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From Unaddressed Problems in Poverty to Youth and Animal Protection

By: Alyson Wyers - Jul 22, 2015
These talks about compassion explain how feeling sympathetic and being concerned for the suffering and misfortune of other people results in a desire to help and how this concept can be applied in a number of ways.

Robert Wright takes a scientific and secular approach to the topic, as he discusses the evolution of compassion and the need for everyone to expand morality by imagining others and their plights more complexly. Jeremy Rifkin also talks about compassion and how empathy in the globalized world can instil a sense of social responsibility and bring about change in the world and the way nations interact with each other.

In another social justice-themed speech International Justice Mission Founder Gary Haugen explores how compassion can be a key strategy in addressing violence and its role in perpetuating extreme poverty in developing countries.