The Empathic Civilization - Must see!
Source:Films for Action
Jeremy Rifkin is founder and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends. Since 1994, he has been a senior lecturer at Wharton School's Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Rifkin is the principal architect of the EU's Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan and has been influential in shaping public policy both in the US and around the world to ensure responsible government policies on environmental, scientific and technology related issues.
A fantastically well articulated viewpoint of the worlds present state & possible future. In a sobering introduction he discusses the impacts of diminishing oil resources & the pivotal importance of a collaborative response to the crisis that will inevitable follow when this fundamental resource is no longer available. He continues by discussing the role of empathy in education, parenting & cultural evolution. He argues that society has been living off outdated ideas that are increasingly dysfunctional and that we need to actively work to change our mode of consciousness.
His sobering introduction leaves no stain on the quality of this presentation. Its informative, entertaining and at points his passion is inspiring, it is definitely worthwhile for the attentive listener whose thoughts are fuelled by the well knitted words of an interesting individual.
Jeremy Rifkin's 2010 lecture to Ross faculty discussing the role of empathy in education. He argues that society has been living off outdated ideas that are increasingly dysfunctional and that we need to actively work to change our mode of consciousness. With a belief that human beings are 'soft wired' for empathy, he pleads for educators and society at large to nurture and cultivate this empathy in students in an effort to form a global, biospheric consciousness.