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.