The center's mission is to build a movement aimed at creating a "global worldwide culture of empathy and compassion." They have recently been very active in California, bringing their "empathy tents" to protests revolving around the white supremacy movement and the right-left conflict more broadly. Examples of their activities include:
- An Empathy Tent in Berkeley's Civic Center Park during demonstrations against the planned visit of Ann Coulter on April 27, 2017.
- An Empathy Tent in Roseville CA for Anti-Sharia v Unity Rally, June 10, 2017
- An Empathy Tent in Sacramento CA for pro/anti-Trump Rallies in July 2017 and a similar march in Los Angeles, also in July.
Other activities of the center involve community organizing, collecting, and curating material on empathy from the Internet, forming an International Empathy Trainers Association (IETA) and creating an academic empathy training literature review and wiki.