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Empathic Civilization

Changing the World, One Step at a Time

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.23.2012 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

Pushing back against the failures of our leaders and institutions is a growing movement of people and organizations taking the initiative to engage, connect, solve problems, share, and change their communities and the world. We see this in the people whose stories are featured in a new book, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time.

Cool, Clear Profit

Dylan Brody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Brody

If water comes to be deemed a fundamental human right and comes to be protected as such, how will important profit margins be maintained within the soft drink and petroleum industries?

'The Empathic Civilization': Why Animals Deserve Our Empathy Too

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marc Bekoff

A much-needed paradigm shift in how we view other animals and ourselves brings hope and life to our dreams for a more compassionate, empathic, fair, and peaceful planet in which social justice prevails.

What Arianna's Reading Next: Did America Wreck Capitalism?

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 01.02.2012 | Books

Arianna's reading a new book for March -- the fourth in the young life of HuffPost Books. If you've kept up with our series, you know that there's goi...

'Empathic Civilization' LIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW With Author Jeremy Rifkin Tomorrow At 3pm

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.26.2011 | Books

All throughout February, Arianna's been reading Jeremy Rifkin's "The Empathic Civilization"--the historical argument that empathy has helped us surviv...

'The Empathic Civilization': Boys Are The Key To An Empathic Future

Michael Thompson, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Thompson, Ph.D

As a child psychologist, it is clear to me that the quickest route to a more empathic civilization is to stop beating, belittling and in other ways psychologically scarring boys when they are young.

'Empathic Civilization': Do We Have Empathy Or Are We Just Good Rule Followers?

Simon Baron-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Simon Baron-Cohen

Following rules of morality, or adhering to convention are important for our social system to function smoothly, but they may not reflect empathy.

'Empathic Civilization': When Money No Longer Buys Happiness

Richard Layard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard Layard

Competition is lonely. Within organisations it may or may not increase productivity, but it does not increase happiness. To extol it is to make a fundamental misjudgment about human nature.

'Empathic Civilization': When Both Faith And Reason Fail, Stepping Up To The Age of Empathy

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeremy Rifkin

Today, a new generation of scientists, scholars, and social reformers are beginning to challenge some of the underlying assumptions of both the Age of Faith and the Age of Reason, taking us into the Age of Empathy.

The Schadenfreude of CBS' Undercover Boss

Benyamin Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Benyamin Cohen

CBS has created a show where fat cat execs hop off their perch, spend time with the little people, and leave with a better understanding of what it takes to make a living nowadays. Call it the first truly recession-era reality show. Or just call it porn.

'Empathic Civilization': Why Empathy Is Essential For Doctors And In Conflict Resolution

Jodi Halpern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jodi Halpern

When empathy is guided by a deeper understanding of each other's perspectives, it offers enormous promise for helping us build global cooperation.

'Empathic Civilization': Is It Time To Replace The American Dream?

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeremy Rifkin

To suggest that the American Dream itself is misguided, outdated, and even damaging to the American psyche, would be considered almost treasonous. Yet, I would like to suggest just that.

'Empathic Civilization': Building A New World One Child At A Time

Mary Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mary Gordon

Do we see children just as future breadwinners who will support us in our old age? Or do we see them as people who will lead us to a higher moral level of civilization?

'Empathic Civilization': Where The Jobs Are

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeremy Rifkin

President Obama, who was elected by a generation who is growing up on Facebook and the vast distributed power of the Internet, appears to not understand the job potential of a distributed Third Industrial Revolution.

'Empathic Civilization': Our Brains Were Built For Feeling Each Other's Pain

Richard Restak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard Restak

In our culture we're taught to think of ourselves as independent and self-actualizing. In reality, our brain is uniquely constructed for experiencing other people's thoughts, emotions and actions as if they were our own.

'The Empathic Civilization': The Young Pioneers Of The Empathic Generation

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Today's emerging adults see themselves as international citizens to an extent rarely experienced before.

'Empathic Civilization': Why Have We Become So Uncivil?

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeremy Rifkin

Washington insiders say they can't ever recall a period in American public life as full of anger and polarization as now.

Prairie Humanism and The Empathic Civilization

Glenn W. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Glenn W. Smith

Prairie humanists depend on the human biological capacity for empathy. This isn't surprising. There would be no human culture, and certainly no democracy, without empathy, which allows us to see the world through others' eyes.

Economic Recovery Will Fail Without Our Trust

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeremy Rifkin

Only recently, in the wake of the disastrous downturn of the global economy have some economists begun to turn their attention to the role social trust plays in providing the foundation for commerce and trade.

'Empathic Civilization' Excerpt: Homo-Empathicus, The Big Story That Historians Missed

The Huffington Post | Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The following is an excerpt from the HuffPost book club pick for February, Jeremy Rifkin's "The Empathic Civilization". Historians, by and large, wri...

Only Empathy Can Save Us: Why Jeremy Rifkin's The Empathic Civilization Is This Month's HuffPost Book Club Pick

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arianna Huffington

For this month's HuffPost Book Club, I have chosen Jeremy Rifkin's The Empathic Civilization, which boldly sets out to present nothing less than -- as Rifkin puts it -- "a new rendering of human history."

Jeremy Rifkin's New Book: The Coolest Online Reading Experience

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

'Empathic Civilization' and Jeremy Rifkin are giving HuffPost Books the chance to deliver the coolest online reading experience we've seen yet. Why ar...

'The Empathic Civilization': Rethinking Human Nature in the Biosphere Era

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeremy Rifkin

Our rush to universal empathic connectivity is running up against a rapidly accelerating entropic juggernaut in the form of climate change. Can we reach biosphere consciousness in time to avert planetary collapse?