Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s condition from their perspective. It is not a gift to be bestowed, however; it is a disruptive experience to share.
The critical work towards gaining empathy includes letting new voices into our daily lives. We do so by willingly allowing them to change our preferred stories about others and ourselves. Empathy should move us outside of our comfort zone.
The resources below are suggested as ways to seek that disruption.
Maureen Walker is an associate director in the MBA program at Harvard and a licensed psychologist. Since 1996, she has served on the training faculty and leadership group of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI).
This site curates material on the Internet to serve as a portal for information about the values of empathy and compassion.
Unlike regular news services, AllSides challenges bias by providing multiple angles on the same story.
Assemble a group of people with diverse outlooks to have a rich, meaningful conversation. Two people of differing perspectives each invite two more friends to join them.
This site pairs nice people across the political divide to talk like neighbors. Not to convince, but to understand.
Photographer Brandon Stanton’s provides a daily glimpse into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City.
This new, local nonprofit strives to reduce negative stereotypes and to empower marginalized people through photographs, statements, and face-to-face interactions.
Thanks to mobile phones and better tools, podcasting has become a popular way to share perspectives. Below are some recommendations that normalize other experiences.
Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton interview authors, actors, politicians and other professionals, sharing their experiences navigating the world as people of color.
Aisha Harris and her guests analyze how women, people of color and LGBTQ+ are represented in media and culture.
The United States of Anxiety
Kai Wright’s WYNC Studio project spans the pre- and post-election Trump Era, looking at the history and issues of America’s culture wars.
This inside exploration of life in prison is the result of a partnership between inmate Antwaan Williams, Earlonne Woods and the San Quentin State Prison.
Peabody award-winning creative Lea Thau follows up her success with The Moth by telling the story of people she meets, humanizing them and her.
A.J. Jacobs facilitates an examination of one person’s family tree, profiling five people who connect them to a stranger who shares the same genealogical branch. The podcast ended prematurely after 6 episodes, due to the amount of research each episode took.
Host Jessica Lilly explores aspects of Appalachia culture, including history, food, music and politics. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
This Way Out
A weekly radio show covering LGBT news from around the world.