The talk by Campfire member @Jonathan Leighton at July's Campfire Conversation in Chesham was one of the most successful and memorable talks of the series. His mantra is about “promoting universal compassion and the alleviation of suffering as society’s core value”
He is a writer and public speaker on ethics, dedicated to developing strategies for a gentler world with less suffering. Since June 2016 he has been the Executive Director of Organisation for the Prevention of Intense Suffering (OPIS), a Swiss-based think-and-do tank he founded to spread compassion and promote the prevention of human and non-human suffering as our overriding global ethical priority. He believes that transparent ethical values and principles are an essential basis for designing new systems that we can all largely agree on. He describes his approach to ethics and its relation to human nature in his book “The Battle for Compassion”. Some of the key ideas are communicated in a 20-minute film that he produced with the same name.