Outrospection is the 21st Century response to the introspection of the self-help movement of the 20th Century. Instead of making ourselves the focus of our world let’s focus on the world around us. Go beyond the one-on-one emotional empathy we associate with therapy and psychology and develop our cognitive empathy to help whole communities. Hey, wait a minute: doesn’t that sound a bit like the roots of social work that pre-dated the self-help movement of the last century, with pioneers such as Octavia Hill, Joseph Rowntree, the founders of the Charities Commission and the anti-slave trade campaigners? Could this be social work’s antidote to the managerialism that has blighted our profession for the best part of twenty years?
Check out the infographic below from Roman Krznaric, explaining his take on Outrospection, and then challenge your thoughts on empathy with philosopher and professor Paul Bloom in his article “Against Empathy”.