Today's Empathy Cafe will be on Empathy as the source of creativity and action.
Join Edwin Rutsch and others for an empathy circle. Our intention for the circle is to foster and build a local empathic community. That is to nurture empathy for ourselves (self-empathy), empathic connection in the circle, as well as, in the larger society & world.
Open to experienced nvc people, as well as those who don't even know what nvc stands for, but appreciate empathetic listening. This is an opportunity to build and establish a sense of community and connection.
In the first 30 minutes we will do empathic listening around our topic and/or whatever is alive in us.
Then Edwin will introduce us to a taste of "Creative Empathic Design,"also called "human-centered design." This segment will involve creative brainstorming strategies to meet some of the needs that were identified during our empathy circle sharing and to raise the level of empathy in our community.
Come and learn a new technique for increasing effectiveness in making our lives and others' more wonderful.
More on Empathic Design (human-centered design)
Stanford Design School http://dschool.stanford.edu/
This a free event. Please consider purchasing some food or beverage from the venue to support them in offering the space.
For more information about the circle and Edwin's work, http://facebook.com/events/550101135080912/
We have been parking across the street in the Firestone parking lot. They seem to allow parking after hours.
Participants Comments: I Like...
* The structure of this practice allowed/facilitated connection and understanding with my partners.
* Opportunity to listen, share, be heard and be seen.
* Laughter. Reflection leading to further insight.
* I feel nourished by the stories and feelings everyone shared. Nice location. I like that the group is slowing growing.
* People listening rather that giving advice.
* Being heard, not being judged/pressured into saying the right thing.
* Being able to practice empathy, especially reflective listening.
* The intentions setting and lighting the candles. Felt it set a great tone for the group and why we were all there. I enjoyed splitting into the smaller groups so the we could have a lot of involvement in the group.
* Really like this Q&A at the end. Great idea!