Thought Leaders Continuing Ed in Local Congresses and Task Forces

Thought leaders continuing ed to expand pro-empathy freedom strengthens human rights advocacy!

Thought leaders reframe debates and points of view. And the Empathy Surplus Network USA is dedicated to collective continuing ed for human rights thought leaders to be more effective. Now more than ever the USA needs pro-empathy thought leaders promoting human rights. Is your civil society organization focused on human rights advocacy? Or is your business trying to align your operations around the UN Global Compact’s ten principles? Or maybe you’re a pro-empathy elected official or candidate. The Empathy Surplus Network USA connects pro-empathy thought leaders to strengthen American families.

Thought leaders continuing ed 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 the ESN USA is determined to help that work continue by offering our 501(c)3 infrasture as a place to continue. 

Thought leaders continuing ed build partnerships of shared values

Thought leaders at ESN USA do their work in network partnerships between their own organization and the ESN USA in ESN USA working groups and/or educational communities of practice called congresses. In addition to the core values empathy for and responsibility to the people of the USA, collaborative community service are also core values.  In fact, that partnering for human rights education is the third of our Four Empathy Activities – IMPLEMENT. Moreover, members are eligible to advance to ESN USA leadership roles to advance our important human rights education work. Furthermore, we believe we are a good fit for former USHRN leadership to consider. Finally, here’s a link to the ESN USA Governing DocsYou can visit us on Facebook or LinkedIn or Twitter.

Thought Leaders Can Consider the First of Four Empathy Activities.

Thought leaders advancing human rights, according to cognitive scientist George Lakoff, can do it well in three important ways. And current ESN USA members – business owners, clergy, farmers, financial advisors, HR directors, nurses, and local candidates – as well as former USHRN members are already doing the most important thing. In fact, the most important thing we can do to advance human rights is simply talk about human rights. And we believe the ESN USA Effective Governance Working Group is where the former USHRN member organizations can continue doing what they do best. In addition, we can do better.

Thought leaders can be more effective through continuing ed. However, the ESN USA is not talking about continuing ed on human rights, because former USHRN member organizations are already experts in your field. Rather, we are talking about our first of Four Empathy Activities:  “Inwardly digest and use the latest brain insights from Dr. George Lakoff to frame daily caring conversations that promote human rights.” We can all get better at framing our human rights concerns, and in doing so, we help unite our different issue silos.

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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Caring Thought Leaders Core Values


the soul of democracy


both personal and social


to govern with empathy and responsibility


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 collective thought leadership training network headquartered in Wilmington, Ohio. It fulfills its Four Empathy Activities through member communities of practice called Empathy Surplus Congresses and their task forces. 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.

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Pro-Empathy Freedom Declaration

I am a caring human being
in a strong community
of nurturing families.
I govern with empathy.
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
human rights advocates
known and unknown,
we mutually pledge
to each other
our Lives, our Fortunes,
and our sacred Honor.
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Declaration Toolkit