Framing the Environment
What follows are six short videos by cognitive scientist and linguist, George Lakoff, entitled Frameworks, Empathy, and Sustainability. These videos provide some context for the efforts caring citizens in their neighborhood congresses to change politics from winning and losing to governing. See Framing for Activists by George Lakoff.
Video #1 – Overview Of The Mind – Why You Can’t Be Rational Without Being Emotional.
Video #2 – Metaphors Structure Everything That You Learn
Video #3 – Morality Is About Well-Being
Video #4 – The Nation As Family Metaphor – The Market As A Moral System
Video #5 – Dangerous Fundamental Metaphors – Includes discussion of fungibility of money, Peter Barnes’ Capitalism 3.0, the physics of how brains change when new ideas are learned.
Video #6 – Your Brain Is Always Changing
Caring Thought Leaders Core Values
the soul of democracy
both personal and social
to govern with empathy and responsibility
Pro-Empathy Freedom Voters
Cultivate Empathy with
Culture Diplomacy S.H.O.E.S.
S - Show up at public and private meetings to cultivate empathy
H - Help elected officials cultivate empathy in civic tasks
O - Organize to cultivate empathy in civic tasks
E - Educate about human rights empathy, the soul of democracy
S - Start each day to publicly cultivate empathy
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.
Pro-Empathy Pledge to the People of the World
(Recited while holding a neighbor's hand. People from other countries may insert the name of their country.)
I pledge allegiance to the people of the world
and to my neighbors in the United States of America
and to our human rights, which I defend and promote,
one world governed with empathy and responsibility,
with liberty and justice for all.
Empathy Surplus Network USA is a 501c3 local human rights empathy education community of practice that applies the latest brain insights of George Lakoff to moral and political discourse to protect human rights with the rule of law. To reverse our national empathy deficit, we invite you to join our culture diplomacy initiative to make empathy, the soul of democracy and ethical business, the center of public and private debate. Donations are exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(a) and described in section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.