Extra! Extra! — Poverty simulation builds empathy

November 3, 2016


We are excited to share an arti­cle pub­lished in the Salem Weekly about our work and an upcom­ing poverty sim­u­la­tion we are facil­i­tat­ing in Salem (and Port­land)!

As you can read in the arti­cle, the poverty sim­u­la­tion is a pow­er­ful edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ence for busi­nesses, ser­vice providers, com­mu­nity mem­bers and pol­icy mak­ers.  Build­ing empa­thy empow­ers us to more effec­tively address the sys­temic changes needed to improve out­comes for our com­mu­ni­ties and the folks liv­ing in them who are impacted by poverty.

This is your chance, reg­is­ter for our upcom­ing Poverty Sim­u­la­tions on Nov. 10 in Salem, and Dec. 2nd in Port­land!  Space is limited!

Here is a taste of the Salem Weekly article:  

A highly-rated exer­cise that allows par­tic­i­pants to ‘walk in the shoes’ of those in poverty, pro­mot­ing empa­thy and spark­ing more use­ful, authen­tic responses to those liv­ing in need, returns to Salem this November.

“I remem­ber feel­ing the stress in the room when the sim­u­la­tion was occur­ring,” says Kris­ten Aubert, who helped orga­nize SAIF Corporation’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in 2014 and 2015. “Peo­ple were scram­bling, con­fused, frus­trated and sad. It was a very mov­ing expe­ri­ence to wit­ness, and I heard many cowork­ers dis­cussing it days and weeks later.”

SAIF, an Ore­gon work­ers com­pen­sa­tion insur­ance provider, par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram because it knows that both cus­tomers and even co-workers may be fac­ing the chal­lenge of poverty, Aubert says. “An exer­cise like this helps us bet­ter under­stand what peo­ple are going through and act and react with more compassion.”

For more please visit: The Salem Weekly, Poverty Sim­u­la­tion Builds Empa­thy.  It includes a great descrip­tion of what you can expect to expe­ri­ence at a Poverty Sim­u­la­tion facil­i­tated by CoAc­tive Connections.


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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)