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Nurturing Intentional Empathy

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Description

Traditional notions of empathy tend to encourage individuals to place themselves in another's circumstances and consider how they would react. It is a cognitive maneuver. Intentional empathy is when individuals try to place themselves in another’s circumstances–in their shoes– and make a sincere effort to engage with their thought process and emotions from that perspective. This additional facet of viewing issues through the other’s lens (and not just circumstance) allows for individuals to gain a fuller appreciation of others’ perspectives and experiences and can allow for the development of a greater psychological safety net within the group.

Building empathy in collaborative discussion requires us to not only recognize and respond to the emotions, but to inquire and explore with others the circumstances and situations which prompted these feelings. This exploration also helps ensure we are not acting from generalizations or assumptions about why people are experiencing or expressing emotions.


Learning Goals

  • Understand the importance of intentional empathy for building psychological safety within a collaborative discussion space

  • Utilize intentional empathy as a tool for deeper, more nuanced understanding


Practice Time: 35 minutes

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JC

January 30, 2023 at 12:54:20 AM

Testing

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RT

January 17, 2023 at 12:39:09 AM

This activity could possibly pair with Activity 1.8, which evaluates current discussion style. After completing that evaluation, this activity could be used to help participants envision and set goals or intentions for how they would like to participate in discussions going forward.

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RT

January 16, 2023 at 10:26:09 PM

This activity helps develop a skill that is useful in many contexts, including in the classroom, workplace, community and even at home.

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RT

January 13, 2023 at 3:17:13 AM

This activitiy can be modified or used as is in helping STEM students and science & technology professionals in identifying the unintended consequences and uses of any new scientific or technological developments or tools, such as AI models, etc.

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Shannon Wheatley Hartman

December 7, 2022 at 7:03:49 PM

I am waiting for someone to try this activity out and share it back with us. This is probably one of the most ambitious activities in the toolkit. I really love it but I have not had the opportunity to try it out with a group. Please someone try this and share back!

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Shannon Wheatley Hartman

December 7, 2022 at 7:01:33 PM

Another all time favorite. I really recommend this activity when you are trying to think about the complexity of a social topic and who/what is impacted by it. It pairs well with the Divergent Thinking/Surround the Topic activity. This activity also includes a really helpful worksheet for capturing types of stakeholders.

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Shannon Wheatley Hartman

December 7, 2022 at 6:59:07 PM

I really like this activity. It is a fun way to figure out what matters most to us as a group. For example, if you need to figure out the theme for a discussion series or a topic for a group project, try out this activity. It helps participants to reflect on their own civic passion but also negotiate together the civic passions of the group. It could be paired with the value activities in Module One.

average rating is 5 out of 5

Shannon Wheatley Hartman

December 7, 2022 at 6:54:13 PM

I the process in this activity ("surround the topic") a lot. It is particularly useful as facilitation preparation. It also helps with generative thinking.

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Shannon Wheatley Hartman

December 7, 2022 at 6:52:01 PM

This is an all time favorite. Use it as a warm-up activity or whenever you have a group that feels stuck and can't think of new ways of engaging a topic or problem.

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Shannon Wheatley Hartman

December 7, 2022 at 6:49:22 PM

Similar to the previous activity (1.7 Taking Inventory of CD Skills), this activity includes a google survey that participants can complete at the beginning of a program or class. Instructors or facilitators can use this information to then tailor future activities to best fits the discussion needs of their group.

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