Host, Mike Domitrz is joined by CAST members Darren Tipton, Cathy Cassani Adams and Jessica Pettitt, to discuss the multiple aspects of compassion and empathy. Mike starts the conversation off with a snippet of President Obama’s farewell speech and the group shares their reactions. The exchange delves into the dialogues taking place in present-day society relating to compassion and empathy, how each member is aware of compassion in their daily lives, and what techniques and strategies may be applied to breed empathy.
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[1:20] Mike reads a section of President Obama’s farewell speech.
[3:42] Darren, Cathy and Jessica assess the difference between empathy and compassion.
[9:29] If you listen with preconceived notions, do you really hear the message?
[14:25] Becoming self-aware of our judgment, to know if we are unsafe or uncomfortable.
[19:12] People are struggling to be compassionate in this political environment.
[26:31] Why is there so much hate right now?
[30:34] Techniques and strategies to bring compassion into daily life.
[33:50] The book that exemplifies compassion for Cathy, Jessica and Darren.
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The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, by Benjamin Zander
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, by Pema Chodron
Good Enough Now: How Doing the Best We Can With What We Have is Better Than Nothing, by Jessica Pettit
However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph, by Aimee Molloy
Cathy Cassani Adams, LCSW, CPC is a self-awareness expert and the co-host of Zen Parenting Radio. She’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Parent Coach, Certified Elementary School Teacher, Certified Yoga Teacher, and she’s a professor in the Sociology Department at Dominican University. Her most recent book, Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting won a Nautilus Award, National Indie Excellence Award, and an International Book Award.
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Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP, pulls together her stand up comedy years with 15+ years of diversity trainings in a wide range of organizations to serve groups to move from abstract fears to actionable habits that lead to teams that want to work together. With a sense of belonging and understanding, colleagues take more risks with their ideation, converse precious resources through collaboration, and maintain real connections with clients over time.
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Volunteerism and service transform communities and bring purpose to life! For twenty years, Darren Tipton has been challenging people to volunteer. He is the inspiration of the volunteer mobilization resource: “Kathatika” – a call to volunteer action bringing awareness of the infinite impact volunteer service and the co-author of the community-based engagement curriculum of Story to Service. He’s the founder of Project Humanity, a nonprofit focused on empowering women in Africa.