Dec 11, 2018
In episode 39 we look at the relationship between philanthropy and empathy. Including:
-What does neuroscience tell us about the link between empathy and altruism?
-The importance of physical proximity
-Does empathy lead us to prioritise giving to those who are sufficiently “like us”, at the expense of others?
-How do our unconscious biases affect our empathy? The identifiable victim bias and victim blaming.
-Is empathy in tension with rationality when it comes to philanthropy?
-Historical examples of approaches to philanthropy that lacked empathy: home visitations, voting charities and “telescopic philanthropy”
-Rationality vs empathy throughout history: from the Charity Organization Societies to Effective Altruism?
-What impact will technology have on our ability to be empathetic in future?
-How can Virtual Reality be used to drive empathetic responses from donors and supporters?
-Will tech-enabled ‘filter bubbles’ negatively affect our ability to empathise?
-Rationality vs Empathy 2.0? Will philanthropy in the future be shaped by VR and experiential technologies, or by AI and data-driven decision making?