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Lewis Tachau

team-6 Interview by lewis-tachau

Aaron + Lewis EC and Interview
 W began by explaining the concept of an empathy circle. Aaron picked it up very quickly and even reflected to me the instructions I was providing him. The EC went on for about 10 minutes where we spoke about a small party my brother and I hosted for my birthday.
 Lewis: So, that was an empathy circle, how was it for you
 Aaron: It was fun, I enjoyed it, had a good time, fun time.
 Lewis: How would you feel about doing it again?
 Aaron: I wouldn’t mind actually, it was a fun time, I took in what you said, processed it in my head, and put it right back to you, so that was a good time, fun time.
 Lewis: Ok that’s good. Some teenagers might say this isn’t engaging to them, what would you say to that?
 Aaron: They should try it again at a good time, fun time, processed it in my head… It was a fun experience.
 Lewis: What might make it more fun in the future?
 Aaron: Maybe while they’re talking if they hold a bean bag.
 Lewis: Like a talking piece?
 Aaron: I think if you had a larger group it would be more helpful to have one yes.
 Lewis: Let’s pretend that you’re going to lead an Empathy Circle with a group of teenagers that you’ve never met before, how would you try to engage them?
 Aaron: I would introduce myself and ask them about their interests and see if I could incorporate that into the experience.
 Lewis: So you’d begin by asking about them and what they like before the EC?
 Aaron: Oh, oh, well I would explain to them what an EC is and then try and get their attention and afterwards ask for feedback and suggestions. If I get viable feedback I would incorporated it directly into the EC.
 Lewis: Ok, so like getting feedback before you start then?
 Aaron: And I’d get feedback afterwards as well.
 Lewis: So then feedback all the time?
 Aaron: Feedback all the time.
 Lewis: Ok, that’s good, do you have any suggestions for what might make it more fun for you?
 Aaron: Fun for me? I felt like it was ok.
 Lewis: Alright, great interview, thank you for your time.

 Aaron: You’re welcome, good luck with your class.