Tools and practices


The meaning of “kindness” is associated with several traits of emotional intelligence and is considered one of the virtues which can give profound meaning to life if practiced. However, in our society where competitiveness and aggressiveness are considered requirements for success, being kind has been seen for a long time as a sign of weakness and relegated to feminine and maternal relations. In a complex world as the one we are living in now, though collaboration, intuition, emotional intelligence and kindness start to be reconsidered and seen again as critical skills for further social and organizational development. So how to develop kindness again? Art practice and appreciation can be a way. In this article, the Italian coach and artist Giorgia Madonno, advocates for a more extensive “use” of art as a “gym” for kindness, one of the most important skills of our future.

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