Author Archives: Roman Krznaric

1001 Books: Take part in the Empathy Museum’s new project!

Is there a book – one you absolutely love – that you would like to share with someone you’ve never met? The internationally acclaimed Empathy Museum is asking 1001 people to donate a book to a unique pop-up library called A THOUSAND AND ONE BOOKS, which will appear at the London International Festival of Theatre in June, then tour […]

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The Secret to the Good Life: Live Every Day Twice

‘Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now.’ This mind-bending maxim is courtesy of the Austrian existential psychotherapist and Auschwitz survivor Victor Frankl. He considered it to be one of the keys to living […]

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Steve Jobs Was Wrong: Don’t Live Each Day Like It’s Your Last

Live each day like it’s your last. It’s been the mantra of everyone from the Ancient Roman philosopher Seneca to the digital sage Steve Jobs. In my humble opinion, however, there are five fundamental reasons why it is one of the most misguided pieces of life advice to have emerged in Western history. You can […]

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What song makes you seize the day?

I’m crowdfunding my new book Carpe Diem Reclaimed with the lovely and rather funky publisher Unbound – in just two weeks it’s already reached 55% of the target, so big thanks to everyone who has backed it. One of the best things about crowdfunding is the crowd bit: it’s not every day that an author […]

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Carpe Diem Reclaimed – thank you for seizing the day!

Dear Friends I’m delighted to let you know that the crowdfunding campaign for my new book Carpe Diem Reclaimed has got off to a great start. The support so far has been amazing: over once-third of the target has been reached in under a week, with pledges from around 150 people. A huge thanks to those of you […]

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Carpe Diem Reclaimed – help crowdfund my new book!

I’ve got some big news. Today I’m launching the crowdfunding campaign for my new book, Carpe Diem Reclaimed: The Story of A Cultural Hijack, and I’d love your support to make it happen. The book explores how the spirit of carpe diem – seize the day – has been hijacked by consumer culture, 24/7 entertainment […]

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Are We Really All Driven by the Fear of Death? An Interview with Psychologist Sheldon Solomon

This evening I told my six-year-old-twins the bad news: we have to put down our aging tortoiseshell cat Scully. Part of what made the task emotionally difficult was not just that they love the cat but that they live in a culture where they are shielded from death. If they’d been living in the nineteenth […]

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Will you join my campaign against Facebook’s ‘EMPATHY’ button?

Mark Zuckerberg has just announced Facebook’s plan to introduce an ’empathy’ button alongside the familiar ‘like’ icon which is used 4.5 billion times per day. In this article in the Guardian, I argue that it’s a big mistake. It would represent the triumph of slacktivism over activism, and leave us emotionally inarticulate and illiterate. Please […]

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There’s a Giant Shoe Box on the River Thames: It’s the Empathy Museum!

This weekend in London the world’s first Empathy Museum opened its doors. It’s a moment I’ve been dreaming about for years. Seeing it actually come to life has been completely thrilling, even overwhelming. There has been a constant stream of visitors to our launch exhibit, A Mile in My Shoes, a giant shoe box on […]

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Two Days Left: Support the World’s First Empathy Museum

We’ve got just two days left to fund the launch of the Empathy Museum. If you’ve been pondering giving support, or haven’t yet got around to it, now is the time! We’ve nearly hit £10,000 – just a little more and we’ll be there. PLEASE DONATE HERE Our launch exhibit, A Mile in My Shoes, […]

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