Imagine what a more empathetic and compassionate Transylvania County might look like.


initial project empathy gathering

Pedro Sandin shared a compelling essay on empathy in Brevard on August 23, 2016.


After sharing a meal, citizens asked themselves the following:

  1. What would encourage and/or support trusting and empathetic connections between individuals, groups, and communities in our county?
  2. What ideas do you have for action steps that we could take for no or little cost?
  3. If we had $1,000,000 to build empathy throughout the county, how would we do it?

Click HERE to read a compilation of the August 23, 2016 roundtable discussions.

Second project empathy Gathering

Pedro shared this essay in Rosman on December 1, 2016.  Click HERE to read a compilation of that evening's roundtable discussions.

what can I do?

While Project Empathy members are finding their way and developing a path forward, citizens can:

  • intentionally meet someone with a different background or culture
  • kindly reach out to each other, listening to reach understanding
  • imagine a Transylvania where we are all more connected and understanding of one another

who do I contact?

The Transylvania County Planning & Community Development Department is pleased to support citizen-led Project Empathy and post their information to this website. 

If you would like to join the group, contact the department and we will add you to the mailing/contact list.