The Youth Gatherings bring students together with renowned scientists, policy makers, and other world leaders to discuss the roles of empathy and compassion in their lives and in the world. Young people are presented with cutting-edge research on these qualities, and leave with concrete tools for cultivating empathy and compassion in their daily lives. At the most recent Gathering, more than 200 students met in Oslo with presenters including Stanford University neurosurgeon James Doty, mental health professor Paul Gilbert, and human rights activist Scilla Elworthy.


Please enjoy the full 2016 Youth Gathering, including an inspiring address from Scilla Elworthy: 



The next Youth Gathering will take place at the Parliament of the World's Religions this November 2018 in Toronto, Ontario. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in attending or for more information.



Youth Gathering


Above: Teenagers from schools in London discuss the question, "Don't we have to be ruthless to succeed in life?" at the first Youth Gathering at Friends House, London, in 2012.