The very first Empathy Museum
I've been an avid follower of Roman Krznaric since the day I met him in 2008 at a panel discussion in London. I've read his books and have been following his journey towards his overriding passion of opening an Empathy museum.
A few years ago, Roman was so kind to grant me an in-depth interview.
In his latest book 'Empathy - Why It Matters, and How to Get It', Roman talks about "how we can boost our empathy and use it to improve our relationships, enhance our creativity, rethink our priorities in life, and tackle social problems from everyday prejudice to violent conflicts." Empathy, Krznaric argues, has the power to transform relationships, from the personal to the political, and create fundamental social change.
Since the book launch Roman has founded an online Empathy Library, a digital treasure house to share inspiring books and films to spark a global empathy revolution.
The 4th September sees the opening of the the world's first Empathy Museum, launching its inaugural exhibition, A Mile in My Shoes, on the Thames riverside in London as part of the Totally Thames festival.
A Mile in My Shoes is an empathy shoe shop, where visitors are invited to walk in the actual shoes of another person,ranging from a paediatric brain surgeon and a market trader to a refugee and a chess grand master. While walking along for a mile in someone else's shoes you are immersed in an audio narrative of their life.
To help support the launch the Empathy Museum team have started a crowd funding campaign at Indiegogo to raise the additional £15,000 they need to house the exhibit in a specially designed giant shoebox, and then tour it around the world. Their first international exhibit will be in Australia in 2016, with many more countries keen to have them come and exhibit.
The campaign is still running for 10 days. It would be great if you would take a look and make a pledge. It only takes a few minutes.