Our Empathy Surplus Congresses Convene via Zoom

The Ideal Empathy Surplus Congress

The ideal Empathy Surplus Congress is at least two caring citizens committed to exercising the Four Empathic Activities via Zoom. Congresses of under six are called satellites and receive assistance from an established congress. When the congress reaches six members it can apply for a charter. And 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. And when it reaches 12 members, it divides into two groups. Chartered congresses have a representative on the ESPF governing board and guide its work. 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 are ideal for ethical businessmen and women, or civil society organization members like Rotary for Peace, or effective government task force participants to participate in collective, caring thought leadership training as an organization. 

The Ideal Empathy Surplus Congress Member

The ideal ESC member is a caring citizen, a social entrepreneur, owns a computer, uses the internet, and is intentional about collaboration and collective thought leadership. They especially want to become effective communicators in their centers of influence to REFRAME our world to a caring society creating a caring, circular economy. They also reference our framing guide frequently. Current ESC members are business owners, clergy, farmers, financial advisors, HR directors, nurses, elected officials, and future candidates. 

Their commitment to the Four Empathic Activities means they are ideally reading Dr. Lakoff’s work each week and writing 330 words – INWARD DIGESTION. Their INVESTMENT of an hour each week at recorded ESC hearings uploaded to YouTube gives them the opportunity to offer their 3-minute testimony. Testimonies may be offered off the cuff. During the ESC hearings members describe how they IMPLEMENTED congressional policy directions and or INVITED others to participate. IMPLEMENTATION and INVITATION are ideally offered via our blog, social media posts, or via email list serves.

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. 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. Use the Google Map below to explore their locations. Reach 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 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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