What if politics was built on empathy? Empatia Ele: empathy tools for politics addresses the empathy deficit at the heart of power: the government. Creating new rituals, perspectives and communications through play, Empatia Ele [Finnish for “empathy gesture”] reforms dialogue and interaction between politicians.
Politics has become polarised and devoid of empathy, yet collaboration is needed more than ever to solve progressively complex future challenges. By bringing empathy into the political arena through fun and play, Empatia Ele challenges the culture: the space, the roles and the rules in the parliament, introducing new rituals, perspectives and forms of communication resulting in more nuanced dialogue and more human interactions.
Empatia Ele’s collection of playful empathy tools are based on the physical body language, gestures and expressions of politicians, designed to awaken the human side of politics to revolutionise political culture through empathy. Can a balloon start a revolution?
Born from a unique collaboration with Jani Toivola, member of the Finnish parliament, and conceived through an unprecedented co-creative research and design process with 6 members of parliament from 5 different political parties, Empatia Ele is an ongoing live project set in the parliament of Finland.