Human Rights Adult Education 

Human rights thought leaders continuing education begins with committing to empathy as a core value of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights!

Human rights thought leaders are most effective when they reframe their particular human rights debate around UDHR Article 1 empathy. Article 1 states:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and must act towards each other in a spirit of brotherhood.

Human rights thought leader arguments become stronger when we remind our hearers that the moral basis of their particular human rights passion is their commitment to empathy for the lives of all human beings who have been born. A fetus has no human rights. For example, our passion for human rights. . .

  • Article 4 – The abolishment of slavery is based on empathy for human beings, especially people of color, still targeted by the US Constitutional Amendment 13, which launched for prison labor for profit, the new slavery in the USA.
  • Article 7 – All are equal before the law is based on empathy for human beings, except in the USA, where conservatism’s white male moral hierarchy rules.
  • Article 16 – Family freedom is based on empathy for human beings, except in the USA, where conservatism ignores consent and wants women to endure forced pregnancy.

Human rights thought leaders continuing education begins with committing to responsibility as a core value of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights!

Human rights thought leaders are most effective when they reframe their particular human rights debate around UDHR Article 29 responsibility. Responsibility or duty comes in two forms – personal and mutual. Article 29 states:

1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.

2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Human rights thought leader arguments become stronger when we remind our hearers that the moral basis of their particular human rights passion is their commitment to empathy for and responsibility to the lives of all human beings who have been born. Empathy for and responsibility to make freedom, opportunity, and prosperity possible. But without a commitment to reminding our hearers that all other rights are based on these moral values, our advocacy efforts are weakened.

Human rights thought leaders continuing education to build an empathy surplus strengthens Universal Periodioc Review – former USHRN members welcome!

Thought leaders continuing ed is collective, collaborative, and seeks to build an empathy surplus in our individual centers of influence. In addition to membership in the United Nations Global Compact since 2014, the ESN USA was a member of the USHRN from 2015 until it closed its doors last month and ended its valuable UPR work. And ESN USA is determined to help that work continue by offering our 501(c)3 infrastructure as a place to continue. 

Benefits to Thought Leaders Continuing Ed in the ESN USA 

  • 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

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Structural Diagram

Caring Thought Leaders Core Values

Empathy

the soul of democracy

Responsibility

both personal and social

Commitment

to govern with empathy and responsibility

Ten-Word

Pro-Empathy Philosophy

Stronger America(ns) 

reframes stronger military

Progressive Markets 

reframes free markets

Better Futures

reframes lower taxes

Effective Government

reframes less government

Mutual Responsibility

reframes family values

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.

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The Empathy Surplus Network USA is a charitable human rights thought leaders continuing education collective headquartered in Wilmington, Ohio. We fulfill our mission with adult weekly forums and partnerships with teachers and organizations to distribute complimentary copies of the Illustrated Universal Declaration of Human Rights to K-12 and college students. Donations are exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(a) and described in section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Pro-Empathy Freedom Declaration

I am a progressive -
a caring human being
in a strong, diverse community
of nurturing families.
I am a pro-empathy voter and
govern with empathy for and
responsibility to others.
I here highly resolve that
this nation shall have
a new birth of freedom
- and that government
of the people,
by the people,
for 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
progressive human rights
advocates and
pro-empathy voters,
we mutually pledge
to each other
our Lives, our Fortunes,
and our sacred Honor.
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Declaration Toolkit