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Empathy Towards a More Caring World

Roots of Empathy Symposium 2023

Tuesday, June 20th

In Person – 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM EDT or
Live Online – 1:00 to 3:o0 PM EDT

(See more time zones below)


Join like-minded individuals online and in-person – from health, education, research, and aligned fields in a thought-provoking symposium that can be enjoyed either virtually or in person!

This year, our 2023 Symposium theme is “Empathy Towards a More Caring World“.

Without an empathic citizenry, you cannot have a caring society. A caring society aspires to leave no one out. Its citizens respond to the needs of others, understanding that it strengthens the whole. When our societies are more empathic, they are more caring, resulting in less aggression, improved mental health, and more equality — whether at the level of the classroom or the boardroom. Although humankind might be able to solve global issues, such as climate change, homelessness and hunger, we won’t have the motivation to do so if we don’t care about one another.

Two Ways to Attend!

In Person in Toronto

Price: $25 

When: Tues. June 20th, 12.30 to 4 PM EDT

(1 – 3 PM presentations, 3 – 4 PM snacks and refreshments included)

Where: The Globe and Mail Centre

351 King St E, 17th Floor, Toronto, ON M5A 0N1

Register for in person

Live Online

Price: Free

When: Tues. June 20th, 1:00 to 3.00 PM EDT

(please login 15 min prior to start)

Where – A link will be sent to you via email upon online registration

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In Person

12:30 - 1:00 PM EDT
1:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
Speaker Presentations
3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
Snacks and Refreshments

Live Online

1:00 - 3:00 PM
Speaker PresentationsCheck TimezoneFree Ticket


Dr. James Orbinski - Tackling Our Biggest Challenges
Few people have witnessed the breadth of human suffering and sacrifice as Dr. James Orbinski, one of our greatest humanitarians. He'll talk about his experiences on the front lines of aid when Somalia, Rwanda and Afghanistan were at war. And his efforts to save hundreds of thousands of lives by implementing large-scale health initiatives. Today Dr. Orbinski is working on our greatest health challenge yet - climate change. And with every endeavour, he believes empathy is foundational to a better world.
Dr. Thupten Jinpa - A New Way of Being
After three years of the pandemic, we face a society divided: divided by economics, politics, class, culture and beliefs. How do we create meaningful connections with others - especially those with different views? And how do we understand ourselves in relation to a changed world? A conversation with Tibetan Buddhist scholar Thupten Jinpa Langri and journalist Mary Ito about a new way of "being."
Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard - Building Tomorrow’s Leaders
After five hundred years of colonization, Dawn Lavell Harvard believes many Indigenous youth are experiencing a renewed sense of identity and purpose. Indigenous cultures and languages are being revitalized, elders are passing on wisdom to younger generations, and young people are seeking out opportunities to fulfill their potential. In her role as Director of First Peoples' House of Learning at Trent University, Dawn supports Indigenous youth to overcome challenges they face in education, and thrive to become tomorrow's leaders
Mary Gordon - Setting a Place at the Table for Everyone
What does it mean to be human? Without a strong sense of our shared humanity, we will not be able to navigate the civil society that our collective future depends on. Empathy as the ultimate human trait is at the core of our connection. The Roots of Empathy program founded by Mary Gordon has been supporting children in developing empathy on three continents for more than two decades. Children are our future. With empathy they can build a caring world.


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Additional Contact Information

For more information or help registering for the Symposium please contact roemail@rootsofempathy.org