For all its promise, why isn’t compassion our singular, steadying, global ethos?

Almost every spiritual tradition teaches it, celebrates it, prays for it. And yet… most actions appear born of other motivations. This even though today’s growing interest in compassion has led to new research, as well as individuals, organizations, and even whole democracies advocating greater practice of compassion.

Together, let’s explore compassion, including the rate limiting factors that keep us from more often beginning with it. I believe a simple, possibly surprising, perspective shift might help each of us with compassion.

About the speaker

CreativeMornings Geneva is proud to officially take part in the Week of Democracy. For this month’s theme — Compassion — we are honored to welcome John W. Zinsser, Chief Ombudsman (médiateur en chef) for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

John W. Zinsser is animated by the belief that increasing the quantity of quality human communication drives individuals and organizations to higher achievement and realization of their aspirations.

Since co-founding Pacifica Human Communications, LLC. nearly 30 years ago, Fortune 500 and global companies, as well as governments and private institutions, have asked Zinsser to help them expand conflict management and communication capacities. As designer, assessor, speaker and award-winning ombuds, Zinsser continuously raises his voice for the benefit of humanizing organizations, by courageously and compassionately addressing the challenges too many choose to avoid.

Today, Zinsser continues this work in the exceptional context of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He also lectures on the topic of organizational ombuds at Columbia University, in the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program.

His personal enthusiasms — sailboat racing and poerty — also inform his work and lift his heart.

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