The international Empathy and Compassion in Society conferences bring professionals from all sectors together with renowned scientists, policy makers, and other world leaders. Participants are exposed to cutting-edge research on how compassion can enhance their professional lives, presented with case studies, and taught concrete tools for cultivating and applying compassion in (and outside) the workplace. The first conference was held in 2012 at Friends House in London. Subsequent meetings took place in San Francisco in 2014, and Oslo in 2016. Richard Davidson and Scilla Elworthy were the most recent Guests of Honour.
Richard Davidson is a neuroscientist whose groundbreaking research has uncovered the effects of meditation on the brain and body. See his 2016 keynote address, "Cultivating Healthy Minds":
Scilla Elworthy is a human rights activist and founder of the Oxford Research Group, for which she was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Elworthy delivered a 2016 keynote address, "Pioneering the Possible - Awakened Leadership for a World that Works":
Past conferences have resulted in measurable changes and received far-reaching media coverage. For instance, in response to the 2014 meeting in San Francisco, the California State Senate declared an official Compassion Week dedicated to examining how compassion can be a guiding principle in society. An extract of the conference was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
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