Ever since we profiled the innovative Roots of Empathy program in 2005, I regularly have people tell me, “You know which Greater Good article I really loved? The one about the program that brings babies into classrooms.”
It’s no surprise why. Kids learning about emotions from a baby—it’s such a simple, elegant, and powerful idea, brought to life beautifully by ROE’s founder Mary Gordon and her team. While the program has spread across Canada, and has now reached several other countries, it has yet to gain similar prominence in the United States. Our piece about the program from a few years back is often the first time some of our readers have heard about it.
That’s starting to change. The program got a nice boost today from CNN’s show American Morning, which featured Roots of Empathy as part of an ongoing series called “Empowering our Kids.” The segment (below) highlights ROE’s proven ability to reduce bullying in schools—which, as Mary Gordon explains, is just a happy byproduct of a program designed to teach fundamental skills of empathy and care.
We were privileged to host Mary Gordon at our GGSC seminar last week, “Seeds of Compassion, Roots of Empathy,” where she inspired the audience—and repeatedly brought it to tears with stories from Roots of Empathy classroom. You can find the slides from her presentation here; video highlights will be online early next year.
And if you’re in the Bay Area but missed Mary’s talk last week, you’ll have another chance. She’ll also be presenting at the TEDx event we’re co-sponsoring next June on teaching compassion. More details to come on that event soon…