‘Roman Krznaric make a powerful case for empathy as the key to a better life and better world.’ Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, Royal Society of the Arts
‘Roman is such an eloquent and inspiring writer…one of the most compelling voices on how the power of empathy can enrich all of our lives.’ Mary Anne Hobbs, DJ and broadcaster
Buy it at Amazon or from your local bookseller.
Coming soon in Dutch, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish, Croatian and American…
Alongside the book, I’ve launched the world’s first online Empathy Library. Please visit it!
About the book
Roman Krznaric argues our brains are wired for social connection: empathy is at the heart of who we are. It’s an essential, transforming quality we must develop for the 21st Century.
Through encounters with actors, activists, groundbreaking designers, undercover journalists, nurses, bankers and neuroscientists, Krznaric defines a new breed of adventurer. He sets out the six life-enhancing habits of highly empathic people, whose skills enable them to connect with others in extraordinary ways.
Empathy has the power to transform relationships, from the personal to the political. In this way it will be key to fundamental social change – making this book a manifesto for revolution.
Articles and media
Guardian: How My Children Became My Greatest Teachers – article on my personal struggles to practice empathy in family life.
The School of Life blog: 5 Ways to Grow Your Empathy – my quick ‘how to’ guide for empathy.
The Power of Outrospection: 10 min RSA Animate video on empathy. Watch the famous hairy hand bring some of the key ideas in the book to life. Over half a million views.
Empathy and Happiness- The 3 Minute Pitch: Video on how to put empathy to work in your everyday relationships (with some rather funky music).
BBC Radio 4 – Today Programme: I discuss the role of empathy in peace-building and Mandela’s role as an empathic leader.
BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking: Can empathy really create a revolution? Listen to the debate with author Sheri Fink and philosopher Jan Slaby.
BBC World Service – Weekend: Interview on empathy and the peace negotiations in Syria.
Red Magazine: Interview with Louise Chunn on the art of practising empathy.
Psychologies Magazine: How to use empathy to open your mind.
Welldoing.org: 7 Ways to Teach Yourself Empathy.
Waterstones blog: Why I wrote the book and founded the Empathy Library.
ABC Radio National Australia – Life Matters: Interview with Natasha Mitchell.
Guardian Australia: Is Australia losing its empathy?
Guardian Eduction: Should we be using babies to teach empathy?
Studio 10 – Network 10 TV Australia: Is empathy in decline? Panel discussion of my new book.
The Happiness Experiment: Is empathy the new extreme sport?
Empathy Library media coverage – a project I’ve launched together with my new book: The Bookseller, BBC Radio 5′s Outriders programme (starts at 17.50min), Christian Science Monitor, Yes! Magazine, UTNE Reader, Ashoka’s Start Empathy blog, Revista Galileu and Porvir in Brazil.
An absorbing, inspiring book that could start a revolution. Read it.’ Philippa Perry, psychotherapist and author of How to Stay Sane
‘Roman Krznaric’s ideas on empathy challenge each one of us to see the world afresh, and in doing so he offers us the chance to become so much greater than we already are.’ John-Paul Flintoff, journalist and author of How to Change the World
‘An extraordinary understanding of the importance of utilizing empathy in our every day life, has been translated into vital guide for personal wellbeing and professional success.’ Patricia Moore, industrial designer and gerontologist
‘A mesmerizing mélange of history, social science, neuroscience, psychology and sociology. Krznaric is calling for nothing short of an empathy revolution and paints a compelling and practical picture of how to get there. His concept of an “Empathy Museum” is as brilliant as he is.’ Mary Gordon, Founder/President, Roots of Empathy
‘I know it is absurdly early in the year to be choosing the top book of the year, but here goes. I recommend Empathy by Roman Krznaric for both the quality of the content and its importance.’ Mike Childs, Head of Policy, Friends of the Earth
‘It’s difficult not to be swept up by Krznaric’s wave of optimism. The ideas and thought processes that buoy them are highly accessible and discerning.’ Jen Vuk, Eureka Street
And finally…here’s a photo from the book launch at Daunt Books in Chelsea
— sophieraworth (@sophieraworth) February 12, 2014