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The Ideal Caring Citizen Thought Leader

The Ideal Caring Citizen Thought Leader

Reframing IS social change. Building an empathy surplus in YOUR world begins with you changing your language. The Four Empathic Activities of a Caring Citizen Leader all start with the letter “I.”  I INWARDLY digest and use the work of George Lakoff to frame caring...

Twenty-Eight Linguistic Guidelines Effective Caring Citizens Use

Twenty-Eight Linguistic Guidelines Effective Caring Citizens Use

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...

Our Patriotic Progressive Values

Our Patriotic Progressive Values

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...

Four Really Important Peace-making Guidelines

Four Really Important Peace-making Guidelines

Linguistic Guidelines From Don’t Think of an Elephant Our sometime advisor, George Lakoff, laid out in both editions of Don't Think of an Elephant, linguistic guidelines that members of a Caring Citizens' Congress strive to use everyday. The guidelines focus on...

Recite the Caring Citizen Declaration Every Day

Recite the Caring Citizen Declaration Every Day

Caring citizens have a high calling recognized in our Declaration of Independence and the words of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Freedom over slavery and well-being over corporate servitude are the order of the day.  Our crisis is not in...

George Lakoff’s Books Train Caring Citizen Thought Leaders

George Lakoff’s Books Train Caring Citizen Thought Leaders

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...

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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 - 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 occupy 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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