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Playground of Empathy

Our non-profit partner organization helps bring our award-winning empathy training to NGOs.

Why should we care about empathy?

Our vision is to create a community that does not only speak of inclusion, or try to understand it conceptually, but is actually able to apply the knowledge and become truly inclusive.

Playground of Empathy was established in 2018 in Charlottesville after seeing how a lack of emotional education has led to xenophobia and polarization. We are a 2020 Winner of the Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund Award, granted by their office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, and have presented at many of the country’s top museums and Fortune 50’s.

We work nationally with world-renowned academics to bridge science, technology, and art to amplify the intersectional experiences of the underserved at your place of business or learning.

We are the winners of the Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund Grant, co-designed with the President of the Association for Psychological Sciences, and piloted by Ford, Deloitte and Cisco. We’ve shared with 10,000 people in 2020, including a 1,000+ audience at the Boston Museum of Science. Our board of advisors include Lulu Miller, host of Radiolab on NPR, Joel Mier, former Netflix marketing director, and Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, top 1% most cited scientists in the world.

We measure and track your progress in empathy over time and can show you that all of these measures lead to stronger teams, more innovation, higher retention rates, and higher performance.

At our core, we’re here to help humans live more fulfilling lives through empathy, by embracing the joy of our differences.

A DEI training program’s main challenge is that people aren't given the opportunity to internalize their learning and apply the knowledge.

Point of View immersive media can become a paradigm shift in how we engage in deeper learning. An abundance of research shows that one of the best ways to gain empathy is by taking a walk in someone else’s shoes.