What a strange job ... "profession of empathy". Isn't this what your Holy Beggar does in fact (vs in a think tank)?
Anyway, this is my comment (below) and I'll post a link to the write-up about the live event.
P.S. The larger discussion now has passed. One may audit it here. It was none too cleverly subtitled: "Take Two MItzvahs and See Me in the Morning", but it was more than that. Bravo, Zocalo.