In 2017, retired high school math teacher Bob Brown and his wife
Elizabeth discovered the Empathy Tent during an event in Los
Angeles and found their calling in retirement.
The Empathy Tent—a pop-up canopy set up in public
spaces—encourages constructive dialogue among people with
different views to de-escalate and connect. It was started by San
Francisco Bay Area resident Edwin Rutsch, the founding director
of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy.