7 Ways to Build Empathy

Jul28
Feelings Bingo

We utilize Feelings Bingo to teach children about their feelings and how to express them in healthy ways.

Building empathy is at the heart of “be the change” – the new exhibit and workshop series located in Peace Learning Center’s lower level.

Empathy plays a critical role in shaping how we interact with each other, animals, and the world around us. It’s of critical importance to all good relationships – personal and professional. Some people may naturally have more of it than others. But, research shows us that it can be learned and practiced.

Teachers and parents have the privilege and huge responsibility to teach empathy.

Here are seven ways to be a good empathy influence for the children in your life and set them on the path to be the change for others throughout their lives:

1. Model caring for others

2. Model good listening skills

3. Be forgiving

4. Challenge prejudices and stereotypes

5. Help them learn to recognize, express, and manage their feelings

6. Encourage responsibility

Click here to read more about how teachers can build empathy in the classroom through the Making Caring Common Project at Harvard University.

 

40 Lessons and Activities on Animal Related Issues

Jun17

Our newest addition to Peace Learning Center is “be the change” which includes 30 permanent, interactive exhibits designed to build empathy and compassion by showing people how small changes they make in their daily lives can make a big difference for our planet and in our world. The exhibits are free (with admission to Eagle Creek Park) and open to the public every M-F from 9 am – 4 pm.Resource-Guides

“be the change” was created in collaboration with our partners at HEART which has a mission to foster compassion and respect for all living beings and the environment by educating youth and teachers in Humane Education. HEART recently created a great resource guide that contains lessons for students in grades K – 12 (each lesson is aligned to the Common Core Standards) and activities that can be conducted both in school settings as well as more nontraditional out-of-school venues like community centers, libraries or camps.

It’s no secret that kids love animals. Click here to view the resource guide and start engaging their hearts and minds with these age appropriate lessons and activities that cover issues like companion animal homelessness, puppy mills, factory farming, habitat destruction, endangered species and so much more.

Then, click here to learn more about “be the change” including how you can donate to our campaign to help create a more humane world!

POP Humane Education Workshop

Apr23
pop humane ed banner
be the change entrance
What: Join member’s of POP, PLC’s young professionals group, for a special workshop featuring “be the change” – a new interactive exhibit series designed to teach people of all ages about how small changes they make in their own lives can make a big difference for our planet and our world. $5 suggested donation.
 
When: Tuesday, May 12, 6-7:30 pm
 
Where: Peace Learning Center, 6040 Delong Road, Indianapolis, IN – Eagle Creek Park
What is POP?
POP (People of Peace) is Peace Learning Center’s young professional’s group that empowers its members to build bridges within central Indianapolis by increasing community awareness through the impact of service. Please contact jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org to learn how you can join POP.

be the change Sneak Peek

Mar18
Sneak Peak
Sneak Peak

Here is a sneak peak of ‘be the change’!  Notice the eco-elements: exhbits made of repurposed materials, carpets made of recycled textiles, LED lighting, ECOS floor paint, and repurposed pallet wood details!

Choices, choices
Choices, choices

“Choices, Choices” is an activity that goes through a day in a life and ponders each choice they make and the implications on for the environment, animals, and other humans

Co2 Display
Co2 Display

Have you ever wondered how much a pound of CO2 really is?  Come check out our CO2 display!

Food Choices & the Planet
Food Choices & the Planet

Discover how your food choices impact the planet through an interactive display.

 

At Peace Learning Center, we think of peace as a series of concentric circles starting with self, others, and then rippling out to the community.  If we are to truly have a peaceful community (both global and local), we must not only take fellow humans into account but also the environment and the creatures who share our environment with us.

To that end, we work hard to encourage participants in our programs to consider the world beyond themselves—which is no easy endeavor.  Let’s face it, although compelling, the facts and figures about our world’s most pressing problems cause most of us to glaze over.

To address this challenge, we have created an interactive exhibit at Peace Learning Center called “be the change.”  “be the change” will give participants an inviting space to learn meaningful ways that they can use their own lives to help other humans, animals, and our environment. In the true spirit of Ghandi’s notion, “be the change you wish to see in the world” we have used repurposed, reused, and sustainable materials to create a series of thoughtful and interactive exhibits for both youth and adults.

Have you ever wondered how much a pound of CO2 really is?  Come check out our CO2 display!

What about the impact of your dinner on pollution or water use?  We’ve got that, too!

Finding ways to convey wonky, often depressing data and statistics in playful and hands-on ways is one way we are helping people make the connections between their everyday actions and the impacts they have on our planet, on animals, and on other humans.   Activities are designed to be interesting for adults and kids alike, making this a great place to bring your family! Be the change header opening

“be the change” is a collaborative effort with HEART (teachhumane.org) and will open its doors to the public on April 18th.  Please join us for our grand opening on April 18, 2015 from 10 am -2 pm with tours at 11 am and 1 pm. To register for the open house (and for a free park pass) go to: peacelearningcenter.org/be-the-change

be the change Grand Opening!

Feb23

Be the change header opening

We hope you can join us on April 18, 2015 for our official grand opening of be the change during an Open House on Saturday, April 18 from 10 am – 2 pm  with tours starting at 11 am and 1 pm.

Registration is not required, but those who register to attend will be sent a gate pass for Eagle Creek Park and will not be required to pay the $5 gate entry fee. Click here to register to attend!

What is be the change? Click here to learn more!

Click on the following link to download a copy of our event flyer: be the change grand opening flyer

Floor Make-over

Nov14

Our be the change exhibit area is nearly finished and it’s looking amazing thanks to hard work from many dedicated people!

It’s went from a wet, gross, and unusable basement area to a cool, modern place that inspires everyone to learn how they can make the planet a better place for all of us by making small changes in their daily lives.

Check-out our most recent floor make-over which was made possible by eco-friendly paint donated by Ecos Paint and the hard work of many volunteers:

The Before Floor Painting
The Before Floor Painting
First Coat: You can already see the difference!
First Coat: You can already see the difference!
We were a little worried about the color…
We were a little worried about the color…
Thank goodness for wonderful volunteers like Rebekah!
Thank goodness for wonderful volunteers like Rebekah!
The final product with the wall base installed!
The final product with the wall base installed!
It looks great with the mosaic tile logo!
It looks great with the mosaic tile logo!

2014 Climate Camp!

Sep10

Check-out this fantastic video to learn more about the 2014 Climate Camp – the first of its kind camp designed to empower youth to take action to protect our climate!

Climate Camp Sky Farm

Click here to view the video.

Climate Camp was a joint venture between Earth Charter Indiana, HEART, Youth Power Indiana and Peace Learning Center.

 

Ecos

Aug29

Ecos Paints

Did you know that the fumes given off by many paints are linked to asthma, allergies, cancer and a handful of environmental issues?

Thankfully there are companies like Ecos Paints who have created quality products, while still being committed to their customers health and the environment!

What’s even cooler?! They have donated the supplies for us to finish the floor in “be the change“!!!

Pictures of the amazing floor transformation will be posted soon!

Learn more about this awesome company here: www.ecospaints.net

be the change meditation piece

Jun17

be the change- larger logo

What does a better world look like to you?

We want to know. Local artist Bre Domscik is creating…

A large [re]Purposed Mixed Media Meditation Piece

…using neglected materials along with written contemplations upon the topic individuals want to be the change they wish to see in the world contributed by PLC community members and all willing contributors!

Click here to learn more about this meditation piece and contribute the changes you wish to see in this world.

Whether you consider yourself to be an idea generator, activist, designer, scientist, volunteer, artist, artisan, engineer, or inspired individual, we need YOU to become part of be the change.

Be the change- hands on.

Jan09

Be the change- hands on: a recent volunteer day to install our initiatives physical framework was a success. With three projects going on at the same time, seventeen individuals came and fell into offering a hand at their choice project. Before I knew it, 5 hours went by and we had made more progress than I imagined. A floor was painted, a mosaic was completed, and up-cycled wall paneling was placed. Every one was a delight to work with and eager to be of service. A lovely surprise- Cityoga’s, Neil McGuffog taught an impromptu yoga class which gave everyone an opportunity to mindfully stretch and nurture themselves. What an awesome way to break up a day of manual labor. I also wanted to send a special thanks to Leslie Stone and Alex Gaughan who donated their power tools and expertise.  Many thanks to all who were a part of be the change- hands on. So much love and creativity in one day makes for amazing ripple affects.

disassembling pallets.
disassembling pallets.
breaking tiles.
breaking tiles.
logo lettering.
logo lettering.
love.
love.
hands on.
hands on.
paint prep.
paint prep.
perimeter cutting.
perimeter cutting.
Almost done.
Almost done.
photo (8)
photo (8)
photo (16)
photo (16)
panel placement.
panel placement.
photo (10)
photo (10)
photo (7)
photo (7)
photo (5)
photo (5)
Getting creative.
Getting creative.
progress looking good.
progress looking good.
Alex.
Alex.
Alex’s wall.
Alex’s wall.
even in the grey, they came.
even in the grey, they came.

Thank you Paul Miller for taking these photos.

 

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