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Topic: What we love

We love understanding different points of view

Do you ever put yourself in the other person’s shoes?


It is this ability to have an understanding of others’ experiences and perspectives, their beliefs, feelings, experiences, and intentions that is critical when collaborating with others.

It helps us to form bonds, establish trust and create a supportive environment; this results in greater strength when tackling complex challenges such the climate crisis, sustainability, and working towards that all-important new and better normal.

After all, 

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald


We see it all the time!

Warp It heros


Our network of sustainability peers and friends show empathy and compassion all the time. Just a few examples of our Warp It heroes include:

Paula Massey, a reuse hero who upcycles disability aids while running a mobility training business. There is so much need in the community and matching up unwanted items to those in need is Paula's speciality. Just one example of her work is when she helped Colin, a homeless man who had had a damaged wheelchair. Within 24 hours of being asked, Paula delivered Carl a wheelchair saving it from being scrapped in the process.

Alexis Percival, Environmental and Sustainability Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, who tirelessly works to eliminate single use plastic PPE, including aprons, gowns, gloves, face shields and goggles, and work towards a greener NHS. 

And MedAID, a charity is on a mission to bridge the gap between surplus medical devices in the UK and the shortage of medical equipment in resource-limited countries. Their hard work is paying off as they rapidly expand their operations and close the gap between excess and shortage.

Learn from the empathy masters
Do you want to learn to change the world with empathy and compassion? Get ready to learn from the masters. Here are five fine people who changed the world by taking compassion to the extreme, and this insightful list of people display a unique combination of traits. They must have a highly developed capacity to step into the shoes of other people; their empathising must have had a major social impact; have required acts of personal courage; and provided inspiration for others. 

We just love these inspiring stories of everyday compassion, which include a pet detective, a secret Santa, and a tutor for kids living in a troubled area.

Luckily, there are more stories about empathetic and compassionate people than we could dare to imagine – you can find lots over on the Good News Network and Positive News
We know that you'll agree that choosing to source positive and hopeful stories like these, will help you stay inspired and focused. 

Did you know that there’s a charter for it?
You do now! The Charter for Compassion’s vision is for a world where everyone is committed to living by the principle of compassion. It provides an umbrella for people to engage in collaborative partnerships worldwide. Its mission is to bring to life the principles articulated in the Charter for Compassion through concrete, practical action.  

Why is it important to understand other people's perspectives?

Simply put, it will radically increase success - especially when collaborating with others.
This article explores how successful relationships can be cultivated in our ability to take the perspective of another, bringing in the mindfulness of compassion and empathy. When these two qualities are present in our interactions mutual respect, success and movement forward is guaranteed. And check out these 20 proven benefits that compassion brings. 

How does it work?
It’s all down to empathy and compassion. Empathy is the ability to emotionally understand what other people feel, imagine yourself in their place and see things from their point of view, while compassion has the added element of having a desire to alleviate or reduce the suffering of another. 

Increasingly, evidence suggests how we understand people involves mimicking others’ experiences, as highlighted in this article. So, the next time you’re stuck in a disagreeable conversation, consider changing your attitude. Instead of waiting to disagree or move on, attempt to see things from the other person’s point of view, imagine you are them and pretend you see things exactly the way they do.

Need a hand?
Sustainability Mentors is just over one year old and in that time we have seen over 1,300 sustainability people sign up to get and give mentorship. It's THE place to be for professionals across the world to listen to each other, gain perspective, and work towards accelerating sustainability together. 

Now read our tools and tips to better understand other people's points of view so you can continue your awesome progress so far.

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Jennifer Clair Robson

Jennifer Clair Robson

Writing to make a difference because climate change, sustainability and the environment are issues close to my heart.

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