Dr. Michele Borba: How to Activate Kids’ Empathy

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017, 7–9:30 pm

Teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago. Why is a lack of empathy, which goes hand-in-hand with the self-absorption epidemic Dr. Michele Borba calls the Selfie Syndrome, so dangerous? First, it hurts academic performance and leads to bullying behaviors. Also, it correlates with more cheating and less resilience. And once children grow up, a lack of empathy hampers their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve, all must-have skills for the global economy.

Dr. Borba pinpoints the forces causing the empathy crisis and shares a revolutionary, researched-based, 9-step plan for reversing it. Empathy is a trait that can be taught and nurtured. Dr. Borba offers a framework for parenting that yields the results we all want: successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient.

For a preview of the lecture you can watch the Michele Borba TED Talk on YouTube:

In lieu of a book sale, the first 50 WMF members to arrive will receive a free copy of the book How to Activate Kids Empathy: How to Raise Kids Who Think WE, not ME. Social time starts at 7:00pm, lecture will begin promptly at 8. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages/wine will be available for all attendees.

**At the lecture, and for two weeks following, the Charitable Givings committee will be collecting used books, DVDs, CDs, and video games to benefit More Than Words (MTW), a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth in foster care, court-involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. MTW youth work as a team to manage their own retail and online bookstore and cafe, developing real skills and self-confidence as they transition to adulthood. Your donations of books, DVDs, CDs, and video games are the building blocks for MTW to grow, thrive, and employ and empower youth.

What can you Donate? Items in Good, Gently Used or Better Condition. Paperback or Hardcover books, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Current Text books, History Books, Religious Books, Children’s Books, Cookbooks, Art Books, Philosophy Books, Coffee Table Picture Books, Classics, University Publishers (Harvard Press, etc), Audio Books CDs, Music CDs, DVDs, BluRay Discs, Video Games

*MTW cannot accept: Encyclopedias, Periodicals or Magazines, Music Cassettes, VHS Tapes, or items in poor condition (i.e.: moldy, water damage, missing pages, extreme highlighting/writing, or scratched discs, etc)

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