Is empathy the most important ‘invisible hand’?

This video, produced from the work of Jeremy Rifkin, is based on research he conducted for his latest book, The Empathetic Civilization.  Rifkin argues that empathy is crucial to how our civilization is organized, and how we humans evolved over time.  Rifkin believes that empathy is key to solving the big problem of our day, namely, how will we create sustainable societies where future generations will flourish?   This is another great whiteboard animation from the Royal Society of the Arts.

Tomorrow I will have a comprehensive book review of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, and then I will be off to Vermont and Marlboro College for the weekend, but I will be back on Monday.