Call for Applications:ASHOKA’s Activating Empathy Project
Ashoka is launching a global initiative to ensure that children master empathy, enabling them to be effective citizens, leaders and trailblazers. Empathy is a critical skill in a world defined by rapid change – one that is foundational to the social, teamwork and leadership skills required to contribute successfully to society.
Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters, the challenge is open to teachers, principals, parents, students, and other innovators to share ideas – whether by a project, a program, or a new learning experience – for advancing empathy in education.
The main aims of this award are to:
- Encourage social and emotional development
- Promote community diversity and a respect for differences
- Unlock new ways of viewing problems, opening the door to a new world of potential solutions
- Address bullying or aggression in ways that advance understanding of others’ perspectives
- Champion children as real-world problem solvers rather than simply bystanders
Prepare to Enter or Nominate an individual, organization, or partnership with a solution online starting now.
A prize of $110,000 in cash and similar prizes will be given to the participants. There will be two Judge’s award of cash prize of US $5,000 each selected by a panel of expert judges. Moreover, there will also be One People’s Choice Award of Cash prize of US $5,000 selected by voting
Empathy is a critical skill in a world defined by rapid change–one that is foundational to the social, teamwork and leadership skills required to contribute successfully to society.
As the pace of change accelerates, the level of empathy required to collaborate in the workplace, or on other types of teams that bring change to the world, is higher than ever before.
If you aren’t proficient in empathy, you’re severely limiting your opportunities to contribute to society, and are at risk of being left behind. If we are to create a world where everyone can be a player, provide input, and create value, we must grasp, practice, and develop empathy.
Empathy is more than just awareness and concern. It is about cultural sensitivity and conflict resolution. It’s about the ability to communicate effectively and understand the motivations of others. Empathy is about standing up, not standing by, uncovering what’s below the surface through active listening and putting words into action.
This is why Ashoka is launching a global initiative to ensure that children master empathy, enabling them to be effective citizens, leaders and trailblazers.
Creating the future we envision demands we rethink our approach to school culture
and curricula. By launching an online collaborative competition, Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters,we’re challenging teachers, principals, parents, students, and other innovators to share ideas—whether by a project, a program, or a new learning experience—for advancing empathy in education.
Enter the competition today to share your passion for creating a world guided by empathy and collaboration, one led by empowered young people who succeed in the classroom and in every walk of life.
Deadline: March 30th 2012