An Empathy Revolution

We need an empathy revolution: truly discovering the caring, compassionate hearts and minds of those who will lead the future.

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"We need an empathy revolution." So says Darren Menachemson from the Design Consultancy 'ThinkPlace' (in Canberra, Australia). Why? To use design thinking to get under the data and numbers of our statistics to the hearts and minds of those we serve. 

What if we took that powerful idea, an 'Empathy Revolution' and applied it to discovering the hearts and minds of our future leaders? 

What if instead of attempting to find solutions to questions we don't fully understand, we used an empathy-based discovery tool to connect to each other and gain insight to the more deep-seated issues that are causing the problems to begin with? 

What if we had an empathy tool that tapped us into the hearts of minds of our children and learners, to tap into the seeds of their wisdom that will lead tomorrow?

Share research or student experiences that informed your idea!

Darren's TEDxCanberra talk (URL provided) is a clarion call to designers of solutions that there is a new age of design we are entering - an age of empathy.


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Hi Bradley,

First of all, thanks for participating in this collaboration between the Teachers Guild and ISTE. We really appreciate your contributions!

We’re in the last week of the build phase of the challenge on digital citizenship so it’s time to fine tune your idea before final voting begins next week.

Here are some things to consider as you continue to build on your idea:
- is your idea clear and will it inspire action from other teachers?
- would it be easy for a teacher to incorporate your idea about digital citizenship in their classroom?
- does your idea include some component of research and are there shareable resources?
- is your idea student-centered and does it promote agency?


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