27 minutes | Jun 15, 2020

Episode 30 - How Empathy Can Break Cycles of Violence with Ms. Mary Gordon, President and Founder of Roots of Empathy

Join Amina as she interviews Ms. Mary Gordon, President and Founder of Roots of Empathy. They discuss how empathy can break cycles of violence, combat various social injustices including racism, and make our world more peaceful. Ms. Gordon goes into detail about the inspirational work her organization does to foster empathy and emotional literacy in classrooms around the world. Mary Gordon is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert who has created programs informed by the power of empathy. They have been used as a best practice model internationally. Ms. Gordon is a frequent keynote speaker in conferences and has presented to and advised governments, educational organizations and international bodies such as The World Health Organization, and the United Nations. Both Ms. Gordon and her organization have received many international awards recognizing her contribution to innovation in education and international social entrepreneurship. She has won her country’s highest award for innovation, the Governor General’s Award for Innovation and the Manning Innovation Award. She has been given the highest distinction in her country, the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, and the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is an Ashoka Globalizer and represents 3,500 Ashoka Social Entrepreneurs on the Global Board in DC. Both Ms. Gordon and the program have been featured in the New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, The Globe and Mail, Time Magazine, Japan’s NHK, CBC and in features on PBS, CNN, NBC and the Huffington Post. She has written articles and book chapters and her book, Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child, is a Canadian bestseller.
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