Mary Gordon is the founder and president of Roots of Empathy and the author of Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child.
Stories by Mary Gordon
Articles: The Wisdom of BabiesBy Mary Gordon | July 27, 2011
As Roots of Empathy gears up for its U.S. expansion, founder Mary Gordon reveals how the program has nurtured compassion around the world, one child at a time.
Videos and Podcasts: Meet Baby MeiBy Mary Gordon | July 26, 2011
Mary Gordon shows a Roots of Empathy classroom and baby in action, explaining how together they help break cycles of intergenerational violence.
Videos and Podcasts: Emotional LiteracyBy Mary Gordon | July 21, 2011
Mary Gordon shares inspiring stories about children performing remarkable acts of compassion.
Videos and Podcasts: Our Common HumanityBy Mary Gordon | July 16, 2011
Mary Gordon discusses how caring for a baby helps children find the humanity in themselves and others.
Videos and Podcasts: Tiny TeachersBy Mary Gordon | July 11, 2011
Mary Gordon describes how babies can foster emotional connection and emotional literacy in the classroom.
Videos and Podcasts: Roots of Empathy’s ImpactBy Mary Gordon | July 6, 2011
Mary Gordon discusses the research showing that Roots of Empathy reduces aggression, boosts emotional literacy, and creates more caring children.
Videos and Podcasts: Mary Gordon on the Roots of EmpathyBy Mary Gordon | July 1, 2011
The founder and president of Roots of Empathy, a program that brings babies into classrooms to teach children compassion, shares stories and research from her program’s worldwide success.
Videos and Podcasts: Teach Compassion: Mary GordonBy Mary Gordon | June 11, 2011
The founder of Roots of Empathy explains the severe importance of empathy in a child’s development. Presented as part of the TEDxGoldenGateED event on June 11, 2011.
A new study maps what happens in our bodies and brains when we witness acts of kindness and compassion.
Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
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