Q: Why #PROJECTEMPATHY?
A: When we can see our common humanity in others, we go from being a drop in the ocean to ocean in the drop. And, we believe that listening to and understanding other's perspectives is an important foundation for meaningful change.
Q: Who should I have a chat with?
A: Anybody you would be open to having a conversation with! They could be they could be your best friend, or complete strangers. We suggest posting on of the images on our social media, and having a conversation with whoever responds! Or, if you want to reach out to people directly, that works as well.
Q: Why do I need to find a view/feeling I share or differ on with the other person?
A: Firstly, because this project is about empathy, and you'll need empathy to find either. Secondly, with some people we so easily see similarity and share the same views, so it is important to pay attention to the nuances and subtle differences. With others, our gut reaction can be to jump to seeing differences, and it is beautiful to take the time to see similarities.
Q: What if I say the wrong thing?
A: Be respectful of the other person’s beliefs but the goal of this exercise is to have an open, honest conversation. If you focus on listening, you'll find you won't end up saying the wrong thing. And if either of you gets hurt, simply apologise, and continue listening.
If you're wondering what to talk about, here are some conversation prompts. Feel free to go beyond the protests and issues in America to whatever topics you wish. There is no 'right conversation' to have.
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|Name||Insta||Conversation with||What views/feelings were the same or differed?|
|@xevajc||We both believe we must fight for a change in terms of race relations in America but we differed in the idea that we black people should HAVE TO educate non-black people. Although I don't think we should be obligated to do the work of educating them I do believe that some people have to work toward it for a better outcome.|