Empathy, or Farewell Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah combines hearts, minds, words, and deeds of many people around the world creating good, truth, and beauty. All is now, after 25 years reflected in the farewell show. We have now, owing to Oprah, algorithm for autopoietic technology.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show has ended, but not we can evaluate the results of such a long-lasting initiative, and the 5-parts farewell show held last April you can watch in You Tube in a testimony for some of the good that this woman and her followers have been able to accomplish: schools, access to schools for kids who would otherwise not have been able to attend, libraries and many other deeds documented in about two hours, in a farewell show which is a rich compendium of the US show business, represented by Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Jackie Evancho (a sign of continuity) and dozens of other well-known people.

How many people like Oprah are there around? She is a self-made woman, not rich at the beginning, who teaches self-esteem and spirituality, helping all the lesser-privileged to access a social and psychological dignity.

Let us make a comparison with El Sistema, the Venezuelan music education system developed by José Antonio Abreu and his Fundación del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (FESNOJIV).

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This initiative started in 1975, and it was seen as a utopian movement where musical education would have a central role in the vindication of poor children.  With the efforts and abnegation of Abreu and his supproters, in 37 years “El Sistema” has given birth to the best music-generated social development system in the world, and its socio-economic consequences are to be compared to the effects of the Grameen Bank founded by the Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus.

We have three very different situations, but the common theme is personal and social identity, education, access to markets, empathy, simply love. Abreu has used music, which conveys both aesthetics and ethics, while Yunus has used economy, and Oprah media.  The common denominator is empathy integrated in solid planning and implementation.

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