140. Roman Krznaric – The Good Ancestor: Long Term vs. Short Term Worlds

Roman Krznaric is the author of the book The Good Ancestor: A Radical Prescription for Long-Term Thinking, which shares six practical ways we can retrain our brains to be future-focused. He guides us on how we might shift our priorities to saving our planet and the quality of humanity beyond ourselves now. Roman is also the founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum, a founding faculty member at School of Life in London, and an empathy advisor to organizations including Oxfam and the United Nations. Both his book and life experiences offer advice on how to live in a way that impacts future generations for the better.

In this podcast, Roman shares his own life story and journey to discover the true importance of what it means to be a good ancestor and to think of future generations rather than only yourself. Listen as he shares his own personal experience and advice on how to live this out, how to set goals with the future in mind, and how to be a good ancestor.  

“We discover ourselves through looking outside ourselves; through outrospection as much as introspection.” –Roman Krznaric

This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:

  • The purpose of life and how to live to the fullest
  • How Roman’s role as a gardener has taught him new things
  • The most important question of our time
  • Thoughts on being a good ancestor and what it means to look to the future
  • The importance of asking yourself what legacy you are leaving  
  • The inspiration behind Roman’s book and what he wants people to get out of it
  • What it means and looks like to colonize the future
  • Different ways to think long-term
  • How one person can make a difference
  • Chalk festivals and cultivating important rituals
  • How to incorporate younger generations into politics and citizen assemblies
  • The role of empathy in looking to the future
  • The importance of being interested in others and not just yourself
  • Roman’s favorite books and biggest influences
  • Some of Roman’s best travel hacks
  • How to build relationships
  • How to connect with Roman
  • Roman’s journey into writing and his current writing routine
  • Challenging and rewarding aspects of writing
  • Advice and encouragement for other writers
  • Roman talks about his TED Talk
  • Roman Gives some of his best writing tips

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