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Empathy and Compassion in Society

November 23-24, 2012

A conference on empathy and compassion, geared to education, health, and social care professionals.

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Note: This is not a Greater Good Science Center event.

This two-day conference, preceded by a Youth Gathering on November 22, aims to give professionals who work in education, healthcare, social care, local authorities, and the public sector a fresh understanding and experience of the ways to develop empathy and compassion. This event will feature case studies from various sectors to highlight the benefits of training in empathy and compassion, as well as to show how cultivating these skills can enhance professional and personal satisfaction, self-esteem and well-being, and relieve stress. It will feature a roster of international speakers, including Karen Armstrong, Mary Gordon, Paul Gilbert, Tania Singer, and Paul Ekman.

Topics of discussion include:

- Compassion and empathy: scientific definitions, misunderstandings and function
- Compassion, the benefits at the personal level
- Compassion in action and social cohesion
... and much more.

For more details and to register, visit

Note: This is not a Greater Good Science Center event.

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