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Designing for social empathy in the classroom using wood as part of the value proposition
Social empathy is an ability that allows people to understand what others are going through and makes people more prone to engage in prosocial behavior. Social empathy requires to examine the context in order to comprehend the structural inequalities that other people are subjected to. Based on social empathy and the necessity to generate perspective-taking techniques from a very young age, a social empathy system that evolves with children is proposed in this article. The aim of this system is to create awareness of the child’s own reality and other people’s reality and how daily actions and events have an impact on both in order to analyze the situation and take further action. Here, wood plays a key role in the consideration of the system’s life cycle and how it could positively impact the life of local people by being locally manufactured and sourced.