The Science Behind Compassion: Center for Social Innovation (CSI), Dr. James Doty, Director, Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism

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At the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Dr. James Doty criticizes Silicon Valley’s reluctance to attribute success to support and goodwill in favor of personal genius.

He argues for the necessity of altruism and funding for both societal and individual benefit.

Drawing on his expertise as a neurosurgeon, Doty highlights the mental and physical health benefits that result from compassion. Referencing a “compassion deficit” among the wealthy, he addresses their general fear of “wasting” funds, despite access to vast resources. Finally, using his personal story as an example of the importance of social entrepreneurship and funding support,

Doty urges listeners to consider whether the

amount of emphasis our society places

on compassion is enough.