Created by
Rikke Hansen



Invitational Poster made for SPEAK UP – Dangerous world now, better world tomorrow. The world is beginning its most dangerous stage for decades. From global refugee crisis to the spread of terroism, our collective failure to resolve conflicts is engendering new threats and emergencies. Even in peaceful societies, the politics of fear is provoking a dangerous polarisation and demagogy. HUMANS ARE UNLIKELY to win the animal kingdom’s prize for fastest, strongest or largest, but we are world champions at understanding one another. This interpersonal prowess is fueled, at least in part, by empathy: our tendency to care about and share other people’s emotional experiences. Empathy is a cornerstone of human behavior and has long been considered innate. A forthcoming study, however, challenges this assumption by demonstrating that empathy levels have been declining over the past 30 years. What goes on in the head of members of Terrorist organisations like Boko Haram, ISIS? And how will the general human development continue when the lack of Empathy is continuing growing?

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