Don’t miss this upcoming event…
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 12:00pm MT (11am PST/ 2pm EST)
If you missed our virtual conference, Madagascar + Global Issues: An Armchair Exploration, fear not! You can replay the video here.
Our next event will be a live Malagasy music concert, tentatively scheduled for August 31st. Save the date, and sign up for our email list to make sure you don’t miss it.
I am so grateful to all of our amazing presenters for educating and inspiring us.
and the only prescription is MORE EMPATHY!
Actually, the whole world has a fever right now. I’m not talking about coronavirus. During a time when we should be connecting more and caring for each other, the pattern I’m seeing on social media is disconnection, shame, and anger. The good news is that there is a cure. Yeah, you know the prescription.
There’s a famous quote that is constantly misinterpreted, and I talk about this a lot.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Now, a lot of people think this is a call to action, but it doesn’t say ‘Make the change’ or ‘Go do the change’ or ‘Shame people on facebook until the change happens.’ The statement is telling us to change the way we think, see, and react. The best way I have to describe this process is to develop empathy. And for me, because I’m a storyteller, the best way to develop empathy is to listen to the stories of other people, especially those very different from you.
Empathy is the ability to share and understand the feelings of others. How will this save the world? Well, a few examples include:
Streaming platforms like Kanopy, Netflix, and Prime are curating films about black and indigenous people of color. So if you find yourself feeling angry or confused right now, take a few hours to listen to someone’s story. It is a simple and fun way to make the world a better place.