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Jun Chan


Edwin interviews Jun

What was your experience of the Empathy Circle?

Wish it were in person. Optimally done in person sharing physical space. Social media is just not the same. I feel more connected when I’m in real time.

Technology getting in the way. Felt some stress about not being the facilitator

Velina brought up a good point about bringing up questions

Those who want empathy and join here will want a deeper understanding and maybe even want strategy

Topic, Problem or Theme Based Empathy Circle.

He wants to have an empathy circle on something he is struggling with and have the circle offer support.

Might be more helpful for some people.

Circle on a specific problem area.

People often bond over similar issues. Like a support group.

Like LGBT support groups. He’s queer and has been to them. But the lack of structure doesn’t always feel good. They often lack a genuine deep connection or understanding in these support groups.

He didn’t find the candle and intention setting useful.

Why did you take part in this process?

I wanted to help out and don't’ have time to do a full on course again but wanted to help Edwin out and grateful for what you are doing and learned a lot from you. It’s teaching me to have more empathy and be a better listener and communicator. Helps him feel more connected and understood.

I feel like I’m interrupting when I have to tell the time. Maybe

Velina Interviewee Name:   Jun

Insight: Jun prefers in person circles and desires a more intentional focus on the topic. Would like to have the opportunity to work out a specific issue or problem using the circle as a support group to help process thru giving empathy and strateg


try creating a support group using empathy circles.

yes, the shared reality is the biggest part for me and need for that for  community


  • Hopeful
  • vulnerable
  • some fear
  • frustrated


  • deeper connection
  • community
  • resolution
  • belonging
  • shared reality


I Like…   all the new insights from everyone, shared experiences and frustrations that we can work on addressing for future circles  


  • implement valina ideas - we could ask questions.

  • do an iteration of the ideas.

What if… More time! and do an iteration of empathy circles using slightly different variations (setting a specific topic/intention, questions, etc). More people (who are screened”)


I won't be able to do any more iterations for a while but will let you know when I can hop on in again. Thanks for the opportunity, and would love to see updates on how you're doing with this project.

Is there more about why you would do it again or not?


Hi Edwin,

I would probably do it in the future if I had more time, and also if the format of it is different in terms of how it's structured. It is in the beginning stages at the moment, so maybe when different iterations are implemented (for example, if we added questions or guesses to emotions or something else to the circle), I would be more likely to take part.

What is the goal of the final workshop?

 Is it to come up with a structured format for empathy circles done online?

 Or actual workshops done in person with a group?

How might we.... articulate and express the goal of the final workshop to the satisfaction of participant?]

  • Design a basic empathy workout practice that can be done over and over again to strengthen and exercise our empathy muscles.
  • Create a safe empathic container to bring problems or struggles into for healing. It's like a big bubbling cauldron that you can bring dirty cloths to and have them be cooked clean. You bring your concerns, anxieties, fears, angers, depression, lonelinessalienation, stuckness, issues, etc,  to be cleared.
The Magic Circle - John William Waterhouse
  • To create a structure and support material to have online and in-person empathy circles and Empathic design workshops.
  • Also, the idea is to constantly iterate on the empathy circle so that it keeps getting more refined and can be applied to  more and more situations.

How might we.... address the blocks and impediments to taking part in a circle or design event?

  • block: 'need more time'
    • How might we support people in having more time to take part in empathy design workshops?
  • Block: Not interested in the existing structure because it's tool undeveloped? 
    • maybe if we added questions or guesses to emotions or something else to the circle it would be more interesting.
    • How do we convey to people how the basic empathic listening process needs to be practiced over and over again to really integrate it? That it is already very developed and is one of the best processes for exercising your empathy.

Benefits of the Empathy Circle
How might we.... articulate the many benefits of taking part in an empathy circle?

  • develop a sense of resilience from the constant practice of it.
  • get problems heard which is healing
  • Maintain well-being
  • become better at listening