How roots of empathy became “Canada’s olive branch to the world”

When I first learned that I would be receiving a 2011 Ernest C. Manning Foundation Innovation Award for my work as founder of Roots of Empathy, I was stunned―in a good way.


This award, one of the most prestigious and traditionally science-based awards in Canada, provides not only huge encouragement for our organization and for me personally, but also for hundreds of social entrepreneurs in Canada. In giving me this award, the Manning Foundation has raised awareness about the contribution made by innovators who struggle with intransigent social problems. What all of this says is that there is a shift in our collective understanding about how we can change the world. It’s not just about science and technology anymore. We have to change the people in the world if we want to have peace.