Empathy is the American Ideal
Stronger Americans require a caring politic, a caring society, and a caring economy that respects, protects, and promotes human rights for the sake of climate survival.
Empathy is the soul of our republic and its democratic institutions, which rejects empire. In fact, it’s at the heart of ESG investing, i.e., financial investing with respect, protection, and promotion of a clean environment, social progress of expanded human rights, and effective governance void of corruption of public governance. And caring citizens and their elected and appointed representatives have a moral duty to care for each other to expand freedom and fairness for all. Moreover, Americans grow stronger when our government’s protection and empowerment infrastructure is strong. Furthermore, investing in a stronger American infrastructure means investing equally in protection, diplomacy, and citizen empowerment both domestically and abroad. Ratification and enablement of all UN human rights treaties would strengthen Americans by making human rights the law of the land in the USA.
The Methodology? Consistent and Ongoing Repetition of Empathic and Nurturant Moral Values
Because our body politic suffers from an empathy deficit, now is the time to heal it. And human rights education can be a part of the healing treatment. According to cognitive science, all policy in any human organization has two components – one material and the other cognitive. On one hand, the material is the nuts and bolts of the policy. On the other hand, the cognitive component is the moral idea that must physically reside in the human brain for the policy to make sense. Consequently, to build progressive, nurturant trust in a particular policy you must consistently and repeatedly talk about the progressive, nurturant morality that undergirds the policy.
The Human Rights Pocketbook Venture is a youth human rights empathy education initiative.
Children are shaped by their communities. And Empathy Surplus Congress members want to partner with you and distribute a personal pocketbook version of the Illustrated Universal Declaration of Human Rights every year to every teacher and student in kindergarten, 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th-graders, as well as 1st-year college students. Because talking about human rights strengthens human rights. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “One thing we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’ Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.”
Active Ventures and Contacts Map
Thanks to your generosity we distribute 1,885 pocketbooks annually. And 58% of them go to students and teachers. Furthermore, the rest go to potential partners, because before our children and their teachers actually get them a lot of adult conversations have to happen. And as you learned above, ongoing conversations about human rights strengthens the idea of human rights, even in the brains of human rights detractors. Below is an interactive map of the conversations that are taking place. The black locations indicate zip codes where pocketbooks were sent to potential partners, who have declined to participate in the Human Rights Pocketbook Venture. The orange locations indicate emerging conversations by people in that zip code. And the blue locations indicate zip codes where teachers and students have begun to receive the Illustrated Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As you can see from the USA map, the future of human rights education remains dark. YOU could provide the light – the ongoing conversation – in your zip code for human rights.
Join the Stronger American Working Group
Stronger American Working Group Volunteers are needed to help us identify willing teachers in K, 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th-grades and 1st-year college. Currently participating teachers are English teachers. Volunteers gain access to our members-only content on this page as well as organizing software. To gain access as a volunteer one must have an @empathysurplus.com email address. To apply as a volunteer please submit this volunteer form (coming soon).
Become a referral partner. Do you know teachers or parents of students in our focus grades – kindergarten, 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th-grades? Want to send them complimentary copies of the pocketbook version of the Illustrated UDHR so you can start a conversation? We’ll do some of the work for you. To get started email your info to email@example.com.
Become a human rights educator. Are you a teacher of kindergarteners, 3rd, 6th, 9th, or 12th-graders? We want to provide you with complimentary copies of pocketbooks for your students every year. To get started email your name, school, and cell phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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