Empathy has become a buzzword. Many conflate empathy with merely being emotionally affected, feeling sorry, or behaving nicely. Some even argue that empathy is mutually exclusive with reason. Isn’t it time we set the record straight so we can focus our efforts on realizing the full potential of empathy instead of arguing about it?
Seung Chan Lim (Slim) is known for delivering powerful stories, easy-to-understand models, and immersive experiences both to provoke and to promote a different way of not only thinking about empathy, but also being empathic with ourselves and others.
Slim most notably challenges our blind promotion of ‘problem solving’ while encouaraging us to learn or create a new choice of responding to problems he calls ‘realizing empathy.’
In doing so, Slim also argues that by ‘realizing empathy’ in the face of a problem, we can increase our probability of giving rise to insights and innovations.
To learn more about the idea, check out the book Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry Into the Meaning of Making.