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An ambitious book of stories, dialogues, projects, and reflections revolving around the question of what it means to make something.
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364 backers pledged $34,780 to help bring this project to life.

Cincinati, OH / Ottawa, ON, / Montreal, QC

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Hi everyone!

As you know we're on tour at the moment. Just passed New York, NY (NYC UXPA) and Princeton, NJ (Princeton University Entrepreneur Club). Fantastic reception at both venues. Very grateful. :) Now on our way to Philadelphia, PA. 

We're looking for venues that may be interested in hosting our talk/workshop at the following three cities. The event can be as short as 1 hour or as long as 2 hours.

1) Cincinnati, OH - 10/30 Wed
2) Ottawa, ON - 11/10 (Sun) or 11/11(Mon)
3) Montreal, QC - 11/14 (Thu)

If you know of anyone, please e-mail me at

Seung Chan Lim
Director / Project "Realizing Empathy"

Dr. Sam Richards Reviews the Book


We are delighted to receive the third notable review! This time from Dr. Sam Richards who gave a provocative talk at TEDx titled "A Radical Experiment in Empathy."

"Seung Chan has written what I consider to be one of the most creative and accessible books on empathy that I have encountered.

In truth, however, it’s more than a ‘book’; it is a work of art that jump-starts creative juices. To begin, the design of the collector’s edition is thoroughly impressive. Rarely do I pick up a book that I want to keep leafing through in full appreciation of an author’s imagination and artistic skill. But each time I do that and stop on a page, I am brought back to the full realization that Slim has something meaningful to say about a topic that is so important to how we engage one another across our great social divides.

The juxtaposition of personal stories and thoughtful reflections illuminates empathic connection in ways that inspire my creativity and provoke my mind. I highly recommend this book. And I warn you that you won’t want to read it and then hide it away on a shelf. Instead, you will want to display it prominently on a coffee table where it will inspire dialogue and contemplation among your visitors."

Thank you so much Dr. Richards, and thank you all for your continued support and encouragement! :)

We now have the general edition of the book (which sports a more conventional layout) available in digital format at

Seung Chan Lim
Director / Project "Realizing Empathy"

Awarded Platinum at 43rd Creativity International


Hi all,

Just wanted to thank you all for your continued encouragement and support. :)

With your help we were able to win the platinum award (best in category) for Book design, complete, single unit at the 43rd Creativity International Awards!

Platinum Award (Best in Category) in Book Design, Complete, Single Unity at 43rd Creativity International Awards
Platinum Award (Best in Category) in Book Design, Complete, Single Unity at 43rd Creativity International Awards

Every time something like this happens I remember the day I hit the green "Start Project" button here on Kickstarter, and how much I am grateful to have gotten your support to launch this project.

Thanks once again. May you all stay beautiful.

with gratitude,

Seung Chan Lim
Director / Project "Realizing Empathy"

Realizing Empathy at NY World's Makerfaire

Hi everyone,

I've been invited to give a talk titled "How Making Helps Us Learn to Realizing Empathy" at the New York World's Makerfaire.

When: Sunday 9/22 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Where: Make: Live Stage at the New York Hall of Science

Here's the facebook event:

If you're in the area, hope you can join me!


Seung Chan Lim
Director / Project "Realizing Empathy"

As the Shipping Winds Down

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!)


Thank you all once again, 

May you stay beautiful, 

Seung Chan Lim
Director / Project "Realizing Empathy"