Activating Empathy to Create Change News Roundup
Finalists will be revealed on 9/3! Until then, we’ve rounded up top stories about empathy making waves as a powerful driver of change in communities. (Photo: NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) is a Semi-Finalist of the Building Vibrant Communities challenge and is featured on the Ashoka Changemakers Instagram this week!)
But first, a few announcements:
The Ashoka Changemakers Instagram will be featuring entrants of the Building Vibrant Communities challenge through September. Follow @ashokachangemakers and #PackardEmpathy to see change in action from the entrants and voice your support!
Semi-finalists have gone through peer review and can revise their entries through 8/20—stay tuned for the Finalists announcement on 9/3 and see who made it through!
Top Activating Empathy Reads
Project Happiness, an Early Entry Prize Winner of the Building Vibrant Communities Challenge, was featured in The Palo Alto Weekly! Read the story online to learn more about why Project Happiness views empathy as key to student achievement and bright futures. (Photo: Randy Taran, founder of Project Happiness)
Donors and grantees can work together to deliver maximum impact by grounding their relationships in empathy. In this SSIR article, Simon Stumpf (Ashoka East Africa) and Ash Rogers (Segal Family Foundation) offer tips for more effective donor-doer partnerships, including tracking measurable outcomes instead of budget lines. Empathy on both sides means resources are put to work where they matter the most. (Photo: Ashoka East Africa Fellow Rev Kariuki discussing organic agricultire with farmers in the field)
“Fixing the gender imbalance in startups must start with a mental awareness of the differences in culture, experiences and gender realities,” according to Wayne Sutton, general partner at Buildup. Sutton’s post on the WSJ’s Accelerator blog outlines a “mental workflow” that individuals can use “to train their minds to understand how their behavior and actions impact others.” If the tech community embraced this type of “empathic conditioning,” we might just see more women launching companies, more female VCs and board members, and more balanced teams. Check out the full article here.