TEDxGoldenGateED will take place on June 11, 2011 from 1pm to 9pm at the soaring and historic Craneway Pavilion. Join us to hear from a incredibly diverse field of speakers about what science tells us about compassion and empathy, and see how compassion improves learning. You will also meet people who teach compassion explicitly, and others whose creative and vital work is deeply informed by it.

Compassion — the devotion to enhancing the welfare of others -– is humanity’s stickiest idea. Compassion is at the heart of the world’s ethical and spiritual traditions. Now, a new science is revealing humans to be a compassionate and caring species – there are DNA and brain structures devoted to the emotion. Compassion may be the natural state of mind. Are we entering into an era of compassion? In today’s schools, the ability to imagine the needs of others, to think compassionately, and to design, innovate, and act in ways that benefit others are true 21st century skills. Compassion is a new science of the brain, of human health, and of sustainability. It is the greatest privilege we are granted, to teach compassion.

Speakers include:
– Shabnam Aggarwal, The Teach Tour
– Brian Bordainick,9th Ward Field of Dreams
– Marc Brackett, Yale University
– Vinicius Cantuaria, Brazilian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist
– Christine Carter, Raising Happiness
– Pete Docter, Pixar
– Jeff Duncan-Andrade, SFSU
– Ani Chöying Drolma, singer, educator, and Buddhist nun from Nepal
– Elle, a middle school student at Prospect Sierra
– Jill Ellis, Center for Early Intervention on Deafness
– Bill Frisell, guitarist, composer and bandleader
– Ashok Gadgil, UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs
– Lily Gordon, Brick to Oven Project, Tanzania
– Mary Gordon, Roots of Empathy
– Meklit Hadero, singer, songwriter and TED Global Fellow
– Dacher Keltner, UC Berkeley
– Nancy McGirr, Fotokids
– Nipun Mehta, Charityfocus
– River of Words
– Dan Siegel, Mindsight Institute
– Carolyn Zahn-Waxler, University of Wisconsin, Madison

For registration, please visit: http://tedxgoldengateed.org/participate/apply/

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