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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

TED Presentation: Robert Wright on Compassion

In my opinion, ( ) is one of the best sites on the Web. The best speakers/thinkers in the country lecture for about 20 minutes on “ideas worth sharing.” This week, we will follow several speakers who have messages/ideas worth hearing and sharing on issues relating to leadership.

This is the THIRD of the series from

Robert Wright on Compassion

Author Robert Wright explains "non-zero-sumness" and compassion and how our fortunes and others around the world are linked. He argues that cooperation has guided our evolution to this point -- and how we can use it to help save humanity today. When we care about others, they care about us. He argues that this is selfish—the intelligent use of self interest—but necessary. For example, if we buy a car in the US, we recognize that the parts are made around the globe, thus we’re linked to Japan, at…have an interest in their success and compassion for them, which in turn helps them think about and have compassion for us.

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