United in Compassion: How to power up young people to take collective action and create a better world
Watch the panel event launching our exciting new research below
New research developed for the Persil Dirt Is Good Project reveals that while young people are highly compassionate, they are choosing not to reveal their compassion through their words or behaviours for fear of not fitting in. This means that they take part in less social and environmental action than they would like to – to the detriment of their own well-being and their impact on the world around them. The Persil Dirt Is Good project focuses on helping young people to believe that taking action on social and environmental issues is not the niche but the norm.
On 2nd February, we launched the research project and accompanying white paper with a panel discussion. We brought together academics and thought leaders in the well-being, education and environmental fields to explore the role compassion plays in freeing young people up to get stuck into the issues they care about. You can watch the event or share it with your peers below.
See a full list of our panellists for the event below. Please share this page with anyone who may be interested in watching. Find out more about the white paper and research on compassionate values in young people here: Generation Action: How to unleash the potential of children and young people to take positive action and create a better world for all
Camilla Turner is Education Editor at The Daily Telegraph. She joined the newspaper in 2013 and worked as a reporter on breaking news, before joining the investigations department. She read History at Oxford University and then won a scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to study an MA Investigative Journalism at City University.
Dr Emma Seppälä
Emma Seppälä Ph.D., is a Lecturer at the Yale School of Management and Faculty Director of the Yale School of Management's Women's Leadership Program. An international keynote speaker and author, her book The Happiness Track (Harper One, 2016) has been translated into dozens of languages. She is also the Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.
Seppälä’s expertise is positive leadership, emotional intelligence, positive psychology, and social connection. Her research has been published in top academic journals and featured in major news outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and CBS News.
Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author and world-renowned thinker. Richard began his career in education, most notably as headmaster of the failing Grange Primary School. In just two years, he famously transformed the school into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world. He was celebrated by UNESCO and the UK Government for its incredible turnaround. Read more about Richard
Dr Cara Augustenborg
Dr. Cara Augustenborg is an environmental scientist by training and a media pundit by passion. In 2020, she was awarded Ireland’s ‘Woman of Influence’ title at the Irish Women’s Awards. Cara is currently an Environmental Policy Fellow at University College Dublin and presenter of the Down To Earth show on Newstalk FM. In 2016, the Sunday Independent named Cara as one of the 20 most influential people to lead the low carbon transition in Ireland and GreenNews.ie called her one of five women in Ireland making incalculable contributions to Irish environmental issues.
Alison is an experienced Head Teacher with a demonstrated history of high attainment working within the education management industry. She has a passion for staff and pupil wellbeing, the celebration of the teaching profession, inclusion and diversity and she enjoys supporting school leaders and schools facing demanding challenges. Alison turned around a failing school within a deprived area of London from the bottom 1% to the top 0.1% in 3 years and went on to sustain the success of the school for a further 6 years with the school consistently being listed within the top 100 schools nationwide. Read more about Alison
Tati is Vice President of Marketing for Unilever's largest Home Care business- Dirt Is Good, a federation of brands and a coalition of projects which aim at delivering uncompromised top cleaning performance to meet people's laundry needs, while powering them up to act on the issues they care about the most. Currently based in London, UK, she leads the Dirt Is Good equity, design and innovation programme across the world. Her ambition is to ensure that people shouldn't have to sacrifice sustainability for top performance, and vice-versa- the two should be synonymous. Tati has worked internationally in a wide range of Marketing and Consumer Insight roles, for both Home and Personal Care.
Dr Morgan Phillips
Morgan is Project Design Specialist (Education) at Global Action Plan and UK Co-Director of The Glacier Trust. He is also an associate director at Green Schools Project and a trustee of the National Association for Environmental Education. Previously Morgan, worked as Education Manager at Keep Britain Tidy where he led the Eco-Schools programme in England. He has also lectured on the Politics of Climate Change at Brunel University, run environmental education sessions for EcoActive and delivered intercultural understanding events for young adults in Jamaica, Kenya, Bangladesh, Slovakia, Russia and England. Morgan holds a PhD in Environmental Education from University of Gloucestershire and studied Environmental Science, Policy and Planning at University of Bath.
Natasha Parker is Head of Post-consumerism at Global Action Plan where she leads a range of projects that encourage the application of compassionate values to all aspects of the ways we live; helping to create a happier society and a healthier planet. She is also studying for a PhD at the University of Surrey where her research focuses on how values and sustainable behaviours interact with our wellbeing. She holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (the science of wellbeing) and is passionate about helping people live happier lives, within the earths limits.