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Radical Empathy...What Does it Actually Look Like?

Carolyn Sams

This NYT article is about a wealthy white South African family who left their home for a month to live in the slums. They called this "radical empathy" and an opportunity to "change themselves"...but it was extremely controversial.

What DOES radical empathy look like in our communities?
Is it: Volunteering consistently? Opening up your house? Listening more? But are these radical enough to create the same sort of change that this family likely experienced?

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  • This Bar Saves Lives

    Wow, such an interesting article. Thanks for sharing, Carolyn.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I feel like this couple did this more as a social experiment/anthropological exercise. I think their intention to understand people was right, but I think that takes listening to people and seeing how you can help them.