Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher whose books, which include Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in over 20 languages. He is founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum and of the digital Empathy Library. He is also a founding faculty member of The School of Life and on the faculty of Year Here. Roman has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers. His writings have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs, and designers. His forthcoming book, Carpe Diem Reclaimed, will be published by the award-winning crowdfunding publisher Unbound.
After growing up in Sydney and Hong Kong, he studied at the universities of Oxford, London and Essex, where he gained his PhD. He has taught sociology and politics at Cambridge University and City University, London, and has done human rights work in Central America with refugees and indigenous people. For several years he was Project Director at The Oxford Muse, the avant-garde foundation to stimulate courage and invention in personal, professional and cultural life.
An internationally acclaimed public speaker, Roman’s talks and workshops have taken him everywhere from a London prison to Google’s HQ in California. His media work includes articles in The Guardian and the Wall Street Journal, and interviews on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Channel 4 and PBS television in the United States. Over 750,000 people have watched his RSA Animate video The Power of Outrospection.
He is also the author of a book on what sport can teach us about life, The First Beautiful Game: Stories of Obsession in Real Tennis and, with the historian Theodore Zeldin, edited Guide to an Unknown University.
Roman is a fanatical real tennis player, has worked as a gardener, and has a passion for furniture making.