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Thursday, June 10 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
From Another World: What Being an “Alien” Can Teach You About Empathy

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We feel empathy when we understand and feel what someone else is experiencing, especially when we can connect about similar situations. When “otherness” comes into play, empathy can be a challenge. With concrete tools to offer empathy, attendees will be empowered to choose empathy in their lives, even with the most difficult situations. 

Empathy and Creative Problem Solving go hand in hand since CPS is powered by understanding and connection with real people. As a master researcher and facilitator, Marta Villanueva has heard thousands of stories which have allowed her to find the human threads which empower connection or oneness and identify the variations in perceptions which can get in the way, and create “otherness.” 

This session will go beyond understanding empathy to empowering us to practice being empathic, especially when faced with “otherness.” Marta will give an extraordinary challenge to “otherness” by inviting attendees to understand her personal journey and her motivations to leave El Salvador, and cross 3 borders illegally. It’s easy to connect with others who share our world view. This session will empower attendees to act on empathy, because it is crucial not just for personal growth, but for humanity in general. 

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will understand the barriers to empathy (unpacking otherness and oneness).
  • You will connect with others who may have preconceived bias or misunderstanding, learning ways to overcome barriers to empathy. 
  • You will be empowered to act on your learning through practical exercises. 

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might understand empathy as a skill to be developed, making it accessible to anybody.
  • You might use tools to empower acting on empathy. 
  • You might practice connecting when “otherness” is present.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might gain awareness on how to tap into your story and apply empathy for cultural change.
  • You might learn practical exercises for applying empathy in your everyday lives, especially in the most challenging situations.
  • You might create awareness around how decisions made with empathy enable personal growth and change your world view.

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Marta Villanueva

Chief Insights Officer, NuThinking, Inc.
#Hispanic research #qualitative research #insightsI am a Bilingual and bicultural expert with nearly 20 years’ experience in consumer insights for product and brand innovation. Creative thinker grounded in marketing with expertise in conducting research across categories and consumer... Read More →

Thursday June 10, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT