“Empathy is a key ingredient to responsible citizenship…”

The up close and personal personalities that come through in mediation often hint at – if not directly demonstrate – ways people learned to manage and resolve conflict in their early years.  We adults do not necessarily leave these coping manners behind, and they become most evident in the face of adversity.

Thanks to my bottomless curiosity about social interaction, I came across the organization, Roots of Empathy.  Its philosophy resonated with what I’ve come to believe, and maybe you have, too – that empathy is essential to advancing social intelligence and engendering successful interaction.  

It seems to be a movement that’s taking hold.  If for no other reason than to satisfy your own curiosity, take a look.

Visit http://www.rootsofempathy.org/. 

“Empathy is a key ingredient to responsible citizenship…”

About Maria Hanna Joseph

Maria Hanna Joseph is Principal of Joseph Mediation. Her 25 years of experience in employment law, include 16+ of work and mediating for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination which through which she has gained valuable insight into the MCAD, its practices and decision making. This, as well as her experience in plaintiff and defense litigation, with private and public sector clients, international and local business concerns, and in issues from harassment and discrimination, to noncompetition agreements, business operation, transgender workplace matters, retaliation and many others, lend her valuable perspective for understanding and mediating an array of legal and personal issues. In terms of volume, Maria has served more than 2,000 cases. Maria's practice has been honed with study of mediation at Harvard Law School's Program of Instruction for Lawyers, negotiation at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation, and in the disciplines of Transformative Mediation and Family/Domestic Mediation, which are significant assets in managing the personal nature of employment disputes, and conflict in general. Attorneys and parties know Maria as candid, pragmatic and persevering in her commitment to help them achieve meaningful settlements while keeping sight of their most important interests. The insight and creativity afforded by her experience and training are realized in the resolutions that manifest. These qualities, along with her demeanor and the trust she engenders, have earned Maria a reputation for being able to manage highly tense and fraught situations and individuals, and settle a wide variety of disputes and tough cases.
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