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The twenty-first century requires students and workers who are adaptable, collaborative and innovative. However, essential twenty-first century skills like empathy, resilience and improvisation are difficult to understand, practice and assess, and are therefore often underrepresented in both schools and professional development programs. Twenty One Toys addresses this gap by providing toys, workshops and training programs that allow students and professionals to refine twenty-first century skills in a tangible and engaging way.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 14th for a presentation, Empathy Toy demo, and an opportunity to meet and learn from award-winning social entrepreneur, Ilana Ben-Ari, founder of Twenty One Toys. The event is open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members. Limited tickets available so please make sure to register.

About Twenty One Toys

Twenty One Toys is an award-winning social enterprise that uses toys to teach empathy, failure and other key 21st century skills. First featured on TEDx, their multi-award winning Empathy Toy is being used in hundreds of schools and offices worldwide. Proving that toys are the new textbooks, Twenty One Toys is well on its way to creating the world’s first global community of empathic leaders. With workshops and training programs for all ages — even TIME magazine has praised their toys as a future technology!

About the Empathy Toy

The Empathy Toy is a blindfolded puzzle game that can only be solved when players learn to understand each other. Designed as a toolset for organizations, the Empathy Toy generates rich discussions about the role of empathy and communication in the workplace – and unlocks insights for improved performance, smoother collaboration, and more authentic employee engagement.

About Ilana Ben-Ari

Ilana Ben-Ari is a multiple-award winning product designer, TEDx speaker, and Ariane de Rothschild Fellow. She has been working at the intersection of design and social innovation for over 7 years, has been featured in the Guardian UK, Independent UK, and TIME magazine and is the founder of Twenty One Toys, a multiple-award-winning toy start-up. She transformed her thesis project into the company’s first product, The Empathy Toy. Originally designed for visually impaired students and their sighted classmates. It is now used as a tool to teach Empathy worldwide.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Presented by:
Anna Johnson
Courtney Montgomery

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