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Update #56

As the Shipping Winds Down

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It is already the month of September. Boy, time flies. I can't believe that it's been 1.5 years since the project officially launched. 

Since the printing of the book, I've been intensely focused on the logistics of shipping. And such intense focus on logistics can sometimes suck the lifeblood out of you, as you get lost in the check list of to-do and follow-ups. Now with shipping mostly done, I have my head above the water, able to think about the future of the project. (BTW, if you have yet to fill out your shipping survey, please do so by logging on to kickstarter, clicking on the "globe" icon on the top right, and clicking on "see all activities.")

As most of you know, this project was born from a simple desire. A desire to share an experience. Namely, the power of realizing empathy in its ability to transform how we experience our world. But a desire alone was not what made it possible to get this far. The desire was coupled with a platform, namely Kickstarter. But a platform would still have been insufficient, could it not have facilitated resonance. In other words, if it weren't for you, the backers, who demonstrated their trust and thereby created resonance, the project would never have gotten off the ground. So I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to you all. 

Thank you all soooo much!!!

I also wanted to take this time to express special thanks to a number of backers who have been extremely generous with their time and effort to help grow the project. 

Thanks to Todd Sattersten, who helped chief edit the book. 

Thanks to Leslie Suzanne Fisher, who helped copy edit the book. 

Thanks to Kate Hammer from KILN Innovation, who helped edit the book promo video. 

Thanks to Leahmarie Gottlieb, who is helping me broaden the impact of the project through her soon-to-launch online magazine "Collide World" (More announcements to come with regards to our collaboration with Collide World, so please stay tuned!)

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Thank you all once again, 

May you stay beautiful, 

Seung Chan Lim
Director / Project "Realizing Empathy"


Update #55

Dr. Ernesto Sirolli reviews the book

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Hi everyone!

Just wanted to share a rather beautiful review by Dr. Ernesto Sirolli, CEO & Founder of the Sirolli Institute, well-known for his TEDx Talk titled "Wanna Help Someone? Shut Up and Listen!"

“This is a beautiful book, both literally and figuratively. Literally because the pagination, the graphics and care in formatting the text are extraordinary. Figuratively, because the content honestly describes a journey into difficult territory. The same territory that sent Robert Pirsig, of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance fame, mad. The maddening territory of the space between us and the object or subject of our attention (i.e. the world of relationship and interaction.) 

For Seung Chan, empathy is the key to creativity and it requires both humility and courage. Humility in front of people, but also wood, glass, and metal. He tells the story of why we cannot treat wood like glass or metal like wood, that you need to respect and approach them ready to be awed and taught their secrets. And that the same is true with people. That instead of making assumptions about people or approaching them with the preconceived idea that you may help them, that we should approach if we love them enough to listen and learn from them. 

The book resonated with me profoundly. It reminded me that respect is key and to respect you have to know that the people you meet are as good as you are. That the starting point in any relationship has to be the understanding that nothing of beauty will be born unless there is a profound respect for the ‘other,’ whether person or object. That, as simple as it may sound, how we interact with others is the very difference between creating beauty or not.”

Thank you so much Dr. Sirolli!!!

Seung Chan Lim
Director / Project "Realizing Empathy"


Update #54 - For backers only

Planning a Tour Around the East Coast

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Update #53

Dr. Frans de Waal reviews the book

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Just wanted to share some great news with y'all! :D

Dr. Frans de Waal (Primatologist & Ethologist / Author of The Bonobo and the Atheist & The Age of Empathy) had this to say about Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry into the Meaning of Making:

“This is not your typical read. It is more like absorbing, contemplating. Many powerful passages, sensitive and touching observations. The book is very unusual as it is no treatise, more like impressions, fragments of life, but as I said, I felt moved by this poetic view of what empathy means in modern life, in a technological world, in practice as well as theory. It is a book written with a great deal of empathy.”

Grateful, grateful, just grateful.

Thank you Dr. Frans de Waal, and thank you dear backers for your continued support and encouragement. :)

Stay beautiful.

Always.

Seung Chan Lim
Director / Project "Realizing Empathy"
http://realizingempathy.com/


Update #52 - For backers only

PDF of the Hard Cover for the $25 tier

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