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Social workers are using VR to experience the lives of children in care (incl. video)

“A trial conducted by social enterprise The Cornerstone Partnership has yielded promising results in enabling social care workers to better understand the trauma of children in care.

A year-long trial that saw virtual reality programs implemented across multiple local authorities and social care organisations in the UK has shown that immersive VR experiences used in social care training enabled frontline staff to gain a better understanding of the trauma and neglect children in care have experienced.

This, in turn, led to improvements in the communication between children and their carers.”

Image & video by VISYON

By Ben Sullivan at the Big Issue

Read more: https://www.bigissue.com/latest/social-workers-are-using-vr-to-experience-the-lives-of-children-in-care/

The UN Is Using Virtual Reality to Make the Rich and Powerful Feel Empathy


“For years, people have been talking about the power of VR as a tool for building empathy.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos where some of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful people donned headsets to experience a slice of displaced life in Syria.

Gabo Arora is new media advisor for the UN and co-director… of a series of virtual reality documentaries… (made in collaboration with VR video app Vrse and filmmaker Chris Milk and some funding from VICE)… to connect people with real life in the strife-ridden parts of the world that too often remain distant and abstract.

In his former role as a senior policy advisor at the UN, Arora says he saw first-hand the disconnect that can exist between the powerful and those who live with the consequences of their decisions.”

By DOUG BIEREND at Motherboard

Photo: Doug Bierend

Read more: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-un-is-using-virtual-reality-to-make-the-rich-and-powerful-feel-empathy