The Connections Between Empathy And Creativity: An Interview With Seung Chan Lim From

Kara and I found Seung Chan Lim when Brene Brown posted his Realizing Empathy video on her blog, and we followed the trail and found his Facebook Page, website and kickstarter campaign for his book, Realizing Empathy.

Seung Chan – also known as Slim – is a Computer Scientist and Manager by training, Designer by trade and, he says, “Performer by birth.” Just to give you an idea of his varied and creative background and current interests… prior to embarking on the Realizing Empathy project, Slim served as the Assistant Director of Engineering and Senior Software Design Engineer at MAYA Design, and was also an independent DJ, Music Producer and Performance Director by night. Slim says that when he’s not fighting for the right to empathize and to be empathized, he is acting, directing, dancing, composing, programming, or woodworking.

Even though Slim comes from a design background, his ideas and his book, Realizing Empathy, were developed within the context of conversations with a variety of people from different disciplines, and when Kara and I watched the video about his book, many of the ideas that he talked about in the video are ideas that we talk about in our Creative Grief Coaching program,so we were really glad when Slim agreed to hop on the line and have a chat and explore this a little. We’re coming from different industries and yet we both value empathy and creativity highly, and it was fascinating chatting with Slim about his work and the truths he’s gleaned from a wide variety of different disciplines and industries, and discovering all of the ways that we can borrow from each other to enhance our work.

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The Realizing Empathy video that got us curious about the connection between creativity and empathy…

Video credit: Seung Chan Lim

Find out more about Seung’s Realizing Empathy Project

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