“Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins.

And it’s up to you to make that happen.

Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.”

- Barack Obama

What is Empathy Bank?

Empathy is a muscle. The more we use it, the stronger it gets. Empathy Bank is a place where we can flex our empathy muscles by hearing other people's stories and seeing from other people's perspectives. Here we can expand the depth and breadth of perspectives available to us in order to connect, overcome perceived differences and come together in these times.

Empathy Bank’s mission is to increase global levels of empathy by expanding the perspectives we are exposed to and care about.

By sharing our point of view, we make a deposit into Empathy Bank. When we are feeling overwhelmed, disconnected or hope-deprived, we can come to Empathy Bank’s website and marinate in other people’s stories, thoughts and viewpoints. The goal is to remind us of how we are connected, and that we can recognize and honor our differences while we embrace our shared humanity and rise above prejudice and bigotry in all forms.

How Can You Help?

Thank you so much for asking! We are looking for people to share their unique perspectives by being interviewed. We also are looking for artists of all disciplines who want to share their art through our platform, especially works that encourage empathy, understanding and overcoming our perceived differences.


Please contact us through our social media to get started: Facebook.com/EmpathyBank and Instagram.com/EmpathyBank

Links:

These scientists keep proving that reducing prejudice is possible through Deep Canvassing.

Beautiful, moving example of inter-species empathy by documentary filmmakers James Reed and Pippa Ehrlich.

The United States Institute of Peace has made all their online classes free until the end of 2020, including this class on Media and Arts for Peace.

Header photograph by Diana Simumpande Dianasimumpande.com