These are reports by Empathy Circle facilitators given in the weekly Facilitator Support Group. Each facilitator or prospective facilitator gets 15 minutes to share an experience and ask for any support.
Rita is holding many empathy circles and cafes and Is wanting to connect with local Australia groups. Rita would like XR to have regular Empathy circles in the workgroups. Especially to address conflicting. How to get it started and get uptake and buy-in by local XR Groups.
Issues and difficulties of the facilitator in Empathy Cafes.
Holding empathy circles in Toronto with a Philosophy Group. The issues of the technical difficulty of Zoom for and Empathy Cafe.
Holding discussions with Autism community and family
Holding an online panel discussion around values.
We are doing it with XR and want to do 10 values
Ideas. Build a facilitator group in Toronto. Train local people.
Brookdale Group (Stephan Carlson, Divya Periasamy, Neetu Atwal, Sharmin Kamrun)
Record a video of a an empathy circle that includes healthcare workers and promote it to encourage awareness and participation
Empathic support for everyone involved in the healthcare field. For all relationships.
We are holding an Empathy Circle Facilitator training.
Leona - what’s happening Down Under - Regen101 EC’s, adding XR Principles to our timezone, timing of 2 hours (enough time to go deep yet can be a big ask for ppl), reflections that are long taking up quite a bit of the speakers 5 mins...how to encourage capturing the essence/using speakers own words-especially metaphors used.
hold a XR 10 Principles down under.
What to do if people do very long reflections
how to reflect the essence. - the underlying feeling, metaphor of need.
We need a whole training on how to deepen your reflection.
Empathy Circle Facilitator Report: Stephan Carlson - New York HospitalView video On Facebook or On YouTube (2020-04-17)
Brookdale Hospital Group (Dr. Carlson, Divya, Neetu, Sharmin, Saiful)
Introducing empathy circles via;
Zoom platform to One Brookdale Health staff in the COVID-19 crisis
Get the word out to staff to encourage participation through inviting a buddy
Train facilitators to lead the empathy circles and provide training to scale the process
Empathy circles facilitate
self-awareness (emotional intelligence) ,
and more effective decision-making that may promote resilience in healthcare workers
and improve healthcare team function and patient outcomes.
Community intervention? For healthcare workers
later hold In person Empathy Cafe
Empathy Circles - Can it be a community effort - local politicians, religious and social leaders.
What communities to bring on board
have empathy experts give talks online before an empathy circle. Helen Reiss, give benefits of empathy talk?
Reach out to academics to get them involved.
Cleveland Clinic - has an Empathy and Innovation conference
reach out to UK Empathy Research center
healthcare workers have a Time Pressure - offer a pre circle
In an empathy circle we find 3 rounds of empathic listening is very helpful - to sense the benefits
Ben is wanting to bring empathy circles into his local XR group in the UK.. He finds it hard to start one if people are not familiar with it. So the question is how to get started and initiate it? There is a certain resistance in starting a new practice. People need a positive experience to feel their ideas are heard. There is some apprehension among people in taking part
How to bring it into a new group?
Say, I’m asking for help. If you do this you would be helping me.
Would anyone be willing to do this to offer me support
Bring in an outsider to facilitate.
We are doing it for conflict resolution .
Offer, 15 min of free empathic listening to the people there. This will model the
Karolina is doing an update of her and Marta's Empathy Circle training with the Extinction Rebellion in Australia. She talks about the training process. Gives, tips and tricks and co-facilitation. . It gives small steps training. Then you facilitate your own empathy circle and create your own facilitator support group. The training, gives templates, website link's, recordings. There is a collection of names, descriptions and locations to create a network of facilitators. The first cohort is taking off. They are starting their own circles.
XR Global Support Team, has a sub-circle and they offer training to whoever wants them.. We started talking with them about doing regular training.
Hi... Just listened to Marta's piece here and maybe this point comes up later on in the call...its one that is on my mind.
For me I think it's really important to emphasis the beauty and simplicity of this particular kind of empathy circle process. There are many ways we can hold sharing or empathy circles, and many names we can give them. Some require a particular kind of training. What's great about this one, is that it doesn't!
There is little doubt that the support offered to each other by the facilitators is invaluable and no doubt things come up from time to time, as with everything else. At the last xri regen call quite a few people were slow to want to facilitate because they said they don't have the training and had the understanding that some form of training needed to be undertaken.
My understanding is that the training for this method is attending an empathy circle. Is that right? And that what we need is a peer support group for facilitators? Id also like to keep empathy circles going in Ireland and feel people need encouragement and confidence.
Sinéad , Glad you mentioned that. I hope to use your quote on that.
”There are many ways we can hold sharing or empathy circles, and many names we can give them. Some require a particular kind of training. What's great about this one, is that it doesn't! “
One aspect of the Empathy Circle is that it is relatively easy and someone can facilitate it by just seeing the introductory material and doing it once. Actually, you don’t even need to have done it, just see the material and follow the steps.
We need to explain that better and not make it feel like one needs a lot of training to do it. Or at least the basic process.
Any ideas on how to support people in creating peer facilitation support groups?
I think we can help people to connect and support each other in peer facilitation support groups.
Empathy Circle Facilitators Online Support Group: Report by Karolina Kubiak
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