“Empathy-Building” Listed As a Trend & “Fostering Empathy Through Museums” Listed As A Reference Book In The AAM – Center For The Future Of Museums’ “TrendsWatch 2017”

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It is an honor to be listed as an advisor in the preparation of the American Alliance of Museums – Center for the Future of Museums’ “TrendsWatch 2017” report, which identifies “empathy-building as a trend” in a chapter titled: “A Mile In My Shoes: Closing the Empathy Deficit.” The same chapter lists “Fostering Empathy Through Museums” as a reference book on this subject.

The full report can be accessed through the following link:  https://aam-us.org/docs/default-source/center-for-the-future-of-museums/trendswatch-2017.pdf?sfvrsn=2

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“Fostering Empathy Through Museums” was at the Minneapolis Institute of Art – U.C. Berkeley Behavioral Science Lab “Center for Empathy & Visual Arts” Workshop

 

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Just participated in a truly amazing “Visual Arts and Empathy Think Tank” at the U.C. Berkeley, where “Fostering Empathy Through Museums” was used as a reference book throughout! Hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)’s newly launched Center for Empathy and Visual Arts (CEVA) and the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab (BSI).

The workshop included 15 empathy thought leaders from left to right: Dr. Elise Ogle, Project manager, Researcher, and 3D modeler in the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University / Dr. Elif M. Gokcigdem, founder of the Empathy-Building Through Museums Initiative / Dr. Marco lacoboni, Lab Director and Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at the UCLA Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center / Dr. Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley / Dario Robleto, American transdisciplinary artist, storyteller, and citizen-scientist / Alex Bortolot, Content Strategist at Mia / Natalie Wright, Chipstone’s Charles Hummel Curatorial Fellow / Danielle Krettek, Principal and Founder of Google’s Empathy Lab / Paul Gabriel, Educational Therapist / Karleen Gardner, Director of Learning Innovation at Mia / Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Lecturer on History and Literature, Public Policy, and Education, and Director of Culture Change & Social Justice Initiatives and the Emerging Human Rights Leaders Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy / Dana Mekler, Global Manager for the Empathy Initiative at Ashoka / Dr. Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Science director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley / Dr. Sara Konrath, Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy / Kaywin Feldman, Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Empathy-building in the SANDbox

Recently participated in “The Emergent Universe” – Science and Nonduality (SAND) Conference in San Jose with a poster presentation titled: “Museums as Portals to Compassionate Worldviews Through Empathy-building.” More information on the conference can be found here: https://www.scienceandnonduality.com/SAND17/US_Program.html

To access the poster presentation shown in the picture, please click on the link below:

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“Empathy As Disruptive Innovation” at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting 2017, St. Louis, MO

Team “Fostering Empathy Through Museums” presented “Empathy as Disruptive Innovation” at the American Alliance of Museums 2017 Annual Meeting in St. Louis!

Abstract: Empathy, the ability to feel like another, is a catalyst for behavioral change. Understanding the conditions that foster empathy might be the disruptive innovation that inspires solutions to a range of local and global challenges. Museums can contribute to human socioemotional development that advances positive societal progress through experiential learning, narratives about shared humanity and our planet, and as forums for reflection and dialogue. Four museum representatives will examine the role of empathy as an institutional core value, as integral to the curatorial, design, and educational program development processes, and as an intentional outcome in behavioral change.

“Empathy as Disruptive Innovation” –Presenting at the AAM Annual Meeting, 2017

“Empathy as Disruptive Innovation” –Presenting at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 7. Please attend our session if you are also at the conference!

http://annualmeeting.aam-us.org/blog/event/empathy-as-disruptive-innovation/

Abstract: Empathy, the ability to feel like another, is a catalyst for behavioral change. Understanding the conditions that foster empathy might be the disruptive innovation that inspires solutions to a range of local and global challenges. Museums can contribute to human socioemotional development that advances positive societal progress through experiential learning, narratives about shared humanity and our planet, and as forums for reflection and dialogue. Four museum representatives will examine the role of empathy as an institutional core value, as integral to the curatorial, design, and educational program development processes, and as an intentional outcome in behavioral change.