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SXSW Sessions

Mar 30, 2020

Empathy is in short supply. In this powerful session at SXSW 2019, Jamil Zaki, a world leader in empathy science, argues that our ability to care is not a fixed trait, but a skill we can grow through practice. Drawing on cutting-edge research, including experiments from his own lab, he demonstrates how empathy-building can overcome toxic cultural divisions. He shares stories of people—from cops to teachers to ex-neo Nazis—who are living these principles and fighting for kindness among the toughest of circumstances. Zaki’s talk offers a bold new challenge: to empathize with purpose. You can find Zaki's book, The War For Kindness, on sale now: