I am a writer, educator, speaker and consultant on ethics, and I am dedicated to developing strategies for a gentler world with less suffering. One of my main activities is helping organisations to re-think their ethical priorities, what matters, and how they can develop a more compassionate culture.
I work with different kinds of organisations, schools, corporations and individuals. My approach is to facilitate the experience of empathy, explain the basis of ethics in a way that makes it relevant and meaningful, and offer concrete guidance on putting compassionate values into action.
My book The Battle for Compassion: Ethics in an Apathetic Universe (New York: Algora Publishing, 2011) offers a sweeping overview of our situation as a species, and details the kinds of considerations I believe are necessary for shaping a more compassionate future for our planet.
In 2015 I produced a short film with the same name that communicates some of the book’s key messages:
Here is an interview following one of the film’s public screenings in Deià, Mallorca.
The decisions we make as individuals and organisations often reflect unexamined values and priorities that are in conflict with the gentler world we all want deep down. Ethics is about reconnecting with our capacity for compassion towards others, and making rational decisions that are aligned with compassionate values, so that we can have real impact in reducing suffering in the world. Transparent ethical values and principles are an essential basis for designing a happier future.
An article I wrote for the Huffington Post’s Pioneers for Change blog titled “The Ethics of Impact” summarises some of my thoughts.
16 April 2016: From Compassion to Action, Deià, Mallorca, Spain