Mary Gordon Speaks at Empathy and Compassion in Society
26 November 2012: Roots of Empathy Founder/President Mary Gordon delivered a keynote address at the Empathy and Compassion in Society conference in London, England this past weekend. The conference brought together leading experts on empathy from a variety of backgrounds to present case studies of the successful application of empathy in education, healthcare and social action.
Gordon shared her expertise with policy makers, as well as public sector, education, health and social care professionals multiple times throughout the conference. Gordon’s keynote address—“Empathy Education in Primary Schools: Research and Effectiveness”— explored the theme of Compassion in Action and Social Cohesion.
Gordon also led a 90-minute workshop on “Roots of Empathy in Education.” Using her experience with the program, Gordon outlined best practices in the application of empathy in education. She presented significant research demonstrating the impact of the Roots of Empathy program in increasing prosocial behaviours and decreasing aggression in children.
Finally, Gordon joined a plenary roundtable on compassionate leadership including cultural historian Roman Krznaric; Dr. James Doty, Founder and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University; Professor Paul Gilbert, head of the Mental Health Research Unit at University of Derby and recipient of the Order of the British Empire; and Patrick Gaffney, President of the Tenzin Gyatso Institute.
Mary Gordon (center, seated) participates in a roundtable on compassionate leadership. Panel, from left: Roman Krznaric, James Doty, Mary Gordon, Patrick Gaffney and Paul Gilbert.
The conference took place November 23-24 at The Friends House in London, England.