Virtual reality stimulates empathy

We already know the main uses of virtual reality for the entertainment and gaming world. But the VR is also a powerful technology to drive social change. Oculus Vr, a Facebook company, invested one million dollars in this sector and at the last Sundance Film Festival, presented eight videos created thanks to the collaboration of non-profit organizations and virtual reality experts.

Chris Milk — How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine:

Today virtual reality is a new way to emotion and connect people. The different technologies of virtual reality and immersive experiences break the apathy in which the ongoing conflict and natural disasters have accustomed us and invite people to take action — a day as a volunteer or a donation. Major non-governmental organizations and non-profit associations are moving in this direction to understand how technology can support the fundraiser. Unicef introduce virtual headsets to engage millennials. The organization introduced in the streets of Italy some virtual headsets “to bring millennials in our activities, lowering the average age of donors” — explains Francesco Ambrogetti, director of marketing and fundraising for Unicef Italy. The power of virtual reality is at times questioned, but can serve as a tool for good. Also The New York Times use VR to revitalize the narrative of 30 million homeless children trapped in warfare. Nonetheless, VR’s technological capabilities take storytelling one step further and allows for viewers to truly immerse themselves in an experience.