Other writings

Selected journalism

‘Six Life Lessons from Leon Tolstoy’ –  Daily Good, December 2013.

‘The Movement to Live More Simply Is Older Than You Think’ – Yes Magazine, December 2013

‘The Six Varieties of Love’ – Yes Magazine‘, December 2013 (Portuguese version)

‘The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People’ – Daily Good, August 2013

‘Have We All Been Duped by the Myers-Briggs Test?’ – Fortune Magazine, May 2013

‘Four Ways to Rethink Having It All (Without Leaning In)’ – Wall Street Journal, May 2013

‘Six Ways to Stop Worrying and Find Work You Love’ – Yes Magazine, May 2012

‘Who Are You Trying to Impress? How to Escape Status Anxiety’ – Psychology Today, March 2013

‘Stuck in a Job Rut? Five Ways to Make Work Matter Again’ – Wall Street Journal, March 2013

‘Working from Home: The Five Golden Rules’ – Guardian, February 2013

‘Changing Career in 2013: Your Guide to Making a Fresh Start’ – Guardian, January 2013

‘Empathy becomes a revolutionary force for change’ – Wired Magazine 2013 Trends, November 2013

‘Are Your Ready for a Radical Sabbatical’ – Guardian, August 2012

‘Capturing Life Not Landmarks’ – on reinventing the art of travel, Psychologies Magazine, July 2012

‘Are You a High Achiever or a Wide Achiever’ – Psychologies Magazine, May 2012

‘Man About the House’ – on the history of the househusband, Guardian, January 2012

‘Are You Hooked on Gadgets? Then It’s Time You Went on a Digital Diet’ – Independent on Sunday, January 2012

‘Stop the Clock: The Tyranny of the Timepiece’ – Guardian, January 2012

‘Five Icons for Better Living in 2012’ – Huffington Post, January 2012

‘Get Lost! The New Art of Travel for the 21st Century’ – BBC Fast Track, January 2012

‘Shopping’ – The Observer, Ideas for Modern Living, November 2010

‘Time to Swap Introspection for Outrospection’ –  The Scotsman, August 2010

‘Empathy’ – The Observer, Ideas for Modern Living, March 2010

‘Five ways to Expand Your Empathy’ – the most popular post from my Outrospection blog, January 2010

‘Does the Progressive Left Really Belive in Climate Change?’ Climate Change Denial blog, January 2008

Selected interviews

Salon Magazine – interview with Matt Frassica on being experimental in the search of fulfilling work, May 2013

The Good Men Project – interview with Cameron Conway on empathy and education, April 2013

The European – interview with Martin Eiermann about the idea of homo empathicus, February 2013 (German version)

Colour Living – interview with Tina Bernstein about my grandmother and other sources of inspiration, November 2012

Philosophy for Life – interview with philosopher Jules Evans about the practical philosophy movement, October 2012

Writing Our Way Home – interview with Fiona Robyn on creativity, May 2012

The Australian – interview with Miriam Cosic on my wayward career path, February 2012

The Browser/Five Books – interview with Alec Ash about five books that have influenced my ideas, January 2012

Interviews in other languagesHet Financieele Dagblad (Dutch), O. Estado de S. Paulo (Portuguese), Epoca (Portuguese), Porvir (Portuguese), O Globo (Portuguese), Marie Claire (Portuguese), Don’t Touch My Moleskine (Portuguese), Voce S/A Magazine (Portuguese), mdemulher magazine (Portuguese), iG Delas (Portuguese), Lola Magazine (Portuguese), Jutarnji List (Croatian), Knack Magazine (Flemish), Knack Weekend (Flemish), Slobodna Dalmacija (Croatian), Najbolje Knjige (Croatian).


Dr Freud and the Great Happiness Swindle (forthcoming 2016)

Empathy with the Enemy (The Pedestrian, Vol.1 No.1, 2010)

Work and the Art of Living (Blackbird, 2008)

Empathy and the Art of Living (Blackbird, 2007)

Time and the Art of Living (Blackbird, 2007)


What a philosopher, certified insane, thinks about his doctors: Alan Human

How to survive an education system that teaches boredom and conformity: Phin Campell

Why a nurse thinks ‘we surely can’t be here just to do things for ourselves’: Frances Fairweather

What chain-making in a Midlands factory can lead to: Robbie Morgan

Why a grower of organic vegetables needs to travel the world in search of ‘good people’: Andy Bell 

‘I’m not a great thinker, I’m a doer’: Royston Hoare

Why an Argentinian wildlife expert believes smiling is an international language: Val Crowder 

Why a school governor wants to empower children: Athene Reiss

How a cycling enthusiast became part of the human race: Steve Stuart 

Academic articles, research and reports

The Empathy Effect: How Empathy Drives Common Values, Social Justice and Environmental Action (February 2015, Friends of the Earth)

Empathy and Climate Change: Proposals for a Revolution of Human Relationships (2010) in Future Ethics: Climate Change and Apocalyptic Imagination (edited by Stefan Skrimshire, Continuum). An earlier version of this chapter is available here.

Five Lessons for the Climate Crisis: What the History of Resource Scarcity in the United States and Japan can teach us (2010) in History at the End of the World? History, Climate Change and the Possibility of Closure (edited by Mark Levene, Rob Johnson and Penny Roberts, Humanities-Ebooks). This chapter is a revised version of a longer report for the United Nations Development Programme, available here.

You Are Therefore I Am: How Empathy Education Can Create Social Change (July 2008, an Oxfam Research Report)

For God’s Sake Do Something! How Religions Can Find Unexpected Unity Around Climate Change (November 2007, United Nations Development Programme)

How Change Happens: Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Human Development (February 2007, an Oxfam Research Report)

The Limits on Pro-Poor Agricultural Trade in Guatemala: Land, Labour and Political Power (2005, background paper for Human Development Report 2005, United Nations Development Programme, also published in Journal of Human Development, 2006)

The Worldview of the Oligarchy in Guatemalan Politics (2003, Ph.D. thesis, University of Essex, UK)

Differentiating the Democracies of the West (2003, European Journal of Political Research)

Making Democracy Work for Pro-poor Development (2003, Commonwealth Secretariat)

The Uneven Performance of Third Wave Democracies: Electoral Politics and the Imperfect Rule of Law in Latin America (2002, Latin American Politics and Society). This is also published in Latin American Democratic Transformations (2009, edited by William Smith, Wiley-Blackwell).

Mortgaged Democracy (2001, from The Routledge Encyclopedia of Democratic Thought)

How to Construct a Database of Liberal Democratic Performance (2001, Democratization, Vol. 8 No. 3)

Measuring Liberal Democratic Performance: An Empirical and Conceptual Critique (2000, Political Studies)

Civil and Uncivil Actors in the Guatemalan Peace Process (1999, Bulletin of Latin American Research)

Interpreting Land in the Guatemalan Peace Process (1998, unpublished)

Guatemalan Returnees and the Dilemma of Political Mobilization (1997, Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol.10 No.1)

Other books

What the Rich Don’t Tell the Poor: Conversations in Guatemala (an exploration of how wealthy people think about poverty, unpublished)

Message to the Gardeners of England (a political novel, unpublished)

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