Listening Links 

BEFRIENDERS WORLDWIDE: Volunteer Action to Prevent Suicide - "Providing emotional support to prevent suicide worldwide. We listen to and help people without judging them." Visit to find information, worldwide helplines and valuable information on setting up a helpline. You can also find advice on listening and browse the latest issues of Befrienders Worldwide Newsletter. 

THE CENTER FOR LISTENING DISORDERS RESEARCH: This Non-Profit Corporation, founded in 2010 by Alan R. Ehrlich, is "focused on educational programs on the causes, symptoms and effects of dysfunctional listening in schools, the workplace and interpersonal relationships. Visit


THE COMPASSIONATE LISTENING PROJECT: Read about their listening training, journeys "in conflict and post-conflict zones" and community events and view some of their moving videos at  

FREE LISTENING: Urban Confessional -  Just when you thought there was nothing more gracious and heartwarming to find in random places than Free Hugs, here's a movement of Free Listening. See where they'll be, read about their journeys, or join this loving, listening community by volunteering at 

GLOBAL LISTENING CENTRE: The Global Listening Centre "promotes the noble cause of listening across the planet and educates people and institutions to meet the urgent challenges of society. Its projects are designed by experienced global leaders, known to be accomplished experts in their field." Visit their Website at For important insights into the link between hearing and listening, be sure to read Minimal Hearing Loss: High Risk for Academic Underachievement (2016) by Alan R. Ehrlich, Director, Listening Disorders, Global Listening Centre. 

THE HOLY QUARAN EXPERIMENT: This video experiment sheds light issue of judging a book by its cover or a person of faith by a few lines in a religious text, watch The Holy Quran Experiment video.


I LOVE TO LISTEN DAY: (May 16, an annual, world-wide celebration): I Love to Listen Day is an annual initiative that was started by Marva Shand-McIntosh in 2004. I Love to Listen Day declares May 16 as a special day each year "to inspire, inform, practice and create a heightened sense of awareness of the importance and power of listening in our lives." Visit


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING: Have you heard? The whole world will be listening... The International Day of Listening, sponsored by the International Listening Association (ILA), takes place on the third Thursday of September. The website features resources and opportunities to participate year-round, including a Listening Moments page. Visit​.

INTERNATIONAL LISTENING ASSOCIATION (ILA): The International Listening Association is "a network of people committed to the development of effective listening in professional and personal life." ILA is a warm, wonderful group that holds annual conventions. Visit their website at

THE HUMAN LIBRARY: A Worldwide Movement for Social Change -  "Don't judge a book by its cover." - Real people are "on loan" to tell their stories and answer questions.  To learn about this mission and browse some of their online "books" or to find (or curate) a Human Library event, visit

THE HUMANITY PROJECT: Helping Kids to Help Kids The Humanity Project's mission is "To create innovative arts-based programs that help youth solve pressing social problems through collaborative efforts that emphasize the value of each individual." Humanity project programs "bring together young people to help their peers (and sometimes parents) solve tough problems such as bullying, teen driver safety and teenage social isolation" Read more about their "shared value" programs at


THE INSTITUTE FOR POETIC MEDICINE:  "The Institute of Poetic Medicine offers tools and support to people to heal body, mind and spirit through the creative and therapeutic process of hearing, speaking and writing poetry." Visit

THE LISTEN FIRST PROJECT:  This group "facilitates greater understanding, respect and cooperation by encouraging the timeless but abandoned practice of listening to each other, regardless of politics, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education or any other distinction." Visit

LISTENERS UNITE: This website, has been providing information, quotes, links and articles about the skill, art and heart of listening since 2006. (This used to be a much fuller website until a crash in 2017, but it remains online as a resource for listening links, quotes, and a few listening poems.) 


LISTENING, MUSIC AND MEMORY:  Music therapy brings both joy and memories. See incredible stories of joyful reawakening in the film, Alive Inside, featuring Music & Memory, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the healing powers of music to nursing homes, hospitals, hospice and VA facilities by giving residents iPods loaded with their favorite music. Also featured are interviews with Oliver Sacks, author of Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain and singer, Bobby McFerrin. Music soothes, uplifts, stimulates memories, and even connects with people who seem out of reach. To learn more, visit http://www. and  


LISTENING PAYS: Rick Bommelje is the author of Listening Pays and co-author, with Dr. Lyman K. "Manny" Steil,  of Listening Leaders. His website offers a wealth of great resources "to help people listen, lead and succeed." Visit

THE LISTENING CENTER: Kay Lindahl, author of The Sacred Art of Listening and Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening, offers classes and workshops with "a spiritual approach to the art of listening." Visit

STORY CORPS: StoryCorps, a non-profit oral history project designed to “honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening” has declared this day the first annual National Day of Listening.  StoryCorps has helped more than 40,000 Americans record and share their stories!  To learn more about this exciting project, visit


SABBATH MANIFESTO: An Annual National Day of Unplugging This day is "designed to help hyper-connected people of all backgrounds to embrace the ancient ritual of a day of rest." They encourage people to share what they do in their offline time to remind us all of how many wonderful ways we can connect with each other, ourselves and nature when we disconnect from our phones for a while. They'll even send you a little sleeping bag for your phone. :)  Visit

THERAPISTS, GROUPS, HELPLINES & SUPPORT (U.S. BASED):  Looking for a therapist, psychiatrist, treatment center, or support group? Visit the Psychology Today Search Page and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  For disaster distress helplines and counseling, Click Here. For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Click Here.



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