Erin Krampetz

Erin fosters the strategic development and growth of the Ashoka U community of practice with the goal of supporting colleges and universities everywhere to become hubs of social innovation.

Are today’s college students really less empathetic?

Bill Drayton, the Founder of Ashoka, says that systems change and great social entrepreneurship starts with empathy. A recent research study by Sara Konrath, at the University of Michigan, found that college students today are 40 percent less empathetic than those of 30 years ago, with the numbers plunging primarily after 2000. Read more in this New York Times article. Now that we know the problem, how do we solve it? Let us know your thoughts on how today’s young generation can develop better empathy skills.