I’ve been working on book readability, and on the advice of Braden, Kevin and Ryan, I’ve been attempting to boil down the complexity of all my empathy work to seven, easily recallable precepts, or principles.
Here they are:
- As we relate, so we think. And how we relate depends on empathy.
- Growing in empathy depends on a feeling of safety.
- Social structure, controlled by empathy, dictates how we shape and pattern the knowledge we create.
- How we think is characterized by how we structure knowledge – from fragments to connected thoughts, to guiding principles. That practice feeds back to our own empathetic development.
- Different social structures and their varying levels of empathy grow or impede our personal development.
- All our solution paths to innovation emerge from social structure and empathy.
- Our empathetic development scales both our timelines and our sense of responsibility, and informs us when conflict is likely with others at different levels of development.
Thanks to Kate Raworth and her excellent book, Doughnut Economics, for the patterning example.
Feel free to leave comments or criticisms!