Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec 2021
Sara Leite Fragoso
Gary M Barker
Jean Claude Zidor
Trish Jetson (TeeJay)
Emanuela Sara Fragoso
Chukwuemeka Victor Chiana
Minnie Bea Best
Shkar Rahim Amin
BRENDA BJ GUIDEN
Lydia De Freitas Aguiar
Gary M Barker
Elizabeth (Beth) Forrester
Brenda BJ Guiden
Where did you hear about Empathy Circles and the Empathy Circle Facilitator Training?
from a library collegue
in the training session - via LinkedIn
I hear things that make me fill with growth
Friend Florence invited me LinkedIn
Continue Facebook and emails
From Kathy Kidd, Peace Alliance emails
I have completed it
facebook I think
My linkedIn connection with Edwin
Kathy Kidd, The Peace Alliance
through my wok
On Linked In!
Pop-up connection suggested by LinkedIn
Art of Hosting, Transition Berkeley
USF School of Social Work program
Empathy in Museums Summit
berkeley SERC -- jed lee, and Edwin rush
Oxford Empathy Colloquium
From The Berkeley Transitions group leaders
Designing for Empathy Summit
XR London newsletter
I heard about it through email.
I learned about Empathy Circles from Dena Crecy
Through my co-author, Wayne Duncan and also Anita Novak
Invitation via LinkedIn
Why are you interested in taking the Empathy Circle Facilitator Training?
I currently host Empathy Circles so looking for additional techniques to incorporate.
I would love to start facilitating these and using these in my business and with others.
I would like to use this skill for programming in our library
awareness of what growth has happened here since my plugging in during its inception
because i would like to train and to create a empathy group at university
to growth feeling free
I need to better myself
N/A Skill building
Enhance my Listening, Being Empathetic
To help others have another tool to bridge the gaps in understanding others with different experiences and perspectives
Desire to contribute to increasing the option of nonviolent conflict resolution and deepening human/e connections in our world
To spread Empathy far and wide!
I really enjoy it and find it useful.
I serve the public and teach others
To apply to local community groups
It will help me make my facilitation profession better
Yes! I am very interested in taking the trainings.
I think this is an amazing tool to connect people better.
Support others in learning this essential skill, deepen empathy skills, provide more empathy for others personally and professionally
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.
After receiving feedback about my lack of empathy in the classroom, I impacted my ability to teach and to continue inspiring others. I felt like an imposter because of this perspective narrated, so I decided to get the help I need to rebuild my confidence in, and to be able to speak on this human (soft) skill, empathy.
It is wonderful and so needed. It would help me a lot personally and professionally since I am a mediator who works with school communities, families and businesses.
I want to learn how to help people hear each other in the space of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. I want to become a more mature communicator. And I want to use it in my marriage so it can continue to thrive.
To improve my listening skills and enable the capacity of educators, starting in Jamaica
I'm a trainee
I would love to learn to facilitate the circles and then carry them forward.
Because empathy is important tool of communication and I would like to implement it into truth and reconciliation.
because I think they really work!
Our organization, The Peace Alliance, is going to begin offering these circles and I want to be able to facilitate this for our network.
To enhance my empathic skills and professionalism to better serve my community as a Psycho-therapist
Self-enrichment and resiliency
Personal growth and development
I believe it will be beneficial to my organization and line of work
Training as a Psychotherapist
For professional and personal development and because the world wins when more of us learn how to spread this information.
It will help me both personally and professionally. The world needs more empathy!
To improve my communication skills and reach out to more people
To help me in my own relationships and in my work (mediation)
To be a better facilitator
To learn how to become a better listener and help others.
Personal Growth & Development
Because this is such a powerful tool and I want to bring this to others.
I need to develop more empathy.
I would to bring this practice to my circle of friends.
Self growth to help myself, family and friends. In addition, I want to improve my listening skills for my business and offer same to others.
Become a better listener
To continue to refine my skills and become a much better listener
to learn more
For work purposes, for my own personal growth, and to help others and the world. It was brilliant!
To share this experience with my community service organization
To help my family, friends and the world.
Deep understanding of process for self and others.
It may help me in doing my work better as a healer and I can use it to help other people to aid communication issue and create better understanding among people, group and community.
I am at point in my life where being empathy training is very critical
Relevant to the line of work I do daily
I want to bring this training to children in my community, my colleagues, and so many others.
To enhance my professional and personal life and to gain new skills
Personal growth and development. Share this concept with my community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.
I want to renew my empathy energy and believe it will help my practice with students, my racial healing circles, and various relationships in my life.
Empathy lies at the root of my writing
for my professional and personal life
To help spread love and make this world a better place.
To improve my facilitation skills and share compassionate empathy with everyone I come in contact with.
Personal growth and development. Sharing this practice with my community service fraternity.
Yes, I am signed up for Cohort 12D
To help in mediation
To help with Transition Berkeley organizing, improve personal empathy skills
To be a better speaker and listener.
I believe its a lifelong skill
Personal growth and development!
Personal & Professional enhancement
I don't feel like I have the time right now (grad school sucks up all my time), but I absolutely loved this experience and would love to continue to use it.
will help with treating addicts
To help me understand others
I want to become better at understanding others
Sharing this with my community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.
to spread empathy circles on my campus around climate and social justice topics, to be a better active listener, and a better human being overall
I want to be a part of facilitating this process.
Heal the world everything ealse in the text box
My personal growth and development.
Because listening and understanding others points of view is crucial to saving our world from out of control consumerism, climate change, and unfettered capitalism on the global level, for wonderful relationships on the personal level.
It's something I cam bring not just to an empathy circles itself, but to my daily life and teach others how to do that too.
I would like to facilitate empathy circles in schools here in Montreal, more specifically within my Greek community
I want to go deeper into the practice of active listening and empathy.
I'm interested to further define the tools I have and can use to inform, teach, and facilitate relationship.
So many reasons! personally, to have the tools to connect optimally with other humans. The cafe was very powerful. Everyone deserves to be heard and understood clearly, a basic human right is to belong. Imagine what could be avoided if everyone stopped to really hear at least one person every day.
For my own personal, and professional processes.
Would like to think ill be able to use Empathy circle in my local community
work and homelife
To enhance my learning:)
Academic research (and personal value)
i want to extend my active listening skills.
It is part of my interest in communication
1. to increase skills in helping drug addicts connect with other humans.
2. In past years I have noticed how anonymous our society is and the pandemic has made it worse. This is helping me stay connected on a personal level as well.
I LIKE....What did you like about todays Introduction Café?
Practice active listening
It was great to hear what different people had to share and their different lives and perspectives.
I like hearing other perspectives on how this tool can be used.
Connection globally and awareness of growing empathy longings
to understand my needs and the objectives of the group
Feeling free to listen to others and growth
It's a new concept and I love it
Experiential Test drive
Deep concern of facilitators and participants to help others and themselves grow in understanding
Thank you for offering this info. I enjoyed meeting / seeing the different people who chose to attend, and hearing what they wanted to share. Would have enjoyed knowing where (location) people were joining from.
I liked the opportunity in my breakout group to discuss the reflection process and how easy it is for individuals to allow biases or assumptions in conversations. We all have been taught group norms of engagement regarding gender, corporate code switching, class and ethnicities. It can be very hurtful when reflections aren't a mixture of paraphrasing and direct reflecting of what the person actually said. It can be triggering cross culturally when engaging in the process. The acknowledgement and acceptance of that cultural dynamic softens the process greatly and allows space for empathy on all levels!
Demo of step wise process to facilitate empathy circle
I liked the simplicity of the whole process
I enjoy practicing how to listen actively and be fully heard.
Loved having the space to listen and share. I feel heard and connected.
Listening and connecting with people.
safe, clear, simple, effective
Practicing active listening and be intentional about understanding what the speaker has to say.
I like the safe space that Empathy Cafe establishes at the onset of the meeting.
The format was excellent. It was very clear and meaningful.
I loved that our group was small enough (5 ppl) that we could practice several rounds of being empathic listeners. I love that Kathy did such a great job as our facilitator. And I loved that I was surrounded by all Black women (like me!) who shared similar experiences and reasons for being in this space. The energy was powerful!
This cafe was amazing! The shares during debriefing were incredible.
the frank dialogue and evidencing of the competence by the facilitators
to better understand the methodology and the construction of a blue ocean environment
It was very insightful and inspiring.
I liked having another indigenous person there.
I liked the gentleness of the facilitation, and the sense of acceptance.
Gateway to opportunity
Very inspiring, inclusive and relaxing. In addition, the introduction exposes me to the need to have an open mind towards understanding others from their vantage point. .
The modeling for how to create safe spaces
Format allowed for immediate practical application. I could learn by doing!
The group activity, listening to people share a portion of their stories.
The process was fairly simple to understand and the modeling was great.
The opportunity to practice with others.
I like learning the variety of interesting reasons people are engaging in this learning, reasons I had not considered.
I really enjoyed the group setting. My group was full of kindness and I had a wonderful experience practicing an empathy circle.
I felt a deep sense of purpose
I thought it was very useful to attend a 2nd one prior to my training.... it helped me go deeper and listen more attentively
The gentle topic, the integrity, honesty, openness, kindness of the participants, the comment or instruction that empathy is also needed for the speaker to remember to pause; the motivation to reach 7-8 billion people
Everyone was able to share
Structure and Practice
I like listening and learning about other people.
The knowledge that I've gained from participating is so useful.
I learned how to be a better listener by struggling to be a better listener.
I liked how practical it was and I felt right at home.
Most enjoyable was the fact that there was no right or wrong way to move forward; no judgment or assumptions total empathy.
I like the equality
i liked meeting new people and skills
I loved meeting people from all backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life and doing the back and forth listening and empathy work.
I enjoyed the connection I felt with the group.
Sharing and being heard, I identified with our group.
Process of empathy circle in small circles .
I learned new thing, practice active listening.
It teaches how to actively listen.
Very relaxed and welcoming
Yes. I liked the work it took to actively listen to people. It's real work!
Meeting new people
The depth of sharing that I experienced in our group.
I know all groups are different, but I had a group that was willing to share deeply today and I found it very refreshing, soothing, and left feeling connected to humanity.
The people demonstrate the approach, which is warm and nurturing.
we communicated deeply
Helping each other be seen and heard
Listen to each other.
Being able to listen and connect with people I do not usually interact with.
The level of connectedness I experienced in our small group. I enjoy how the process is evolving. The more I do this, the more comfortable it is to participate.
I liked that i felt heard and listened. I liked that I was able to set aside my own feelings and emotions from today to listen to someone else. I like that I can meet people from all walks of life.
the calmness of the experience and the value of being listened to
Everyone had a lot of positivity and openess along with a variety of backgrounds and locations.
I liked the atmosphere and the opportunity to listen and to speak.
The connections I made with the participants in our small group.
I appreciated the candid, safe atmosphere that promoting sharing and reciprocation
I liked having the opportunity to really listen and to be really heard.
it is such an easy and simple solution to misunderstanding
How it can work in with the family and maybe this will help us grow
I like how we connected in the introduction itself. I didn't feel like a stranger
I enjoyed my first facilitation experience.
how all of us strangers came together and genuinely connected about similar experiences
Loved the deep sharing! We shared an emotional connection. Thanks!
The connection I experienced in our small group!
The structure, simplicity, and value from the experience; being heard and making connections between people and ideas.
being truly heard
The Cafe was terrific. I thought it was just the right size and length because we got to hear from all attendees and the breakout room discussions were long enough (but not too long) to delve into the issue of empathy in healthcare in a meaningful, personal way. The method was well presented and demonstrated, and it seems learnable by everyone who puts in the effort. Also, it provoked a lot of self-reflection about how much better I could be at this, with the groups I'm involved with and my family. I'll be trying the listening out (informally) with my grandkids first!
Different people with different backgrounds and stories hearing, being empathetic about each other and different perspectives about the same topics.
I like the format, the simplicity of the process and how much i learned from just being part of the cafe
Closeness to people.
I liked the pace and ease of the experience.
I liked the calm and simplicity. The mental shifts...it's ok to share whatever is alive for you at any moment, with no pressure to think, feel, say or do anything else. I felt the importance of being mindful and being psychologically safe for others.
Simple, good, true
everything was great - many thanks for holding this space
Meeting new people and hearing their perspectives.
Technique is highly effective
I liked hearing other people's experiences.
Enjoyed the process.
The connection with everyone
I enjoyed listening but also realizing that I need to learn how to speak more freely. Most of my communication is in response, rather than original thoughts of mine being expressed
Everyone willingness to hold space for each other with joy
I like the humanity that shone through as the empathy circle went on.
The beginnings of the breakout rooms are slightly forced, awkward at the beginning, but this contributes to the connection and openness later when we finally fall into the fluidity of the process. Helps make it so magical.
Embodied experience of the power of empathic communication
I WISH... What would you have wished for in the introduction?
It was perfect
I wished I saw the topic prompt, would have helped to know what to talk about.
Im interested in seeing how this is done with a variety of topics
more personal rest
i wish i could be there in the beginning of the session
I am still learning about the whole concept
Didn't answer some questions asked
Connecting Listening to Empathy, what's possible when we grow in Empathy.
Everything was good.
More about the challenges that come up in facilitating circles; your experience using these circles within conflicted communities; how long people have been participating in facilitating circles and what they've learned / how they've grown from that experience; and what is the application process for joining a training cohort?
In the intro it would be nice to mention adult learning styles, what we think is empathy vs sympathy. The experiential nature of the intro, how it may be uncomfortable to some, but in the end you will gain greater self awareness and what empathy looks likes by practicing it.
Things went well
Nothing I can think of
it was good as is
Nothing comes to mind.
I think it would be fun for everyone to share a fun fact about themselves. That is always interesting.
I would like to learn more about the participants before we move to the smaller groups. Perhaps 3-5 items during our personal introductions.
Wouldn't change a thing!
It was great as is.
The introduction was fine. I found no fault in it.
An opportunity for the wider group to be introduced to each other
nothing to say
Learning more about the purpose of the circle and what we can do once we go through the training.
I wish I felt better today, so I could have felt more present.
I can change someone's life
Presently, I think the content was comprehensive and straight to the point.
I would like more time to interact with more people. Perhaps we could reduce the speaking time and participate in two groups.
That my internet had stayed stable :)
I wished some speakers had remembered to pause more during the fishbowl presentation.
I was able to sit and listen and be heard.
I would like to hear from all participants in the introduction.
I could not navigate the Cohort Registration site: No dates and times.
It was perfect for me.
I wish we known each other better
thought it was great
It was so perfect, I don't really wish for anything more.
The everyone does a brief introduction in the beginning.
nothing-all was great
Nothing to add here.
I would like to see the entire group including facilitators introduce themselves.
I wish it was emphasized that the main group would be recorded but breakout rooms would not.
1. A clear link. I followed the emailed link to LinkedIn and clicked on the biggest item called empathy circles. That was a YouTube recording of last September. Eventually I saw a very small link to the live session that had been going on 20 minutes. That is the connection issue.
2. The original email invitation said 5 weeks. I reserved them on my calendar. Now it appears that the "training" is a DIFFERENT 5 weeks. As a visual learner, I would like to have laid out visibly what is going on here.
to know more empathy in the family context
It was good to me.
I would like to see everyone introduced in the beginning.
I think that the introductions went well.
to have viewed the videos beforehand
Perhaps the question, Do we think of ourselves as good listeners? What skills do we already have? What do we need to improve?
I wished I could have been prepared for it, but still I have enjoyed it.
the investment or how long someone was a part of it
I enjoy having everyone introduce themselves in the begging.
Background on how the group was founded & benefits the facilitators have seen from participation in their own lives. (This may have been covered; I was unfortunately about 6 minutes late joining).
I have NO idea what the empathy circle was and kinda wish we had watched the video, but I did get a feel for it pretty quickly.
it was fine as is
It was good. Nothing I could wish for.
I like when we have time to introduce everyone in the beginning.
I enjoy having everyone introduce themselves in the beginning.
A few examples of how the circles have been used and some outcomes in the beginning.
it is fine the way it is
I had few expectations, so I was completely satisfied with the introduction. I will surely attend another circle soon and, I hope, learn to facilitate these dynamic interactions.
One of the participants talked about how we could include this training, what we learn here to daily life conversations, it'd be interesting to enlight the participants about how this training goes beyond getting people together for this specific purpose, but including that to their character wherever they're at.
No all is good! I wish to participate again.
Nothing more than what happened.
I wish I hadn't missed the first 5 min, and therefore the introduction!
i wish everyone had more empathy
I could carry on speaking with the group
it is fine
nothing else, perfect
It was great, as is!
the practice was faster that I usually give and recieve empathy and feel comfortable with. I would feel more relaxed and happy if we had some time to breath and be centered
I had a good introduction through the videos beforehand. But a brief live demo would be great for those who are kinesthetic learners, learning by doing (or first watching how it is done).
Because of the time commitment, it would have been nice if we skipped the original introductions and moved them to the breakout rooms. But it was nice learning about everybody.
What other questions, comments, insights, etc. do you have about the training?
Great resource to use!
can i be plugged into facilitators practice groups if they exist
Long list will share it.
Great caring facilitators who model empathetic listening.
I notice there were a number of people from the organization on this call. Would there always be a co-facilitator for the circle? What does it mean to be part of a training cohort for when you then become a facilitator? How to communicate when you don't sense that you've been fully understood by the listener (even while accepting that you didn't communicate as clearly as you would have liked). Insight: don't attend a training when you're tired w/limited capacity; the importance of good headphone for accurately hearing.
Looking forward to the Facilitators training
Youth and Young Adult Mental Health
Very helpful Thank you
how to become a facilitator
Nothing comes to mind.
If I have to miss a week during the training, is there a way to make it up in another session?
It would be great to allow 10-15 minutes for an open forum after the process is complete for anyone who would like to continue the conversation.
Difference between empathy and compassion, is there any value in this distinction?
Will this be ongoing and how does one become a facilitator?
Keep spreading this please!
If possible, I would love it if a Saturday training could begin sooner than November 20.
Looking forward to next session!
It was a lovely experience.
I notice links between NVC, Re-evaluation Counseling, Radical Acceptance, ...
I think that it is important for people to be on camera to participate in this type of acivity.
Can this training be offered for an organization/ agency ? If so how can I connect?
It connects closely to mindful communication related activities that I have experienced before
I learned that even some trainers are still working to improve their empathy skills.
I look forward to starting it. Hopefully it won’t take to long.
It helped me see my own contributions or needs as to how I impact others.
This is really a great concept!
None at this time.
None at the moment
Please let me know how I can proceed best with doing this and becoming a facilitator.
Perhaps it we be useful to make a comment early in the process to remind people that this is a learning experience. To encourage people to think in terms of learning and that there are no mistakes when learning.
Time for participants to ask questions.
I would recommend not asking people to turn their cameras on in the recorded spaces. For various reasons that was uncomfortable for me, but when called on to turn it on for the picture I felt that I had no choice. Making that optional would have made me feel safer in this space.
1. Are there recordings? Sometimes I have to work on Saturday. Is there a catch-up option?
2. Will the "trainings" ever cost tuition? I am familiar with Riane Eisler (The Real Wealth of Nations) who charges for facilitator training cohorts.
Would like to have take the training if my schedule allows me. I’m already taking online courses.
I think"I statements" are important.
Do you think that I statements would enhance the small group communication?
I am very grateful to the facilitators for enabling me to feel empowered and ready to move forward with empathy training
What are some of the challenges that could come up in this process? Is the process different if participants come by their own choice or as an assignment or rrequirement?
Do I need to be prepared with topics for speaking? is it possible to use different type of timer?
When are the courses starting in 2022?
It is challenging at first and it becomes easier each time I participate. Each circle I participate in is a new learning opportunity.
More debrief time towards the end would be helpful.
This was an amazing experience. Thank you so much!
my first impulse is to believe that this is not this simple and to tart it up. Resistance is needed
not much, its very straightforward! curious about how we can do empathy circle with non-humans....
Just accessing the correct threads to book the training as the web site is difficult to navigate for me.
I think that focusing on the question of what is alive for people at this moment is a great place to start.
Can these be done with ASL or translators? I think a note about confidentiality would also be great to have in the beginning/how people feel reassured that what is shared will remain private. Really fantastic experience - would love to follow-up up on design and movement Edwin!
Keep it simple, it too easy to be tempted to make it more complex
It should be part of everyone's basic skill set. Whether you are a mail carrier, teacher, lawyer,
or librarian, you need to know how to do this. Even if you don't any long work in a specific capacity--you need it to help yourself understand the chaotic world we live in. I was trained as a western philosopher. The emphasis is on critiquing everything--looking for the misconceptions, inconsistencies, poor assumptions, the fallacies, etc. in what people express as their views. I believe that this training can help turn off or at least temper that focus, so that first and foremost I can hear and feel what someone's position is without judgment or criticism or advice.
for now all good
Does the training cover challenging situations with the empathy circle? Case studies maybe?
I look forward to reviewing the website and materials, and getting a better sense of what I can absorb. But the experience thus far was powerful.
Much gratitude for holding this space
Wonderful idea, let's hope it spreads far and wide!
none at the moment
It feels very connecting
Keep it as simple as possible. As a psychologist I was trained to give IQ tests and evaluate intelligence in learning this I found that the median intelligence is 100, this means 1/2 of the population has an IQ below 100. If the goal is to teach this to 7 billion people it needs to be cross-cultural and very simple.
I can see how not watching the video, not speaking English as a first language, or not having done something similar before could put you at un-ease. A brief live example might be a good way to get us right into it, intellectual stage reduced more quickly.
Incredible experience. Thank you so much.
Listening with the body for the first time was a magical experience
What question would you like to see added in this form?
what geographical location are you in?
Rating (on scale of 0-10) of this session.
Re time, I'd have to join a Sat cohort. Will we be notified when that opens up to apply? Thank you!
Was there a shift in what you knew before and what you felt after the EC Introduction?
Nothing comes to mind.
This is perfect! Nothing to add. Thank you so much!
A question to provide feedback for our facilitators. Our facilitator, Larry did a great job today!
None. This is sufficient. Thank you.
None - I think this covers it.
information about the next trainings dates and a means for signing up
Would you like to join "fishbowls"--online gatherings--once trainings conclude?
What do you do for work.
Nothing I can think of now. Thanks.
When is the next open session so I can get my second one in.
Everything is wonderful. I want to learn how to help others understand and listen.
Where are you located?
I like the form the way that it is.
Something related to today's climate and environment we are all dealing with and managing.
None at the moment
Nothing, everything is covered.
Process related ..some new perception i learnt
Occupation, Expectation from taking the course
Nothing that I can think of at the moment
None at this time. Thank you.
I don't have any questions at this time.
"Rate the difficultly of accessing the discussion."
is in the chat!
It’s fine for me.
Have you participated in Empathy Circles before? If so, how many?
If you answer yes to this question, "Would you like to take part in the Empathy Circle Facilitation Training course?", a space to list the Cohort you signed up for.
How will you apply what you experienced in your life today?
Where do you think Empathy Circles would help most in your own life or community?
If we would like to have more information or if we are intrested of other ways people could meet before or after training
I'm not sure
Nothing at this time.
I cannot think of anything!
It's perfect! Nothing to add.
About accessing the training and time zones as they were ststing different times on the linked and in the schedule.Thank you
Empathy Circle event attendance.
In your opinion, what is the biggest problem facing humanity and how would empathetic listening circles help to address and even move toward solving it?
nothing to add
What did you come away with today that you will bring to your life?
'How can you pass this on to another person/organisation?'
I can't think of any at the moment.
ok as it is
What was your experience like in your first/second Empathy training? (Rather than.. I Like...)