Why We Are Here
We face deeply interconnected global challenges.
Challenges that affect every last life form here on Earth -- our current home.
We need youth growing up learning to address these challenges.
And how could we possibly learn to address these challenges effectively without understanding the people and the planet these challenges impact?
We've got to practice acting on our desire for understanding one another and seeing creative new ways we can move forward. Together.
We've got to raise authentic, empathetic, collaborative leaders
that recognize our interdependence and interconnectedness.
Earth Needs Storychangers.
Humans that co-lead evidence-based actionto untangle our world's greatest challenges with our heart, head, and hands to reweave the world we live in.
Humans who won't let fear or inward mindset get in our way.
Humans who believe in the magic of ubuntu,
and who value our interconnectedness.
Youth have BIG questions. Youth want to understand the world. Youth want to understand why we're here. Youth wonder how to make our world better.
And from an early age, this curiosity is often ignored, squashed, or put to the side "for when you're older".
Too often, youth are left to figure out what's going on in the world on their own.
Alone. Without engaging ways to learn about our world.
Enter "Empathy Challenges"
We believe we need this learning to be happening all. the. time. That's why we're focused on classrooms first.
That's exactly where a huge challenge exists: integrating social/emotional learning with our day to day lives beyond infrequent after school programs and one-off class projects.
It's hard to do in such a complex education system.
Sometimes people suggest there's simply no way to change that.
There IS hope.
There IS a way forward.
Tons of awesome programs already exist.
Plenty of people are working on this challenge.
And we're not here to reinvent wheels.
That's the magic of an Empathy Challenge.
It can fit into any system. After school programs, class projects, and even your fractions unit in math class.
As teachers and students say, "it's a way to learn math, reading, and writing while learning about the world in a relevant way".
So why is math the first step?
Practicing empathy can't simply be a classroom's "extra credit". We've got to weave it right into the heart of class.
Introducing Empathy Challenge stories directly into math class,
we have seen students more excited about learning about the world, and about learning math.
Math is a universal language. It can help us all practice empathy, ecosystem understanding, creativity, and collaboration.
Anywhere in the world.
Imagine every child, educator, and parent using the
Empathy Challenge approach as their favorite way to learn math.
Close your eyes and imagine what that world will look like.
A world where everyone using math is thinking about the lives and perspectives of others as we make decisions.
That's why math is our first step.
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The Fine Print:
Using these Empathy Challenges may encourage the consistent desire to be mindful, empathize with others, understand new perspectives, think critically, act creatively, collaborate with others, learn about the world, and to pursue a life focused on leading positive change in our world. We find that tends to happen a good bit.
For best results: Use Early in Life, Every Day, and Everywhere.
Please don't refrain from opening your heart, mind, and arms to new people, perspectives, and possibilities.