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A presentation describing WeChi, an application which uses game dynamics and an algorithm developed along with a psychologist to allow kids to engage with and cultivate empathy and compassion.

A presentation describing WeChi, an application which uses game dynamics and an algorithm developed along with a psychologist to allow kids to engage with and cultivate empathy and compassion.
This presentation illustrates how the work WeChi has done in developing an Empathy Machine aligns with the Asoka Foundation's efforts to incorporate empathy in to early stage education.

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    • The Empathy Machine Powered by: 9/4/12  
    • "If you aren’t given the tools of applied empathy as a young child, we shouldn’t be blaming you – we should be blaming us.We have to have a revolution so that all young people grasp empathy and practice it.This is the most fundamental revolution that we have to get through.” — Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO,Ashoka
    • Our mission is to get WeChi in the hands of every child around the globe to help empower them to cultivate empathy and compassion
    • “Today’s ‘born-digital’ kids - the first generation to grow up with the Internet, born 1990 and later – crave gameplay in a way that older generations don’t.“ — Jane McGonigal Director of Game Research and Development, Institute for the Future
    • WeChi uses game dynamics and an algorithm developed along with a psychologist to allow kids to engage with and cultivate empathy and compassion
    • Sharing feelings and emotions can be scary: Avatars help kids share emotions in a fun and interactive way
    • Using a slider, kids can attach a range of emotions to what they share I  don’t  like   when  I  don’t   get  picked   That’s  not  fair,   it’s  my  turn!   Who  wants  to   play  with  me?   Greg’s  glasses   are  so  cool   I  got  an  A+  in   math  today  
    • And weather helps kids visualize their emotions
    • WeChi also uses weather to show how we are all connected and how our actions affect each other . . .
    • . . . and how we work together. . .
    • . . . to earn points and level-up. . .
    • . . . and kids donate their points to charities, connecting their actions to the rest of the world . . . . . . empowering them to be Changemakers
    • WITH  THE ASHOKA EMPATHY MACHINE Powered by:
    • Closed Loops Create and manage separate small or large loops
    • KIDS CAN CREATE CUSTOM AVATARS TO INCREASE ENGAGEMENT AND INVOLVEMENT IN THE SHARING PROCESS ALTHOUGH THEY PROBABLY WON’T LOOK LIKE THIS
    • They can look like this
    • Customize the algorithm to reinforce and reward different behaviors Or tie it into existing campaigns
    • “. . . far from being a trait that one either has or does not have, empathy is a skill that can be learned, practiced, and MEASURED” — Impact: Measuring Empathy Empathy.Ashoka.com
    • Measure: Individual student engagement Classroom responses to assignments Sentiment towards specific topics and events Group dynamics and connections Or custom defined metrics
    • Privacy is important to us, which is why we will NEVER share your data with anyone
    • We’re living in a world with borderless challenges, with greater diversity in our communities than ever, with less U.S. hegemony, and that means the way we have to collaborate to solve problems has changed. Dana Mortenson – Ashoka Fellow Co-Founder & Executive Director of  World Savvy
    • Powered by:
    • “WHAT THE NEW PARADIGM HAS TO BE IS: EVERY CHILD MUST MASTER EMPATHY” — Bill Drayton