2019-04-18 Activists #1

Empathy Circle with Empathy Activists

This the first of a series of Empathy Circles with empathy activists. Most participants have written books or head programs on the topic. This is a way to explore the different facets of empathy together and for people in the field to get to know each other and exchange ideas and insights. Let Edwin Rutsch know if you would like to take part.

The Empathy Circle

After over 12 years of working on building a culture of empathy, I find the Empathy Circle as the most effective gateway practice for building the empathy muscle. This practice is based on mutual active/empathic listening. I am trying to develop, promote and spread this practice as widely as possible. Edwin Rutsch

Empathy Activists Empathy Circle 1

(View On YouTube or On Facebook)


Edwin Rutsch - Director, Center for Building a Culture of Empathy


Jackie Acho - Author, Empathy Deficit Disorder: Healing from Our Mix-ups About Work, Home, and Sex JackieAcho.com

Minter Dial - Author, Heartificial Empathy, Putting Heart into Business and Artificial Intelligence


Anita Nowak - Author, The Empaths Strike Back!


from Jackie Acho - (Author) Empathy Deficit Disorder: Healing from Our Mix-ups About Work, Home, and Sex

Can you imagine a meeting in which you are ALWAYS heard?! Your mind explodes with ideas because you are ALWAYS listening (rather than angling for your bit of airspace or defending yourself against an attack)?! You actually learn from each others' point of view and co-create something better together.

It feels great. I loved hanging out with Edwin Rutsch and fellow empathy authors/activists Minter Dial, and Anita Nowak tackling the question "How do we build a more empathic culture?" Real conversations that foster a #CurrencyOfEmpathy are a good start.

Edwin Rutsch's #EmpathyCircles take on any and all topics and find common ground. Abortion vs pro-life....Reps vs Dems....God vs the Devil....family issues. All of it. Why? Empathic listening is the norm. Some would call it #SimpleListening. Check it out!

From the Newsletter of Minter Dial, author of Heartificial Empathy.




I'd like to share with you the concept of the Empathy Circle, instigated and enthusiastically led by Edwin Rutsch, Director of the Culture of Empathy.

I have had the great chance to experience and participate in two Empathy Circle sessions. The idea of the Empathy Circle is to practice intense listening and flexing your empathy muscle. It's a powerful way to help spread empathy and I'd encourage you to check out the structured dialogue process in action.

The one I'd like you to check out, via Edwin's YouTube Channel here,http://j.mp/2XFDxuo

was with two other wonderful authors who have also penned books with the word Empathy in the title:

Jackie Acho (Empathy Deficit Disorder: Healing from Our Mix-ups About Work, Home, and Sex) and

Anita Nowak (The Empaths Strike Back). As a word of warning, there were a couple of technical issues with my connection.

Meanwhile Edwin also invited me onto his show for a good long-form and rather personal interview. You can check it out here.