Videos available as a resource

The EDiCT project (Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation) has a YouTube channel, that links to the Empathy Manual. There you can find videos relating to conflict transformation in Kenya and Nepal, and a video of the Empathy model. Click here or follow the Link Advertisements

Empathy in police-community interaction

We’ve just published a new academic article about talk in a public meeting after a police shooting in Portland, Oregon, in which we examine how metaphors interact with empathy: Ritchie, D. & L. Cameron (2014) Open hearts or smoke and mirrors: Metaphorical framing and frame conflicts in a public meeting. Metaphor & Symbol, 29, 204–223. … Continue reading

Two gifts to share

I am very happy to have received two gifts today. 1. an English translation of a Basque poem (I am visiting San Sebastian to discuss conflict, communication and cognition) Embodied Experiment in the Stairway   2. a short url that links to the website Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation http://www.open.ac.uk/edict This is (one of the … Continue reading

Sneak preview of what’s coming…

Busy today with my project advisory group, working through the draft of our EDiCT Manual. Here’s a sneak preview of the cover… When completed, the manual will introduce ideas about empathy dynamics and show how they can be applied in conflict transformation. Publication early in 2014!

Starting today

Our ‘learning conference’ starts today in London. We have three peace-builders from Kenya and two child rights advocates from Nepal, with two more arriving on Wednesday. Together we are working on training materials to bring ideas about empathy and dyspathy into conflict transformation. With these creative people engaged, it should be an exciting ride. I’ll … Continue reading

Preparing in uncertainty

Exciting times in the current project as we prepare for a learning conference on Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation here in London. Following the visit to Nepal in March, it seemed like a good idea to bring some of our Nepali collaborators to meet Kenyan colleagues to work together on how to bring ideas about … Continue reading

Living with Uncertainty: Summary of findings

The project characterized empathy as activity that tries to understand the feeling and thinking of another person from their perspective. The research produced a five-level, dynamic model of empathy that can be applied to any situation in which people connect with each other. The model and method of analyzing empathy was tested in situations of … Continue reading

New place, new issues

Now the big research project has finished, we have moved on to what funders call “knowledge exchange” – sharing findings with people in the ‘real world’ and working out how it interacts with their issues. I am continuing to work with the NGO Responding to Conflict (brilliant people, superb work). The KE project has two … Continue reading

I have added The Challenge of Empathy as a pdf that can be downloaded, e.g. to spark interest in empathy or as a discussion starter. A summary of project findings and questions raised by them, for each of us to consider.

The challenge of empathy: Blocking and lumping

Empathy is stopped by the barriers we put in place between us and other people. Empathy is stopped when we don’t see other people as individuals but as a group, lumped together. We are social beings and need the pleasures, comfort, and security of being in a group. The problem comes when we define ourselves … Continue reading