12.D Apply


40 responses

Why are you interested in becoming an Empathy Circle Facilitator?

  1. yes

  2. To serve my purpose

  3. To assist me in becoming a more grounded facilitator

  4. Yes

  5. Because this is what is meaningful for human connection & motivation

  6. To learn how to listen rather than react and to give feedback to clarify that which I hear

  7. To learn more about Empathy Circle an become training /facilitator

  8. I'd like to introduce this skill as a professional development technique. I'd also like to share it with young Black girls and their mothers in Oakland. I'm interested because I think it is a great tool for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which is an area that I would like to enter.

  9. This training brings together my interests in psychology and conflict resolution. The practical use of moral emotions is something that I think about frequently.

  10. I would like to be able to facilitate healing spaces for multigenerational organizations, as well as to learn to have more empathy for myself and others

  11. To build community and foster global healing and dialogue.

  12. I love what EC brings to my life

  13. I want to bring this awareness to the leaders of my organization. Our mantra is to seek to understand and you have to be able to listen to understand.

  14. One of my core value i live is empathy

  15. I love the empathy circles that I participated in and it would be make me so happy to facilitate these for others.

  16. I am interested in facilitating Empathy Cafés and Empathy Circles for high school students.

  17. Will help with drug addicts

  18. want to explore more

  19. To deepen empathic listening and communication

  20. Personally, I can see how the training will give me guidance to improve my active listening skills and opportunities to practice it. Professionally, becoming an ECF will enhance my facilitation skills by offering a different structure for conflict resolution and coaching sessions. As an HR Executive and a Mediator, this trainings would help me bring people into spaces where they can be vulnerable and feel fully heard.

  21. For my personal growth and development and to share my skills with my community service organization.

  22. I have always been drawn to holding space for people to feel heard. As far back as Highschool (89) created a social justice learing circle, and over my years in the art field have ben drawn to various particpatory leadership techniques. I have a longing for people to hear and listen and be able to voice and be who they are. I am a connector. I could use more tools.

  23. I am interested in becoming an Empathy Circle Facilitator to bring the practice of Empathy Circles and deep listening to the Extinction Rebellion (XR) SF Bay chapter I belong to and also possibly bring the practice of Empathy Circles to the school where I teach Environmental Science classes and my daughter attends which is the Contra Costa School of Performing Arts (SPA) in Walnut Creek. I am also hoping to hold Empathy Circles for parents of teenagers and maybe more specifically parents of teenagers who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.

  24. To hold Empathy circles of my own.

  25. I am trained in sustained dialogue and facilitating racial healing circles. Learning about facilitating circles of empathy would add to the work I do and help many people. Empathy is sorely lacking in many spaces right now. I want to be part of helping people reconnect with and learn about the significance of empathy in a functioning society. We can build a better world if we feel connected to one another. Empathy is a key approach to bridging the many divides that have worsened in the US. I want to be a part of healing the community trauma many of us have experienced.

  26. I want to maximize my skill sets relative to peer support

  27. Use it within in my business and community

  28. This is a great tool I can use with the students of the healthcare workforce program I manage. Can also use with other groups I facilitate.

  29. To help my family, myself and others. I want to make it apart of my business and train students and younger professionals to help all communities.

  30. To create a space where people can open up and be honest in a safe space. To create empathetic work and home environments, to provide as a service to the community

  31. To create more empathy and compassion for myself and others and to strengthen my DEIB facilitation sessions

  32. I want to acquire a deeper relationship with listening and reflecting to improve my relationships. Then encourage others to get involved with the practice.

  33. Would like to integrate this kind of activity into my train-the-trainer workshops for resilience hubs in San Leandro

  34. I suppose the skills will help me to better facilitate people who I work with as an energy healer because it will help me to be a better listener and to hold a safe space for client. I also can use the skills to teach people in my workshop and group healing to promote better understanding among people.

  35. I am a psychologist who treats drug addicts, empathy and connection help keep people sober.

  36. To improve myself and my skills

  37. To help me on my path of DEI

  38. Our world is suffering from a horrible lack of empathy. I want to help change that.

  39. It's a missing part of my life practice

Where would you like to facilitate Empathy Circles?

  1. Arisa Health, Family, friends

  2. Within community centres, schools and workplace (face to face or online)

  3. Across teams and communities

  4. everywhere

  5. Philadelphia and online

  6. In my East Oakland, CA community, at my adult school in San Lorenzo, CA and other personal and professional spaces of my life in and outside of California.

  7. In classroom settings and as part of professional development series for students and faculty, when I will do so in future.

  8. In the highschool I work at, with our different grade levels, and between teachers

  9. In my local community, DMV (VIRTUAL)

  10. Work and in friends circle

  11. At my office

  12. In my work place and with all my connects

  13. anywhere and everywhere

  14. I am hoping to facilitate Empathy Circles online through google meet.

  15. Online with Chemical Dependency groups

  16. at my workplace

  17. Currently, on zoom.

  18. Virtually

  19. For Alpha Phi Omega, possibly other opportunities in Las Vegas.

  20. Minneapolis/ Online

  21. I would like to facilitate Empathy Circles via Zoom (due to Covid safety concerns for elder members of our group) within the XR SF Bay chapter and in-person (and possibly also via Zoom) for the SPA community.

  22. online mainly

  23. In the school systems as part of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) restorative programming.

  24. California - the larger Sacramento community and at UC Davis, where I work.

  25. Jonesboro AR

  26. Virtually across the country

  27. Locally in my community in Dallas, Texas

  28. The judges and courts in Dallas County; schools, and workplaces could benefit from this.

  29. work, home and professional endeavors

  30. Family, DEIB sessions, and in my condo community with our HOA Board

  31. In the various communities around my small island.

  32. San Leandro (to community members, may or may not have had exposure to the ideas behind empathy circles before)

  33. In my workshop and group healing.

  34. online, or I would use it to run a therapy group in an agency I work at

  35. In my professional and Personal

  36. Lawrence, MA city government

  37. Online until we're really out of this pandemic and into the management phase

What do you see as the benefits of Empathy Circles?

  1. Solid intro to socialization and social skills

  2. All I come in contact with

  3. Developing the skill of practicing empathy learning how to be engaged in the moment so others are understood.

  4. Connection leading to collective action

  5. Enhance my role as RC co-counselor and Al-anon sponsor

  6. listening and developing shared collectives

  7. Haven a better world with listeners and speakers able to communicate to each other. No matter the subject or the culture i will be able to facilitate/mediate.

  8. People who participate in Empathy Circles learn how to become better listeners and have better relationships with people, both professionally and personally.

  9. The response time enabled through the steps of engaged listening and empathetic reflection creates the conditions for a better conversation, even if conflictual. The conversation is shifted between individuals from the get go instead of different viewpoints colliding based on preconceived notions or mostly internal experience.

  10. To gain a deeper bond and understanding of one another, to learn to work with different perspectives, to maintain the sense of inherent dignity and worth for all

  11. Community building and healing

  12. More healthy relationship

  13. Active listening, a greater awareness of empathy

  14. Sense of closure and heard , listening enhances, you are more close to identifying self and others needs.

  15. I see these transforming society for the better and changing the world.

  16. I think empathy circles encourage a culture of acceptance, understanding, and encourage effective communication.

  17. the opposite of drug addiction is connection

  18. na

  19. Connection, deep listening, compassion, non-violence

  20. Slowing down the pace to allow for true communication. Communication for me is not only speaking but speaking in a way that the listener can understand.

  21. Active listening skills, learning more about others, and building community.

  22. Seems pretty straightforward. The international community and interest is energizing. Anyone can participate.

  23. I see the benefits as developing and deepening more understanding and connection within the activist and school communities I'm apart of as well as creating more cohesion, support, and allyship in the SF Bay Area climate justice community so we can be more effective activists regarding the climate crisis. Also, I joined XR because I really value the movement's commitment to principles of building a regenerative culture and a no blame and shame culture so I think Empathy Circles can actually provide a process to strengthen our XR chapter's commitment to those values.

  24. People feel more connected giving and receiving empathy.

  25. This is similar to Restorative Justice Circles, but I believe much more useful. Healing, mutual respect, and supports are the keys when working with youth population

  26. In America, we live in a society that is very focused on the self. By tapping into our human empathy, we can build connections to other people, see the similarities and better understand the differences between us. I believe in doing so, we can create a society that thrives on community support instead of individual greed. Through my professional and community work, I have access to large groups of adults who are interested in this idea and many young adults who want to make the world a different and more accepting place. This training would help me pass knowledge on to many others who can in turn build upon the foundation of empathy.

  27. Decrease stress. Improve socialization and social skills.

  28. If peyote fresh heard, the can begin to focus on solutions or options instead of problems or life challenges (I believe).

  29. Focus on listening and not just hearing. Letting a person know they were really heard.

  30. Improved listening skills to ensure empathy, safe conversations reduce violence.

  31. It provides a non judgmental space. It allows for others to share in experiences that they may other not experience, It creates a willingness to be empathetic to others. Requires people to listen with not just their ears but their hearts. Encourage acceptances of differences. Brings compassion into a space where others can be heard who might otherwise not be willing to share. Increases calmness in those who participate.

  32. A world where everyone is seen, heard, valued and supported to live to their highest potential

  33. Empathy Circles help with active listening and reflections. It has also helped me understand and be present with others’ perspectives without judgment or opinion.

  34. Learning to listen and communicate clearly are necessary for connecting with other people

  35. Calm communication, promote better understanding among people, plenty of time to really understand the conversation, more concentration and focus on each other while having a conversation, help to better remember the content, have a fair turn in conversation, everyone has an equal chance to communicate their point of view, have more time to think so we think more before we speak.

  36. It can save the lives of drug addicts

  37. To Bring value into the group

  38. Understanding others perspective. Active listening which allows with me to empathize with others.

  39. Empathy Circles are a disarmingly powerful means of creating deep empathic connections between and among people regardless of race, religion, gender, political affiliation and other conventional differences in order to arrive at a deep sense of common humanity and solidarity.

  40. The gift of being heard - I'd like to be better prepared to hold space in this way

Are there any questions that you think should be asked or improvements in this application? If so, what are they?

  1. No

  2. NA

  3. None

  4. I do not know at this time

  5. None at this time.

  6. None yet.

  7. None

  8. More advanced training after initial training/ topic specific trainings/ trauma/ family

  9. It's perfect!

  10. I'm not sure.

  11. nope

  12. No questions... looking forward to the training.

  13. Do you have any experience using the active listening techniques or facilitating groups.

  14. not yet :)

  15. No, not at this time.

  16. no, not at the moment

  17. Not at this time.

  18. How do you plan to incorporate the knowledge you gain from this training into your current personal and professional life? Do you have the capacity to develop and facilitate empathy circles virtually or in-person in your community? Is there a particular audience you are aiming to engage with?

  19. na

  20. n/a

  21. No comment

  22. I am ok

Any other questions or comments?

  1. No

  2. None

  3. None

  4. na

  5. Will this training lead to certification (certificate) etc. ?

  6. I plan on watching videos tomorrow

  7. I find that this skill will be of great benefit to my personal and professional development and I would like to know if I am able to conduct this practice within community care facilities and what would be the stages should I be given the opportunity that I need to take with me.

  8. thank you for your work

  9. None at this time.

  10. None yet. Thank you.

  11. Will complete second training on 10/16/21

  12. I am so excited to be a part of this community and am looking forward to learning to facilitate and bring this awareness to my company.

  13. Gratitude

  14. Looking forward to it!

  15. I'm wondering where I can find other Empathy Circles to participate in online.

  16. nope

  17. So grateful for the training circle. I look forward to the next session!

  18. None. Thank you so much for offering this training!

  19. I think concept of Empathy Circles, can create profound change in the world.

  20. Can I do a second introduction to Empathy circles as the prereq?

  21. I am also hoping that by attending the Empathy Circle Facilitator Training that I will be able to more deeply integrate listening and reflecting into my every day communication with both my immediate family and extended family circles.

  22. no, not at the moment

  23. I love that this exists and hope to learn valuable practices to add to my repertoire.

  24. Will this be supported by any type of certification ???

  25. I am a program manager during the day and will attempt to attend 2nd circle tomorrow. Are there others this week in the evenings?

  26. n/a

  27. I’m excited to get started

  28. No.

  29. Any other kinds of facilitation trainings you would recommend?

  30. No comment

  31. I am ok

  32. Working on finding programs in my time zone; I feel that I might have submitted an application before but my work life turned on its ear