Empathy Surplus Congresses Train Caring Thought Leaders

Empathy Surplus Congresses train caring thought leadership. And they start with at least two caring citizens committed to exercising the Four Empathy Activities via Zoom. In fact, congresses with less than six participants are called satellites and receive assistance from an established congress. And when the congress reaches six members it can apply for a charter. Moreover, when a congress reaches an average attendance of 10, it begins discussing how to divide into two separate congresses, because it’s hard to have an hour conversation with a dozen people. Furthermore, when it reaches 12 members, it divides into two groups. Also, chartered congresses have a representative on the ESPF governing board and guide its work. Finally, here’s a link to the model bylawsDon’t have time for a congress? Join the ESP George Lakoff Reading and Discussion Group on Facebook.

Empathy Surplus Congresses train ethical businessmen and women, or civil society organization members like US Human Rights Network members, or effective government task force participants to participate in collective, caring thought leadership training as an organization. 

Empathy Surplus Congress Train Members

Empathy Surplus Congress train members in collective caring thought leadership. And our ideal member is a caring citizen and a social entrepreneur. In addition, they own a computer, uses the internet, and are intentional about collaboration and training. In fact, they especially want to become effective communicators in their centers of influence. Moreover, they want to REFRAME our world to a caring society creating a caring, circular economy. Furthermore, they also reference our framing guide frequently. And current ESC members are business owners, clergy, farmers, financial advisors, HR directors, nurses, elected officials, and future candidates. 

Empathy Surplus Congresses train thought leaders. And member commitment to the Four Empathy Activities means they are first reading Dr. Lakoff’s work each week and writing 350 words – INWARD DIGESTION. Second, their INVESTMENT of an hour each week at weekly hearings gives them the opportunity to offer their 3-minute testimony. And testimonies may be offered off the cuff. Third, during the ESC hearings members describe how they IMPLEMENTED congressional policy directions and or fourth, how they INVITED others to participate. IMPLEMENTATION and INVITATION are ideally offered via our blog, social media posts, or via email listserves.

Benefits to Caring Thought Leadership Training in an Empathy Surplus Congress 

  • Increase your understanding of cognitive science and linguistics in political and moral discourse
  • Learn how to expand empathy in yourself and others
  • Learn how to respond to conservatives
  • Expand your personal sense of a nurturant purpose 
  • Give direction to your duty to care for self and others
  • Strengthen your ability to communicate care more effectively
  • Improve your collaboration skills needed in a caring society
  • Reduce your feelings of helplessness and be the responsible change
  • Increase your security in the knowledge of what counts as effective nurturant communication
  • Build your oratory confidence with practice
  • Improve your caring critical thinking through testimonials and conversations
  • Meet other caring citizens who want to expand empathy in their communities
  • Feel better after talking about human rights expansion

Our Blog

Here’s where you will find congressional testimonies that reframe our world around progressive values.

Satellite Congresses

Candidates for membership in an Empathy Surplus Congress are encouraged to join an existing congress. However, if there is no congress that convenes at a convenient time, candidates are encouraged to consider convening a satellite congress with the help of an existing congressional member. Therefore, you would petition an existing congress to convene a satellite at a different time and/or day and the members of that congress would negotiate a time and day convenient for you and the congressional member that would lead your congress until it had the minimum number of six members to charter. 

Existing Congresses

Currently, we have congressional members in Ohio and Virginia. And you can use the Google Map below to explore their locations. Also, consider reaching out to one of the congressional members to visit as a guest or for more information.

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Structural Diagram

Caring Thought Leadership Core Values

  • Empathy
  • Responsibility (personal & mutual)
  • Strength (to act responsibly on one's empathy)

Ten-Word Caring Philosophy

  • Stronger Americans
  • Progressive Markets
  • Better Futures
  • Effective Government
  • Mutual Responsibility

The Empathy Surplus Project Foundation is a charitable collective thought leadership training federation headquartered in Wilmington, Ohio. It fulfills its Four Empathic Activities through member communities of practice called Empathy Surplus Congresses and its working groups. Donations are exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(a) and described in section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Please consider using our free framing guide - Lakoff's Words to Use to Frame Our Solution.

George Lakoff's Resources

The basic idea is this: Dr. Lakoff's resources are free and open to all. He 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.  Dr. Lakoff's process is bottom-up.

Dr. Lakoff also offers this framing service to activist organizations, media folks, and elected officials and their staff.

UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL compact resources

Caring Citizen Declaration

I am a caring citizen.
I govern with empathy.
I here highly resolve that
this nation, under God,
shall have a new birth
of freedom - and
that government
of the people,
for the people,
by the people
shall not perish
from the earth.
I am a person
with human rights.
I care for my own
Safety and Happiness
and that of others.
I am the solution
to expanding life,
liberty, and the pursuit
of happiness.
And for the support
of this declaration,
joining caring citizens
known and unknown,
we mutually pledge
to each other
our Lives, our Fortunes,
and our
sacred Honor.

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