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"Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution

Empathy can be a force for radical social change, but only if we understand how to unleash it.
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We normally think of empathy—the art of stepping into the shoes of another person and looking at the world from their perspective—as something that happens between individuals. But it can also happen on a mass scale and be a force for radical social change.

Empathy can create a revolution. Not one of those old-fashioned revolutions based on new laws or policies, but a revolution of human relationships.

That's what I argue in my new talk from TEDx Athens, called How to Start an Empathy Revolution. I discuss everything from human libraries to using babies to teach empathy, from museums of blindness to a unique political phone line in the Middle East.


Roman Krznaric wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Roman is an Australian cultural thinker and cofounder of The School of Life in London. His new book is called Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution.

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