Empathy Week

The World’s First Empathy Week in Calgary, Canada from Humainologie on Vimeo.Empathy Week 2018 will take place
June 1-7, 2018
View the 2018 Empathy Week Program Online

What is Empathy?
There are many different definitions of ’empathy’. We refer to empathy as the ability to step into the shoes of another; to imagine what they may be thinking and/or feeling. Empathy helps us create strong relationships and healthy communities.

Does Empathy mean feeling exactly what someone else feels
No it doesn’t. We can never know exactly what another person is feeling, or be able to exactly replicate those feelings, but we can make an attempt or an estimation. 

What is Empathy Week?
Empathy Week is a seven day festival of events which promote empathy, human connection and the recognition of our shared humanity. Empathy Week is curated by Humainologie and is a community initiative with numerous partners and Calgarians coming together to host a variety of events.

Are Empathy Week events free?
Most events are free and low income subsidies for events with an entry fee can be requested by contacting hello@humainologie.com.

Is Empathy Week for everyone?
Empathy Week includes varied programming suitable for diverse audiences with varied interests. The diversity of programming will continue to grow as our festival does in the future. Should you wish to attend an event but would like to enquire about accessibility – whether connected to physical access, translation or for the hard of hearing; please contact us at hello@humainologie.com to make a request to accommodate. We cannot guarantee the ability to do so in all cases however. 

Is there an Empathy Week in my city?
As far as we are aware, Calgary is the first city in the world to host an Empathy Week. Contact us to find out how to establish your own event.

Can I volunteer for Empathy Week?
Yes! We have Empathy Week Ambassadors. If you would like to join us, please connect at hello@humainologie.com

How can I be involved in Empathy Week 2018?
Empathy Week 2018 will take place June 1-7. An RFP was issued to invite community collaborators to take part in hosting events for Empathy Week. View the program and attend our events.

Who is involved in Empathy Week 2018?
WP Puppet Theatre: Puppet Power 2018: Story
Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research: Strength in Art
Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre: Community BBQ Lunch and Art Exhibit
Basics of Sikhi and The Alex Community Food Centre: Langar Service
The Bridge CoWork and Chic Geek: Growing Business, Raising Children
Polly Orr and Thais Olagaray: Growing Empathy
Meghan Cooper: Awkward Conversations
Prospect Human Services: Knowing Me Art Exhibition
RESET Society of Calgary: RESET Art Exhibition
Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association and Red Deer College: Making a Life in Central Alberta: Voices of Immigrant Women
Humainologie: The Unity Project and Labelled: The Exhibition
View the 2018 Empathy Week Program Online
View the 2017 Empathy Week Program Online


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