Minding the empathy gap

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Another fantastic animation by the RSA folks, this one featuring Roman Krznaric who explains the importance of empathy and how it can lead to social revolutions. Of particular interest is the last section where he talks about how our lack of action on climate change is due to an absence of empathy across space for climate victims and across time for future generations. He proposes an “empathy museum” where people can experience what life is like for others. Among the various strategies to garner empathy and create social revolutions, media, of course, also play an important role. So when people ask me what is the good side of media, I always say how they generate empathy.

PS If you haven’t already, be sure to also check out Jeremy Rifkin’s RSAnimate, “The Empathic Civilization.”