Paul Atkins

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Paul Atkins

Paul Atkins is a facilitator, author and researcher. He is co-founder and Vice President of Prosocial World, a not for profit focused on conscious evolution to enhance cooperation and trust in mission driven groups globally. Paul is a Visiting Associate Professor with the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University as well as a board member of the World Happiness Foundation. His research has focused on interventions to reduce stress while enhancing relationships, wellbeing, perspective taking and cooperation in groups and organizations. He is lead author of “Prosocial: Using Evolutionary Science to Build Productive, Equitable, and Collaborative Groups” as well as developer of the Prosocial suite of training offerings.

Speaking a bit more personally - my passion in life is creating more harmonious, cooperative, meaningful relationships. These days I identify as a social psychologist although at started out as a cognitive scientist and spent a good part of my career as an organisational psychologist doing research on helping people experience more wellbeing and better relationships in organisations. For the past 10 years I have been passionately involved in building Prosocial with David Sloan Wilson and a range of other colleagues. It has been the greatest privilege of my life to get to meet such an extraordinary range of wonderful people and I am changing deeply in response. These days I am noticing I spend more time in a 'quiet ego' space than I used to. This is profoundly satisfying for me and it is a delight to be part of this group with others who appreciate the value of moving beyond ego.

I am no more nor less important than anybody else on the planet.