“Reconnecting with Compassion” by Krista Tippett

The term “compassion” — typically reserved for the saintly or the sappy — has fallen out of touch with reality. At a special TEDPrize@UN, journalist Krista Tippett deconstructs the meaning of compassion through several moving stories, and proposes a new, more attainable definition for the word.

“The Empathic Civilisation” by Jeremy Rifkin

In this talk from RSA Animate, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped human development and society. (Find it on YouTube &

Quotes from video:
“Empathy is grounded in the acknowledgement of death and celebration of life…[it is] based on frailties and imperfections.”

“[We need to] extend our identities to think of the human race as fellow sojourners.”


“Zero Degrees of Empathy” by Professor Simon Baron Cohen
Professor Simon Baron Cohen presents a new way of understanding what it is that leads individuals down negative paths, and challenges all of us to consider replacing the idea of evil with the idea of empathy-erosion.


“The Power of Mindsight” by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
Siegel explores the neural mechanisms beneath social and emotional intelligence and how these can be cultivated through reflective practices that focus on the inner nature of the mind. He relates these to working in NY public schools.


Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she’s learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.

“Self-Compassion” Kristin Neff, Ph.D
Neff explains and defines her term “Self-Compassion.”


“The Power of Vulnerability” Brené Brown

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

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