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Common Humanity

with Debbie Ling

Date: January 28th, at 12pm PST, and January 29th, at 7am Melbourne

Watch Recording here

Common Humanity has been mentioned across a wide variety of disciplines including philosophy, medicine, law, politics, psychology, and theology. It is the foundation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Common humanity is the recognition that all humans have the same basic needs and wish to be happy and free from suffering. Common humanity acknowledges the universality of vulnerability to suffering. The perspective of common humanity is the most inclusive prosocial approach to hold, everyone becomes part of the in-group. It leads to a sense of connectedness to all people and an understanding of how as humans, our lives are interdependent with others. This presentation will outline some of the research and training approaches that help strengthen common humanity.

Debbie Ling is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Work, Monash University, a key contributor to the Monash Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies and a Research Fellow in the Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit. Debbie developed a compassion training intervention with a focus on common humanity for healthcare workers which has attracted interest from around the world. Debbie sits on the Australian Compassion Council, Charter for Compassion Australia and the Australia21 Mindful Futures Network Advisory Group.



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