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Our mentor, Dr. George Lakoff, cognitive scientist and linguist, wrote, “The blessings of democracy cannot be taken for granted. Maintaining democracy requires conceptual and linguistic maintenance. We have to ask the Reflexivity Question for Personhood: Can linguistic framing change the kind of person someone is? The answer seems to be yes.” The Empathy Surplus Project was established in 2009 and is a membership, collective education organization that supports the work of Dr. Lakoff to strengthen caring citizen thought leadership and build an empathy surplus in our spheres of influence.
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The Human Rights Pocketbook Venture is a positive peace initiative of the Empathy Surplus Project. We want to partner with United Nation Global Compact participants, especially the USA Network, as well as civil society organizations with UN roots, like Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis to distribute a personal copy to each 9th grader and incoming college student every year. Here’s the list of current schools participating in the Human Rights Pocketbook Venture.
Our Four Empathic Activities
We are a community of practice. Every day we will promote the idea of a government of, by, and for the people by practicing Four Empathic Activities.
We will inwardly digest and use the latest insights of the brain to frame caring conversations in our spheres of influence.
We will invest in our weekly congresses to identify caring policy directions.
We will implement our caring policy directions through partnerships with ethical business, effective government institutions, and caring society organizations.
We will invite others to join us and promote government of, by, and for people. #GovOfBy4People
Empathy is the soul of democracy, and today’s challenge is how to reverse the world’s empathy deficit.
Empathy is hard wired in humans at birth through neural pathways and can be strengthened or weakened through nurturant parent governing or strict father governing of the family, respectfully. The language of those same nation as family metaphors that are also used unconsciously in ethical business, public government task forces, and caring society organizations create morally complex individuals.
George Lakoff – Cognitive Scientist and Linguistic Expert for Progressive Speech
Experts help us know our values and reframe the debate. Our #1 priority is to promote the application of the insights of the cognitive scientist and linguistic expert, Dr. George Lakoff. Our communities of practice, neighborhood Empathy Surplus Congresses, are…
Supporting young caring citizens fighting for their lives is critical to climate survival. That’s why we encourage our neighborhood Empathy Surplus Congresses to host and co-host Greta Thunberg‘s #FridaysForFuture.
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Reframing IS social change. Building an empathy surplus in YOUR world begins with you changing your language. The Four Empathic Activites of a Caring Citizen Leader all start with the letter “I.” I will INWARDLY digest and use the latest insights of the brain to...
Linguistic Guidelines From Don’t Think of an Elephant 1. Progressive values are the best of American values we share with nations around the world. Stand up for your values with dignity and strength. You are a true patriot because of your values. 2. Remember that...
Effective caring citizens use five sets of three values repeatedly in their conversations, their letters to the editor, in their blog posts, etc. Why? Because there are two very important cognitive and linguistic tools Dr. Lakoff encourages: (1) Say what you want...
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The basic idea is this: It is free and open to all. We will provide framing suggestions regularly over social media, and whoever receives them can decide how to use them, and whether to share them or retweet them. The process is bottom up.
We also offer this framing service to activist organizations, media folks, and elected officials and their staffs.
Empathy is the soul of democracy, citizens caring for one another, leading to freedom and fairness for all. The Empathy Surplus Project (ESP) is a non-profit, charitable, membership, collective education organization. ESP strengthens caring citizen thought leadership to promote effective government and progressive markets through mutual responsibility. Your monthly freedom investments help reframe our world. Please invest today.