Episode #125: Growing Empathy So We Connect More Deeply with Joshua Freedman

Barbara BrayRethinking Learning Podcast

Episode #125_ Growing Empathy So We Connect with Joshua Freedman

Joshua Freedman is a specialist on emotional intelligence, an author, and the Chief Executive Officer of Six Seconds, a non-profit dedicated to emotional intelligence (EQ). He co-developed EQ assessments and published a number of books and articles on the topic, creating an international network of consultants and coaches. In our conversation, Josh shared three inspiring stories that impacted his journey. 

Your Background

I was born in Berkeley, California in 1967 and attended the Head-Royce School in Oakland. After a stint at the University of Toronto, I graduated from the World Arts and Culture program at UCLA and went on to work at the Nueva Learning Center in California in the early 1990s. While there, I worked with the emotional intelligence-focused “Self-Science” curriculum developed at the school. The curriculum was featured in Daniel Goleman’s 1995 book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, which helped explain why EQ is important; but we got a lot of questions about HOW people can grow and use emotional intelligence. So, in 1997, I co-founded Six Seconds to answer that question.

What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

The @6s_EQ Model of Emotional Intelligence is a cycle … every spin of the wheel is a new practice. How do you develop people’s EQ? How do I start understanding, using, and growing my #EmotionalIntelligence?

What is Six Seconds?

Six Seconds is the global emotional intelligence community at 6seconds.org. We’re working in over 200 countries & territories bringing a practical, measurable approach to increase value with emotional intelligence. From leadership & team development programs at places like FedEx, Qatar Airways, UN, US Navy, Microsoft, HSBC… to wellbeing programs at universities… to social-emotional learning initiatives in partnership with UNICEF World Children’s Day.

Social-Emotional Learning and EQ

Social-Emotional Learning, SEL, is the process for using and growing emotional intelligence to build a great place to learn. Read more about Six Seconds’ SEL methodology here, and how this supports the CASEL framework.

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Joshua Freedman’s contact information

Joshua Freedman Headshot

Joshua’s dynamic, humorous, and authentic style creates trust and leaves audiences motivated to take action. His presentations deliver hard-core science made practical and are tailored to address specific organizational issues around social-emotional learning and emotional intelligence.


Website: https://jmfreedman.com/
Twitter: @eqjosh
Profile at Six Seconds



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