Empathic Kindness Theme 5 – Inspire Change

EK-005a“We typically assume empathy happens at the level of individuals, but highly empathic people understand that empathy can also be a mass phenomenon that brings about fundamental social change.”

So says Roman Krznaric in his article “Six Habits of Highly Empathic People,” what inspired the idea for this class. In fact, each of Krznaric’s defined six habits is forming the basis for each weekly theme in this class, and we’ve arrived at Week 5

In the article, Krznaric references how abolitionists gained the support of more people by telling of the plight of the people sold into slavery. And he says that unions grew out of people understanding the challenges others were having in securing decent working conditions and fair wages.

So to honor this week’s theme you are asked to do something that will inspire change in others. As you contemplate what this means to you, I encourage you to think creatively. You can inspire change by being a quiet role model and you can inspire change by being a flag-waving activist. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it resonates with your core values.