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Greater Good events have featured talks and discussions with some of the world's greatest minds, including Jonathan Kozol, Robert Reich, and Arlie Hochschild.

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Rep. Tim Ryan on A Mindful Nation

May 2013

Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) discusses how mindfulness can offer an effective—and bipartisan—remedy for problems plaguing our schools, hospitals, veterans, and society at large.

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Paul Ekman on Compassion, Love, and the Dalai Lama

October 2008

Renowned psychologist Paul Ekman presents highlights from his discussions with the Dalai Lama on the roots of love, compassion, anger, morality, and the bonds that unite us all.

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Grand Theft Childhood?

May 2008

A panel discussion covering the newest facts about video game play, and what guidelines they suggest for parents, teachers, kids, and the people who create the games.

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The 21st Century Family

October 2007

Panelists discuss how the definition of family has changed, and that change’s implications for our society.

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Altruism, Heroism, and the Psychology of the Bystander

March 2007

Panelists including legendary psychologist Philip Zimbardo and Katrina photographer Ted Jackson discuss the bystander effect, altruism, and the potential for heroism in all of us.

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Empathy and the Greater Good

January 2006

A Greater Good Science Center event on the science and practice of empathy, featuring Arlie Hochschild, Phil & Carolyn Cowan, Lyssa Mudd, and Jason Marsh. Introductions by Deirdre English and Dacher Keltner.

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Robert Reich on Social Justice and Social Empathy

May 2004

What does empathy have to do with inequality? At this GGSC event, Robert Reich, former U.S. secretary of labor and a professor at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, discusses how socio-economic inequality contributes to frayed social bonds—and explains what we can do about it.

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  • Can People Change?

    August 25, 2015

    In an adaptation from his new book Altruism, Buddhist monk and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard takes on the notion that humans have a fixed nature.

  • 32 Tips for My Daughter Before She Leaves Home

    September 1, 2015

    Here are the things Christine Carter hopes her little girl has learned before she goes out into the world.

  • How Kindness Can Define Who You Are

    August 24, 2015

    Research on neurodegenerative diseases suggests that identity Is lost without a moral compass.

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The Evolutionary Roots of Compassion

The Evolutionary Roots of Compassion

Dacher Keltner explains why Darwin thought compassion is humans’ strongest instinct.


The Greater Good Guide to Mindfulness

The Greater Good Guide to Mindfulness

This invaluable resource, a special benefit for GGSC members, offers insight into what mindfulness is, why it’s important, and how to teach it.

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Mindfulness, Connection, and Compassion

International House, UC Berkeley
October 2, 2015
Mindfulness, Connection, and Compassion

A special day-long event with Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Dan Siegel, M.D.

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