Mary Gordon to speak at special screening of Love, Hate and Everything in Between
16 October 2012: On October 22nd, Roots of Empathy Founder/President Mary Gordon will be participating in a panel discussion on empathy at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in London, England. The discussion will coincide with a special screening of the documentary film Love, Hate and Everything in Between, which also features Gordon and the Roots of Empathy program.
Gordon will be joined by psychology expert Simon Baron Cohen and the film’s director, Alex Gabbay, and will present the impact of Roots of Empathy in classrooms worldwide, as well as the value of social and emotional learning in children.
Love, Hate and Everything in Between explores the many facets of empathy. Selected for her expertise as a child advocate, educator, social entrepreneur, and Ashoka Globalizer, Gordon addresses the development of empathy in children as achieved through the Roots of Empathy program.
Gordon emphasizes the societal importance of emotional literacy as the film concludes with her powerful message: “…Emotional literacy allows us to connect to one another in the world. As important as it is to learn to read, if we don’t learn to relate, then we are a failed society.”
The panel guests will participate in an audience Q&A after the film screening. The event is currently fully booked, however there is a waitlist available at the RSA website.
Left to right: Simon Baron-Cohen, Alex Gabbay, Matthew Taylor and Mary Gordon at the RSA screening.
Matthew Taylor, RSA Chief Executive, led the post-screening discussion with panelists Alex Gabbay, Mary Gordon and Simon Baron-Cohen.
In their conversation, the panelists addressed the potential for empathy to resolve issues of aggression and subjugation. “The developmental health and wealth of nations rests on the breath of children. If we don’t help children develop empathy we’re in big trouble,” said Gordon.
Read more about the event on the RSA website.