Berlin, 20 December 2016

Horrible – the word that came to mind last night in Berlin. I thought of the people selling in the wooden huts in the Christmas markets, people trying to make a living from making candles and glühwein and knitted hats. Working long hours in the cold weeks before Christmas. And now scared, hurt, even killed. … Continue reading

The power of words

After the Brexit vote, those of us who wanted the European project to continue are sometimes struggling to do empathy with those who voted to leave. We have to try. Empathy is not about agreeing. Empathy is about trying to understand other people in the context of their lives. Empathic understanding matters because it helps … Continue reading

Follow me to my Artworks website where I am blogging now

Did you know we have a YouTube channel?

it’s here enjoy!

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

London exhibition opens

Below are some photos from my London exhibition “The Living Impulse”. Empathy is the theme behind the exhibition. The catalogue of the exhibition is here Here’s a bit of the press release: The Living Impulse exhibition springs from Lynne Cameron’s particular experiences as an artist who, in her other role as professor at the Open … Continue reading

it’s arrived!

I have just taken delivery of our empathy manual! Full title: Empathy dynamics in conflict transformation: A manual. The outcome of much hard work and co-operation with Responding to Conflict, CWIN Nepal and the peace-building team of the Catholic Diocese of Maralal, Kenya. The plan is to make the Manual available as a free e-book … Continue reading

Empathy and creative writing workshop announced

During the June exhibition there will be several empathy-related events. Today I can announce the first of these – a creative writing workshop led by the brilliant Melissa Fu: Empathy and creativity: A multi-faceted relationship. During this workshop, we will explore facets of empathy by engaging with the exhibition, The Living Impulse.  Connections between creativity … Continue reading

Nelson Mandela

A light in the world gone out.

Nearly done

We have listened to each other’s stories, launched a website, made videos, drafted a manual, created metaphors and eaten lots of biscuits. We have talked about growing webs of empathy to transform conflict. And we have made plans to use manual and ideas in current and future work. We are all very tired and ready … Continue reading