Fostering compassion in polarised times: lessons from psychologists, criminologists, and educationalists

  • June 16, 2023
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When the world seems increasingly divided, what skills can help us dial down the hostile vibes and become a more compassionate society?

We live in deeply polarised times. Switch on your TV or scroll through your social media feed and the chances are you’ll see friends, relatives and pundits at each other’s throats, fighting the culture war du jour.

There’s no shortage of potential causes – from political disillusionment, economic upheaval, globalisation, fake news and disinformation, or self-reinforcing social media feeds. These divisions can make public discourse feel impossible, but according to academics at the University of Derby there are things we can do to be more compassionate and kinder.

Do you have an idea for a novel research project or course syllabus that could supercharge humanity’s efforts to save the world? The University of Derby is challenging 16- to 24-year-olds to submit a short proposal, with the chance to win £1,000, and to partner with its academics to develop a MOOC (massive open online course). Find out more at derby.ac.uk

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