Sal Khan, Khan Academy “Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” Oprah Winfrey
  3. 3. “If you aren’t given the tools of applied empathyas a young child, we shouldn’t be blaming you – weshould be blaming us. We have to have a revolutionso that all young people grasp empathy and practiceit. This is the most fundamental revolution that wehave to get through.” Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO, Ashoka
  4. 4. WHAT IS EMPATHY? The ability to understand the feelings and perspectives of others and to use that understanding to guide one’s actions.
  5. 5. imagine aworld whereevery childmastersempathy
  6. 6. whereempathy is asfundamentalas reading andmath in earlyeducation
  7. 7. where parentsprioritizeempathy intheir children,and help themdevelop it
  8. 8. whereinstitutionscultivateempathylearning andpractice
  9. 9. It’s time to
  10. 10. Start Empathy is a globalnetwork of social entrepreneurs,educators, thought leaders,parents, young people, businessleaders, journalists, universities,philanthropists and others whoare connecting, collaborating, andaligning knowledge and resourcesto make empathy learning anorm, particularly in childhood.
  11. 11. The world is changing—faster than everbefore—from a society run by elites to asociety in which everyone can drive change.In this new world, empathy plays a crucialrole in innovation, changemaking, and solvingentrenched systemic problems. We need theskill of applied empathy to :
  12. 12. 1. CHANGE THE CONVERSATIONCreating a world in which every child masters empathy as readily as they do math orreading will not be the work of one or two players in education, or even a few hundred.It demands all of us. Ashoka seeks to catalyze a shift in mindset across society,helping educators, parents, and others understand more clearly what success lookslike in today’s rapidly changing world, and why it’s essential that children grow upmastering empathy and other skills that will enable them to be effective changemakersthroughout their adult lives.
  13. 13. Through strategic use ofdigital and traditional media,and both online and offlineevents and actions, we willcultivate understanding ofand demand for empathy asan essential skill. Start empathy, please (and start it in schools)
  14. 14. We are partnering with leadingorganizations to reach parents, educators,students and thought leaders to promoteempathy learning and practice.
  15. 15. 2. ACCELERATE EMPATHY ENTREPRENEURSAshoka has a critical mass of Fellows who are currently working with children andyoung people, as well as many others whose innovations contribute to a moreempathetic society. We are mobilizing this community to collaborate toward the visionof a world where every child masters empathy. We are also identifying and electing newAshoka Fellows who are developing pattern-changing models that will cultivate deepercollective capacities for empathy across society.
  16. 16. Jill Vialet, Eric Dawson, Mary Gordon, Molly Barker,Playworks Peace First Roots of Girls on the runCultivating safe Partnering with Pre-K-8 Empathy Using physical andearly environments schools to build safe, emotional training to help Bringing babies into girls challenge the statusfor play. effective school climates classrooms to help quo and see themselves where children learn how students understand as part of a healthy, to be engaged and their feelings and the79% active citizens. feelings of others. well-balanced society.of teachers said thatbullying at recess has 400,000decreased 95% 39% girls served in the US & Canada since 1996 of students said that decreased social65% they understand how aggression of students 191said that more other people feel active councils in 46students haveon-task behavior in 84% 78% states, and 37,000 increased helping volunteers engaged inthe classroom said that they want to behavior of students 2010-2011 alone come to school more
  17. 17. 3. TIP ELEMENTARY SCHOOLSAshoka is identifying influential elementary schools and school networks—public,public charter, and private—that are ready to help lead this transformation in education.We are collaborating with these schools to develop and showcase models of schoolenvironments that integrate empathy as a core learning objective and strategy. Withthese model schools and the Initiative’s other partners, we seek to inspire and enableother schools to clearly identify, and then assess, the habits and skills young peopleneed to be effective, solution-oriented, empathetic citizens.
  18. 18. Many schools across the countryare modeling the impact of makingempathy a priority and how to do it.
  19. 19. By engaging themost influential ofthese schools aroundthe Start Empathyvision, connectingthem to the StartEmpathy network,highlighting theirefforts, and distillingand broadcastingtheir core strategies,we’re helpingaccelerate theseschools’ leadershipin transformingeducation.
  20. 20. Contact:empathy@ashoka.orghttp://empathy.ashoka.org
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