Sir Peter Bazalgette delivered a lecture for our Road to Character series. He put forward the case that empathy is crucial for the wellbeing of society.
Sir Peter’s thought-provoking lecture examined the barriers to our ability to empathise with others, and the resulting impact on everything from the delivery of education and healthcare to creating an effective criminal justice system.
Sir Peter said that whilst today’s digital technology has enabled people to connect better with each other than ever before, this hasn’t resulted in corresponding increase in empathy, as our networks become increasingly remote.
In order to help heal the current divides in the UK, we need to consider how we can strengthen our communities by seeking to see the world through the eyes of others.
Road to Character lecture series
The Legatum Institute’s Road to Character series is part of our Cultural Transformation programme and was launched by David Brooks, the best-selling author and New York Times columnist. We invite high-profile speakers to discuss the character trait they most value, and its role in their own, and in the nation’s, life.