How can we be touched by the feelings of others if we are afraid of the unknown, mistrust differences and look at the world through our cultural lenses? As expats, we are certainly in a privileged position to practice our skills of empathy, because every time we change countries, we need to break barriers, turn the unknown into familiarity, and integrate difference if we want to function in our lives.
However, we rarely stop and think of how our skills could be further developed and put in the service of communities at large.
we invite you to practice empathy, to train yourself in creative and enthusing ways to increase your skills, and to practically use them for yourself, your family, your communities and the world.
We will regularly challenge you to focus on one of the behaviors listed by Christopher and do as much as you can in your daily life, wherever you are, to strengthen it. There are no fixed rules to proceed; everything is up to your creativity and willingness. We invite you to come back to us with a feedback on how your challenge goes. You can do this in any form you want: writing an article, sharing thoughts, sending us pictures that reflect your path… anything that can contribute to the experience as we to delve into this amazing community effort.
Our current challenge is :
“How many books/articles/magazines of your host country do you read on average per year?
How many fine arts exhibitions or events do you attend?
Have ever experienced difficulties in understanding local habits and practices in countries where access to fine arts is limited or not immediate?