Empathy Lab

is creating bits of empathy

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You believe in the power empathy.

You believe that the world can be collaborative, enjoyable, uncomfortable at times, yet safe. You want to hear stories, support humans, and pay it forward. Your support helps Empathy Lab keep the lights on, focus on listening, uncover valuable research, and support those behind making the Lab real. Your name, if you choose, will be added to the monthly thank you note.





Agonies are one of my changes of garments,
I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself
become the wounded person,
My hurts turn livid upon me as I lean on a cane and observe.

“Song of Myself”
Walt Whitman
The Empathy Lab has one goal, to drastically improve the way we build and share empathy.

Currently, we are conducting ethnographic research in the following areas:
  1. Voting
  2. Vasectomies
  3. Elderhood

In order to explore these areas, Empathy Lab is on a mission to create an environment where stories can be exchanged, understanding can be gathered, anonymous vitriol is impossible, and feelings can be shared. By having these conversations, we will improve our social awareness and empathy for different people.

Empathy Lab has one fuel; shared stories. The stories that shape us are a mixture of a few grand tales, several tragedies, weird family gatherings, and many, many boring routines. This rich mix is us, our richest commodity, and something that should be shared.

Who’s behind this?

A fella named Shelton and many of his amazing friends and colleagues. Shelton was schooled in industrial design and has worked as an user experience product designer and researcher for quite some time. He regularly interviews people, observes humans, and is trying harder to dig into the harder questions with those that will "rumble" with him. His friends and advisors (one in the same) are a diverse crowd of thinkers, listeners, doers, adventurers, and best of all, rationally positive people. Inclusive and diverse by design.

Why support Empathy Lab?

Supporting Empathy Lab through Patreon helps us do the research and design process in order to build and explore the best ways of building and sharing empathy around our research areas. 

Thank you for your support.

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