Do you even empathize? How empathy training and communication can save us from ourselves

As I learn of children being separated from parents in the name of border control, presidential decrees opening all U.S. waters to offshore drilling, and the dismantling of the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act, I can’t help but wonder—what place does empathy have in our current society?

The Plant-Eater’s Dilemma

“The world is a fabric of suffering and pleasure; in every action, good and evil dance together like a pair of lovers.” - Alejandro Jodorowsky Earlier this year I joined some colleagues for lunch, and they decided to try out a local poke restaurant (poke, if you happen to have missed the rise of this … Continue reading The Plant-Eater’s Dilemma

Psyched out—the mental barriers that prevent us from solving global problems

In 1969, Psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross published a book outlining five key steps in the grieving process. Decades later, these five steps have entrenched themselves almost ubiquitously into western society’s understanding of grief, with references to them occurring in everything from academic research to pop culture. Flash-forward to 2015—another psychologist, Per Espen Stoknes, has published his … Continue reading Psyched out—the mental barriers that prevent us from solving global problems