About Roman

RomanKrznaric by Kate Raworth portrait Jan 13 - low resRoman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living and social change. His books, which include EmpathyThe 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. His writings on empathy have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs, and designers. 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 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.

Roman regularly gives talks on topics such as empathy, the history of love, the future of work, and the art of living. Recent appearances include the Edinburgh International Festival, the Southbank Centre and Google HQ in California. He was described as one of the ‘breakthrough stars’ at the 2014 Hay Literary Festival. Participants in his internationally acclaimed workshops on empathy and social change range from judges and prisoners to political activists, school teachers and community leaders. His media work includes articles in the Guardian and Wall Street Journal, and interviews on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Channel 4 and PBS television in the United States.

In addition to Empathy, How to Find Fulfilling Work and The Wonderbox (published in the US as How Should We Live?), he is the 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. His blog Outrospection has been featured in the media around the world. Over 750,000 people have watched his RSA Animate video The Power of Outrospection.

Roman is a fanatical real tennis player, has worked as a gardener, and has a passion for furniture making.


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