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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, April 2 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Ever feel misunderstood? Like there’s something getting between you and the person you’re connecting with? As if there's a level of depth and meaning that you know is there, but you’re not quite sure how to access it?

That’s where empathy comes in.

 
What is empathy? 

It’s a communication skill that can be learned through practice; a skill that can be cultivated, strengthened and shared. Creating a feeling of empathy depends on how we listen and respond to each other, so learning about empathy is really learning about new ways of communicating with each other!

How we respond to each other can leave us feeling alone or connected, understood or unseen.

We're excited to share Connection Cards because not only does it facilitate meaningful conversation and fun, it's also an opportunity to build skills that allow us to communicate with compassion, understanding and empathy. 

“In the past, empathy was considered an inborn trait that could not be taught, but research has shown that this vital human competency is mutable and can be taught.” – Helen Riess (Associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston)

Connection Cards allows us to cultivate our empathy skills by hearing and understanding someone share about something that matters to them and then showing them that we heard and understood by responding in a meaningful way. 

These cards take empathy from an important, yet abstract concept, to a real-life, tangible experience through tools that anyone can use!  


What's inside the box?

Inside the box you’ll find 58 Question Cards and 14 Empathy Cards.

The Question Cards have two levels of depth: The Feel Good questions are lighter, fun questions to help you ease into connection and the Meaningful questions help you dive deeper.

The Empathy Cards provide easy-to-use guidance for 7 different communication tools that you can use to respond to someone's answer.

If you want to learn more about what empathy is in action, how these cards help to create it, and the 7 tools for empathy, see the Empathy in Action section below.


What would it be like to live in a world where we feel seen, heard, valued, cared for, supported, understood, and connected to each other, where loneliness doesn’t exist?

We believe connection cards is a small part of creating this world where empathy is a natural part of the way we communicate.
 

Click here to download our Digital Demo Deck and experience the cards for yourself. 

Connection is being willing to admit that we don’t know each other and being excited to discover. Connection is what’s possible when we say:

“I’ve been your husband for 10 years, but I know there’s always more to discover.” 

“I’ve been your son for 30 years, but I feel I don’t truly know my mother.”

“I’ve been your mom for 20 years, but I don’t know who you are.” 


STRETCHING FOR MORE CONNECTION

What would it be like to live in a world where being seen and accepted for who you are is easy and normal? We can get there together!

We have a big, beautiful goal of spreading connection wider than we thought possible when we first created Connection Cards. Ultimately, we want to reach thousands of people with Connection Cards!

As a thank you for being part of the Connection Cards movement, upon reaching our stretch goal of $50,000, we will increase the deck from 72 cards to 90 cards: additional Question and Empathy Cards!

More opportunities to truly hear and understand those you care about.


EMPATHY IN ACTION

Empathy has 2 main capacities that can be learned and practiced:

1. Perspective-Taking (Internal process) – The learned ability to see from another person’s point of view by using your imagination to step into their shoes and understand what it’s like to think like they think (cognitive empathy) and feel how they feel (emotional empathy). You don’t have to have been through exactly what someone else has experienced to relate to how they’re feeling.

2. Communication (External process) – The learned ability to respond in a way that shows you understand someone’s perspective. The way you respond to someone determines whether they feel understood or alone.

7 Simple Communication Tools to Practice Empathy

1. Sharing Impact

When you share how you were affected by what was said, you let the speaker know you understood them and their story mattered to you because you were able to relate to what they said.

Sharing Impact – Empathy in Practice

- I felt most connected to you when _______, because _______.

- I really appreciated the way you _______, because ______.

- I’m left feeling ________ because ________.

2. Curiosity

When you ask questions, you let the speaker know you care about understanding their perspective and you’re interested to learn more.

Curiosity – Empathy in Practice

- Can you tell me more about ______?

- Why is _______ important to you?

- What experiences in your past created your perspective today?

3. Clarification

When you ask clarifying questions, you seek to understand the speaker then confirm if you understood them correctly. Clarification removes assumptions and interpretations that might be different than what the speaker meant which creates a shared understanding between you and the speaker.

Clarification – Empathy in Practice

- I didn’t quite understand ________. Can you elaborate?

- What did you mean by _________?

- Can you help me understand more about ______.

4. Validation

When you validate what the speaker said, you let them know their story made sense.

Validation – Empathy in Practice

- What you said makes sense because ______.

- If I were in your position, I’d feel the same because ________.

- Based on what you said, I can see why ______.

5. Checking Assumptions

When you check assumptions, you seek to create a shared reality/understanding between you and the speaker by confirming if your guesses about what’s true are correct.

Checking Assumptions – Empathy in Practice

- You seem _______. Does that resonate with you?

- I’m imagining that you felt _______. Is that true?

- I’m imagining ________. Does that resonate with you?

6. Mirroring

When you repeat back almost exactly what the speaker said, you discover the difference between what was actually said, and your personal interpretation of it.

Mirroring – Empathy in Practice: 

- I heard you say ______. Is that correct?

7. Paraphrasing

When you paraphrase what was said, you express your ability to understand the essential meaning of the speaker’s story in your own words.

Paraphrasing – Empathy in Practice

- It sounds like what you said was ______. Did I get that right?

- In essence, it sounds like ____________. Is that true?


REFERRAL PROGRAM

Do you know others who would love this as much as you do? If so, you could could get your deck for free! Earn 15% through each person you refer to Connection Cards, up to 100% of your pledged amount or earn an additional reward valued up to your original pledge amount. If this interests you, direct message us through Kickstarter to receive your unique link. Together, we can spread connection!

Risks and challenges

We have already printed our first production run of decks from our printer. The results have been amazing, and we are ready to bring this game to more people! The first run was delivered to us in 4 days after ordering.

We have confirmed that the printer has the capacity to fulfill as many decks as we need.

We have already done all the graphic design, question design and game development, so everything is ready to be scaled up. It is ready to deliver, we just need your help to order enough decks to make pricing reasonable.

This is our first card game that we are delivering worldwide. Although we've printed and delivered this locally, we know there will be some extra challenges along the way, so that's why we've set our delivery date with time to spare.

If you have any questions, feel free to message us and we'll get right back to you!

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