Empathy, Compassion and Nonviolent Intervention

“I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.”
–Maya Angelou

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(Botticelli’s La primavera is set in a bitter orange grove. . .  What does this have to do with our show? Read below…)

Empathy and compassion are essential to personal well-being. They are also skills we can develop that help us to resolve conflict nonviolently. On today’s show we talk with Mica Stumpf and Peijman Kouretchian of Emergency Peace Teams about their research on Empathy—what it is and what it is not. Learn about their work on an “empathy app” for smart-phones, and get some good ideas for nonviolence workshops by listening to them model the practice of empathy. Our second guest is Mark Andreas, author of Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree: 61 Stories of Creative and Compassionate Ways out of Conflict. Mark offers some real-life accounts of compassion in action and engages us to think about what we might do in the same situations. The stories offer not only inspiration, they provide us with insights into who we are and how we can continue to develop our human capacity for nonviolence. All this and your regular dose of nonviolence in the news. Enjoy the show!