Updated: Jun 27
The Professional Empathy Podcast
Presented by Empathy First Online Empathy Training
The Empathy Podcast E15
On this episode of The Empathy Podcast, we speak to Helen Black on her experiences working in prisons and helping prisoners gain skills they otherwise may not have had the chance to explore. She talks about supporting adult mental health, taking risks and working with fearless employers and fellow social enterprises that are willing to display compassion and empathy and give prisoners a chance to come out of their sentence and contribute to society. We hope you enjoy this very powerful and moving episode of The Empathy Podcast.
00:00 - 2:20 - Introduction to the show
02:24 - 6:00 - What results has Helen gained from working in prisons?
6:30 - 11:34 - Starting Australia's first design studio inside a prison
13:40 - 14:46 - Why do we only care about the well-being of people before they turn 18?
17:30 - 20:00 - Have we all done something to break the law?
22:00 - 24:00 - How do you bridge the gap between inside prison and outside prison?
24:30 - 26:30 - Fearless employers
27:00 - 31:18 - Shifting the public perception and gaining empathy for prisoners
32:00 - 33:36 - Helen gets emotional about former prisoner wanting to take her own life
35:30 - 38:00 - Amazing ideas that the prisoners have come up with
38:30 - 41:00 - Getting a job after prison and contributing society
41:00 - How can we engage social enterprises and support businesses that help prisoners and Helen’s program?
About Helen Black
Helen believes in the power of second chances and fearless empathy. She has a proven track record bringing innovative ideas to prisons to reduce re-offending rates, founding Reboot, Australia's first digital studio in a prison and Pivot Prison Entrepreneurial Program.