Generously to Live
Generous Listening: where understanding begins, connections deepen, and bridges to empathy are built.
Generous listening is the skill that goes beyond hearing words—it is listening with both the heart and mind, with the intention to embrace openness, courage, curiosity, and responsiveness.
In a rapidly changing and polarized world, creating genuine connections has become a complex task. In the age of constant broadcasting and social media, our voices are louder than ever, but a crucial element of meaningful dialogue is often overlooked.
Why do we need generous listening? Because amidst these challenges, fostering understanding, empathy, and authentic connection has become more important than ever. Generous listening involves stepping out of comfort zones, exiting echo chambers, and engaging with diverse opinions, ideas, and experiences. Through this skill, we discover common ground and experience a profound sense of reunion—vuslat—with ourselves, each other, and nature.
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The Generous Listening in Organizations Symposium
The Generous Listening in Organizations Symposium, hosted from August 8 to 10, 2023 at Tufts University, functioned as a unique forum fostering insightful discussions on the significance of generous listening in diverse organizational contexts.
The aim was to unite scholars, practitioners, and professionals to advance research, share best practices, and identify practical strategies for cultivating a culture of generous listening in the workplace.
Generous Listening Emotional Support Groups with Women Affected in the Earthquake Zone in Hatay, Türkiye
Following the devastating February 2023 earthquakes in South-East Türkiye, Vuslat Foundation launched Generous Listening Emotional Support Groups to foster emotional support, healing, resilience, and community connection for women affected by the earthquake by creating a safe and non-judgmental space to share their experiences.
Generous Listening and Dialogue Center (GLADC) at Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life
The Generous Listening and Dialogue Center, established through collaboration between the Vuslat Foundation and Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life, serves as a comprehensive hub and educational resource, promoting dialogue and generous listening across differences, challenging issues, and interdisciplinary research.
Embark on a transformative journey with the Generous Listener podcast series.
Listen to flourish together w/Vuslat Doğan Sabancı
Discover the mission of Vuslat Foundation's founder, Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, as she discusses the need for generous listening in today's world, sharing her foundation's journey and inviting reflection on impactful change through generous listening.
About the Vuslat Foundation
Vuslat Foundation is a global initiative that champions the profound impact of generous listening as the vital thread in all our connections.
In collaboration with academia, civil society, and the private sector, we're on a mission to cultivate knowledge, research, and practical tools, fostering awareness and inspiration around the art of generous listening.
Introducing our esteemed Advisory Circle - a dynamic assembly of visionaries who share our passion for Generous Listening. Comprising accomplished individuals from diverse backgrounds, the Advisory Circle serves as the guiding force in championing our mission.
Former Member of the European
Director-General of UNESCO
Founder and Chairwoman of Hepsiburada Group, Nesine, and D4 Ventures
CIO at Tiger Veda
Founder of Deutscher Zukunftsfonds and Storymachine
Founder and Chair of Synergos
Chairwoman of Doğan Holding
Executive Committee President and General Manager of the Aydın Doğan
CEO of kyu EMEA
Clinical Psychologist, Vice President of the Turkish Association for Infant Mental Health
Founder and President of America Abroad Media (AAM), Chairman, and CEO of Black Birch Entertainment
Fine Art Photographer, Founder, and Chairman of The Mead Family Foundation
Co-founding Sponsor of the Empower Program, Founding Member of the Board of
The Watermen Project
President and Founder of Maya Vakfı
Chairperson of the Board at Esas Holding
Co-founder of Daughters for Earth, Founder of Women for Women International
Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, Principal Architect at Hashim
Beatrice de Clermont
General Manager of the Public Sector at Microsoft France
Technology Startups Investor, Chairman of Boğaziçi Ventures
President and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc., Founder of ZEITZ Foundation
We are delighted to collaborate with a diverse array of partners, spanning, civil society organizations, businesses, academia, and more. Our global network includes: