What is the People’s Stage? 

Every year, many Wisdom 2.0 participants ask how they can share their great work, insights, and presentations with our community. We are happy to announce the return of The People’s Stage to our 2018 annual conference.

The People’s Stage is a series of interactive breakout sessions submitted by registered conference attendees and selected by popular community vote. The People’s Stage is designed for more intimate, interactive sessions. Sessions are about 20 minutes long.

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Author: Shannon Weber
Title: Sustaining Empathetic Leadership: Becoming a Compassionate Witness
Description: Being empathetic requires us going on a journey - to step into another’s shoes and see the world through their eyes. Being empathetic is not necessarily a first response, and it takes energy. To sustain an empathetic posture we must understand how to traverse empathy adventures. Which means: empathy alone is not enough. We also need to create a container, setting expectations and boundaries. When we show up or seek to create change without providing a container for the experience, we can quickly find ourselves overwhelmed, having made promises we can’t keep, and even resentful or burned out. From this place of overwhelm, empathy is not sustainable. A sustainable way forward is to reimagine ourselves as compassionate witnesses. Vote me on the People’s State to learn about the compassionate witness framework and three steps for developing a sustainable practice of empathetic leadership.
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