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Pro-empathy freedom voters, in and out of office, exercise EI Governance - empathy intelligence - to protect human rights with the rule of law.

Welcome to the Empathy Surplus Network USA’s Substack. We are a 501c3 membership-driven human rights empathy education collective focused on making empathy central to constant public discourse on any human rights issue. Our member demographic is state legislators, their aides, or their constituents and their organizations. Membership dues are $10/month. Members and volunteers receive access to our Google Gmail Workspace and CRM software. Members have access to Zoom Forums.

Model State Legislation

No state in our Union currently requires learning to [a] cultivate empathy or [b] about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in their state’s academic standards for grades K-12. Consider proposing1 the CARE Education model legislation in your state.

Click the photo to receive a free PDF of our Illustrated Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). A complimentary 2-page version of the UDHR is included.

What Is Empathy Intelligence Governance?

Reframing IS social change. First and foremost, EI-competent people and organizations are committed to making empathy for and responsibility to humanity2 - central to framing constant public discourse.

Why is framing so important?

In YOUR BRAIN’S POLITICS, co-author, cognitive scientist, and linguist Elisabeth Wehling, interviewing author, cognitive scientist, linguist, and progressive activist George Lakoff, says, “Our metaphor choices are usually unconscious. It’s not the case that look at abstract concepts, such as taxation, and ask ourselves, ‘What brain source domain for taxation should I use today?”

Dr. Lakoff replies, “Right, but if the choice is not conscious and deliberate, then . . . it’s the language used in public discourse that determines how things are perceived.”

“But that’s only one part of the issue,” Lakoff continues. “There is more to this. Namely, the more often a metaphoric mapping is due in language, the more that metaphor is being engrained in people’s brains due to synaptic strengthening.” If public political debate implements one given metaphor again and again - then that metaphor becomes our primary way of perceiving the issue at hand. The mapping simply becomes part of our common sense, our ‘only,’ ‘unquestionable,’ and ‘inherently rightful’ shared understanding of the issue.”

The UDHR Preamble and Articles 1, 2, 29, and 30 say the most important thing that  “every individual and every organ of society” can do to protect Human Rights Articles 3-28 with the rule of law is to keep UDHR empathy - the human rights moral WHY - “constantly in mind” and teach, educate, and “promote respect for these rights and freedoms by progressive measures.”

EI Governance has four areas:

  1. EI “Trust” Governance - Caring people and organizations frame trust in the rule of human rights law through committed, honest, open, and repeated framing of every possible political issue with empathy for and responsibility to humanity. 

  2. EI “Protection” Governance - Caring people and organizations frame protecting humanity from billionaires with an effective, democratic politics of care so that everyone can fulfill their full potential and be treated fairly, equitably, and with dignity. 

  3. EI “Collaboration” Governance - Caring people and organizations frame shaping future generations of diverse nurturing family communities through service in partnerships that collaborate with a politics of care in both the private and public sectors.

  4. EI “Freedom” Governance - Caring people and organizations frame the creation of caring economies free from the fear of billionaires with sufficient prosperity and opportunities for all to survive our carbon pollution blanket and thrive.

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Citizen proposers are different than petitioners. Petitioners sign and are done. Citizen proposers, like state legislative sponsors, actually talk to their colleagues and neighbors to bring the proposal into reality.


United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948—The core values are found in the Preamble and Articles 1, 2, 29, and 30.

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After serving on George Lakoff's Rockridge Nation board, I founded Empathy Surplus Network USA. Consider becoming a member by going to https://proempathy.us/schedule.