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Empathy week 2021

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Building the Empathy Generation:

Transforming compassion into action

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Summary

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What kind of generation can we raise if we empower our children to believe they can shape change in the world?

 

In this episode, social entrepreneur, Ed Kirwan, talks about his brainchild, Empathy Week, a worldwide movement and call to action for schools and educators everywhere.

Ed uses the power of video to portray real-life stories spanning a variety of worldwide social and cultural issues. He encourages young people to practice empathy and in turn to realise their passion, purpose and power as changemakers. 

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How an inner-city teacher uses empathy as a tool for greatness to help children around the world recognise their potential as changemakers

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About the episode

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Ed Kirwan holds a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Bath and completed his Masters in ‘Leadership in Education’ from University College London in 2017. He is a qualified teacher and former Head of Chemistry. Ed’s experiences in the classroom and the deprived North London Community where he taught, compelled him to pioneer a progressive and worldwide educational movement called Empathy Week. 

 

Launched for the first time in 2020, Empathy Week is a film-based education resource and platform that empowers young people to take empathic action for the causes they care about. 

Ed's mission is to address the problems that exist in education across the world - teachers being time-poor yet having a requirement to deliver social, moral, spiritual and cultural education. 

 

This year of 2020, schools in 48 countries, across 6 continents downloaded Empathy Week resources with a reach of over 400,000 students. 8400 classrooms took part this year and downloaded the online-research based projects over 700 times. Some of the stories Ed shared, were filmed by him whilst documenting The Homeless World Cup in Mexico and Slum Soccer in India.  

 

Ed is already looking ahead to next year's Empathy Week, which will centre on the topic of sustainability. In 2021, he is planning to expand the project to reach all primary school-aged children and provide differentiated lessons tailored for SEND - special educational needs and disabilities.
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All of the wisdom nuggets and key messages from best-selling author Seth Godin and his latest book “This is Marketing - You can’t be seen until you learn to see” carefully and thoughtfully synthesised to a 15min easy read.

 

“Great marketers don’t use consumers to solve their company’s problem; they use marketing to solve other people’s problems. They don’t just make noise; they make the world better. Truly powerful marketing is grounded in generosity, empathy and emotional labour” Seth Godin

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