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Roman Krznaric

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Roman Krznaric is a public philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change society. He is Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing and founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum.

His latest book is the international bestseller The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short Term World. His previous books, including Empathy: Why it Matters And How To Get It, The Wonderbox: Curious Histories of How to Live and Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day,, have been published in more than 25 languages. After growing up in Sydney and Hong Kong, Krznaric studied at the universities of Oxford, London and Essex, where he gained his PhD in political sociology. Particularly known for his work on empathy and long-term thinking, his writings have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs and designers. An acclaimed public speaker, his talks and workshops have taken him from a London prison to the TED global stage

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