Designing for Empathy, Conversations with Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi

Making a Difference BL speaker series

How can we help to foster different forms of empathy in youth to create a compassionate sustainable world?

Empathy is at the core of what it means to be human, enabling us to observe and understand others' physical and emotional needs. We live in complex, challenging times where the world is facing an empathy deficit. Empathy is a crucial element that positively shapes our social fabric, fostering interconnectedness and eradicating biases, injustice, and inequality.

Brilliant Labs is pleased to host our next virtual speaker series event around designing for empathy to create a compassionate sustainable world. It is an honour to welcome Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi to engage us in a conversation about navigating a new framework that explores empathy for design elements such as proximity, curiosity, dialogue, collective journeying, and contemplation.

We invite you all to come together and carefully examine our roles as designers of transformative spaces, products, and experiences that might foster empathy and a united vision towards humanity and the planet.

Please join us on Thursday, November 5, at 1:30 pm ADT. Click on this link to register. Students, Teachers, and parents are encouraged to join independently or in groups. This session is most relevant for Grade 6 and above.

About Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi

The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is an innovative thinker, philosopher, educator, and polymath monk. He is Director of the Ethics Initiative at the MIT Media Lab and President & CEO of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a center dedicated to inquiry, dialogue, and education on the ethical and humane dimensions of life.

Venerable Tenzin’s unusual background encompasses entering a Buddhist monastery at the age of ten and receiving graduate education at Harvard University with degrees ranging from Philosophy to Physics to International Relations. He is a Tribeca Disruptive Fellow and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

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