Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, and beauty, and power, social class and inequality. Keltner is the author of Born to Be Good and The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal and Slate, among others. Keltner works with the Sierra Club to help veterans and inner city kids, and has contributed to curtailment of solitary confinement in maximum-security prisons in California. He holds a PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford University.

What If a Poor Person Ran the US Economy?

June 27, 2017

Psychological studies tell us that someone from a disadvantaged background might in fact be much better at running a country’s economy. One of the mysteries of the Trump presidency boils down to this question: Will he prove to be an economic populist and advance the economic well-being of the poor and, most...

The Power Paradox: Does Absolute Power Corrupt Absolutely?

August 23, 2016

In our tour of the abuses of power, it is clear that when it comes to ethical behavior, it is the wealthy and powerful who don’t play by the rules. If Machiavelli’s saying “It is better to be feared than loved” is the most widely-known power maxim (and largely wrong),...