Choosing Empathy

How does empathy help peacebuilding?

Empathy is one of those buzzwords that is making the rounds in the professional worlds I hang out in. Although I’ve long been interested in it, I now realize that it has to be at the heart of our work.

Recent research reported in the New York Times on July 12, 2015 suggests that we can choose to become more 12gray-blog427empathetic and become more effective in solving wicked (and other) problems as a result.

Those findings reinforce two central conclusions in my own work, the first of which has been around for a long time, while we are just beginning to explore the other.

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