Growing up I didn't have a ton of empathy for other people or issues in other places of the world because I thought that you have to understand and/or relate to what they were going through. Now I know that understanding or relating is only a piece of the puzzle. Most empathy does come from a relatable element, but you can still empathize for someone without being in their exact place. I realized this was true when I personally connected with others who have gone or were currently going through struggles. I stopped seeing people with the labels I hear on the news, and instead as my friends or neighbors. I came to understand who someone was, and the fact that they are way, way more than the hardships they face. I saw the strength instilled in them from their hardships. I learned that creating empathy is about connecting with a person, finding your similarities, but also recognizing and cherishing your differences. I also found that direct connection is so important when creating empathy, and another persons accounts/ opinions will always be different than your own when empathizing.
Apr 20, 2017
Some of my favourite resources to teach empathy are: How/Why Laddering: https://dschool-old.stanford.edu/groups/k12/wiki/afdc3/HowWhy_Laddering.html Powers of 10: https://dschool-old.stanford.edu/groups/k12/wiki/faf1d/Powers_of_Ten.html Interview for Empathy and Empathy Map in the Bootcamp Bootleg: https://dschool.stanford.edu/resources/the-bootcamp-bootleg Empathy Field Guide: https://dschool-old.stanford.edu/sandbox/groups/dtbcresources/wiki/15fd1/attachments/75438/FIELDGUIDE-Screen-DTBC-March-2013.pdf?sessionID=8a36f7a15079a8053bd6f424e621f46e9692f705 Photojournal: http://www.designkit.org/methods/65 Five Whys: http://www.designkit.org/methods/66