Tiny Voice Talks

Empathy Day 2022 with Miranda McKearney OBE

May 05, 2022 Toria Bono Season 4 Episode 20
Tiny Voice Talks
Empathy Day 2022 with Miranda McKearney OBE
Show Notes

In this episode, Toria talks to Miranda McKearney  about Empathy Day   and the great work that she and others at Empathy Lab are doing.

Young people are growing up in a society with a major empathy deficit; hate crimes are at their highest level since records began and there are increasing concerns about the negative effects of social media.

EmpathyLab is the first organisation to build children's empathy, literacy and social activism through a systematic use of high-quality literature. Their strategy builds on new scientific evidence showing the power of reading to build real-life empathy skills.  They believe that empathy is a beacon of hope in a divided world.

What do they do?

Their strategy builds on the latest scientific evidence showing the power of reading to build real-life empathy skills through - 

  • Empathy Day. This was on 10 June last year and is now established as a national day with mass support from children's authors, publishers, library services and schools. Empathy Day 2022 is 9th June.
  • Their annual Read for Empathy Guides, with associated book collections chosen by an expert panel. 
  • They are working with an ever growing army of authors and illustrators who are helping to spread the empathy message. 

To find out more, just go to https://www.empathylab.uk/