“But I have tan skin, they don’t like me either?”
Juliette, 6 years old.

The Empathy Lab has one goal, to create a better world by drastically improving the way we build and share empathy through storytelling.

To do this, Empathy Lab is on a mission to create community and business solutions where stories can be exchanged, understanding can be gathered, anonymous vitriol is impossible, and feelings can be shared. By having these conversations, we improve our social awareness and empathy for different people.

The problem that Empathy Lab is solving for is that communities of people thrive through shared stories yet people tend to avoid sharing those stories that point out their differences because they fear negative feedback. These stories that shape us are a mixture of a few grand tales, some tragedies, weird family gatherings, and many, many, boring routines. This rich mix is us, our richest commodity, and something that needs be shared in order to grow together.

In order to get these stories out in the open, we run single day workshops for communities and single-day / multi-day workshops for businesses.

An empathy network application is in the works. We would love your feedback as we build it, so let us know!

Who’s behind Empathy Lab?


Shelton Davis, that guy over there, is the founder, active listener, and adventurer behind Empathy Lab. The creation of Empathy Lab is like the gray in his beard, it took time and maturing to create. From many joyous + frustrating years as a husband, father, family member, friend, cat owner, recovering decathlete, and user experience strategist (researcher & design), he’s come to realize that practicing empathy as a skill NOT common. Practicing skills like graphic design, product management, software development, leadership, speaking, and underwater basket weaving are skills that many master in their careers, but empathy, not so much. Despite all the things that Brené Brown continues to preach about vulnerability, shame, and innovation, empathy is still not at the forefront of skills to learn and continually practice. Empathy Lab is being slowly built to help individuals and communities of people (companies) fill their self awareness and empathy gap so that they can be truly innovative. He’s been known to shout, “Empathy is innovation fuel, people! Listen to your user!” Now, he is actively helping people listen.

How do you get some Empathy Lab?

We currently run intense and uncomfortable workshops for communities of people and businesses. Learn more about our current business workshops.

We are also in the process of researching and developing a social empathy technology based on our workshop findings.