Roman Krznaric writes about the power of ideas to change society.

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Roman Krznaric has been named one of Britain's leading popular philosophers by The Observer. His writings have been widely influential among political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs and designers. An acclaimed public speaker, his talks and workshops have taken him from a London prison to Google's headquarters in California.

After growing up in Sydney and Hong Kong, Krznaric studied at the universities of Oxford, London and Essex, where he gained his PhD in political sociology. He went on to found the world's first Empathy Museum and is currently a research fellow at the Long Now Foundation.

His latest book, The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World, has been described by U2's The Edge as "the book our children's children will thank us for reading." His other bestselling books, including EmpathyThe Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained, have been published in more than 20 languages. 

Krznaric has previously been an academic, a gardener and a human rights activist in Guatemala.

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