EmpathyLab is supported by an ever-growing army of authors.
They help us use the power of stories to build empathy.
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I talk to children in schools about how vital empathy is for authors and quote one of my favourite books, To Kill A Mockingbird: ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.
I welcome the opportunity to work with EmpathyLab. A scheme that promotes empathy skills through fiction is long overdue. Through EmpathyLab, children and teenagers can learn the importance of tolerance, understanding and empathy – benefits that cannot be overstated.
In reading, you get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know. You learn that everyone else out there is a me, as well. Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals.
To be a successful human being, you need to be in touch with other people’s feelings. I am following the future of EmpathyLab with great interest. I’m fascinated by its ideas, and by the way it’s drawing together the world of words with the fields of neuroscience and wellbeing.
Today’s world frightens many of us. Divisions are wider and stronger than ever. If we can empower the next generation to see and feel what others see and feel, we will be building a better future for everyone. I fully support the work Empathy Lab is doing because in a big, scary world, it is a light of positivity.
EmpathyLab is a great idea because it actively explores a core benefit of fiction for children, empathy. So much value is placed on children’s books as stepping stones for literacy, but little attention is paid to empathy, ultimately a greater skill to learn. So the EmpathyLab is very welcome.
Reading a book is like walking in someone else’s shoes for a while. And once we have walked in someone else’s shoes we can no longer judge them - we understand where they are coming from, and from understanding grows compassion and from compassion grows an urge to act for the good of that other person, and that act can change the whole world.
I sometimes think the main purpose of life is to grasp that other people are different from us - but just as real. I'm excited about the way EmpathyLab is developing tools to help authors, teachers and children explore that together.
I am so pleased to have discovered EmpathyLab. This is what the world needs - a program to enable us to see the stories behind statistics