Pluralism and the Pandemic

A Conversation About Virtual Empathy

Interview with Waidehi Gokhale

Publication Date: June 2020

Author: Waidehi Gokhale

Waidehi Gokhale

Waidehi Gokhale is the CEO of Soliya, an international non-profit that leverages interactive technology to build trust and respect across lines of difference worldwide. She is a leading advocate for the viability of virtual exchange as a means to shift the way societies deal with difference. Soliya was an honourable mention recipient for the 2019 Global Pluralism Award.

She was interviewed by Daniel Cervan-Gil, Manager of Programs at the Global Centre for Pluralism on May 6th, 2020.

We asked Waidehi to reflect on the impact of the pandemic on connection and exchange (both physical and virtual), the digital divide, and the importance of empathy in the post-pandemic world.