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Friday, June 28 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Start Empathy - India

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Increasingly, innovative leaders see empathy as a critical and foundational skill, allowing people to effectively spot problems and advance ideas that are invisible in traditional hierarchical structures.  In particular, as rules are in flux, as people move fluidly in and between formerly homogenous groups, cultures, and societies, and as power is shared by all, every person needs an even higher level of empathetic skill in order to thrive. We forsee a need for applied empathy—the ability to understand what other people are feeling and to act in response in a way that avoids harm and contributes to positive change. While exploring why empathy is now more critical than ever, this session will explore:

  • Its relevance in the changing Indian context ?
  • How institutions- schools and companies can encourage and unlock skills of empathy?
  • What is the empathy levels across various strata, geographies and workspaces?

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Vishnu Swaminathan

Country Director, Ashoka Innovators for the Public
Vishnu joins Ashoka with more than 14 years of experience as Entrepreneur and innovator. He started two companies in Singapore in the areas of Financial transactions & Animation technology. After one of the companies was acquired he moved to India to head a leadership school based... Read More →

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Sara Adhikari

Director, Small Change Co
Sara fell into journalism by accident and started her career at the top of the ladder as editor of Of Age, a youth magazine in Kolkata. Since then her climb down has taken her to Times of India as assistant editor, and finally The Sun, UK, as sub-editor. Now back in Kolkata after... Read More →
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Bill Drayton

Founder, Ashoka
Bill Drayton pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship. While a student at Harvard College, Balliol College in Oxford University and Yale Law School, he launched a number of organizations, including Harvard’s Ashoka Table, an interdisciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences... Read More →

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Vishal Talreja

Dream a Dream
Formerly an investment banker and venture capitalist, Vishal Talreja has built a network of volunteers that offer vulnerable children opportunities to increase their chances for normal childhood development.

Friday June 28, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am IST
Infosys Campus Pune

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