Dr. Kukk is Professor of Political Science/Social Science at Western Connecticut State University, a Fulbright Scholar, HarperCollins author of The Compassionate Achiever, and founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation.
The event is free and scheduled for Friday, May 19th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on the main floor at Makery Coworking. The event will start with a lecture and discussion led by Dr. Kukk, followed by a Q&A period and book signing.
The Bank Street Book Nook is partnering to supply copies of The Compassionate Achiever for the event.
Although tickets are free, you must register online. Seating is limited to 50 persons.
For more information or questions, please email email@example.com.
About The Compassionate Achiever:
"A powerful, practical guide for cultivating compassion—the scientifically proven foundation for personal achievement and success at work, at home, and in the community.
For decades, we’ve been told the key to prosperity is to look out for number one. But recent science shows that to achieve durable success, we need to be more than just achievers; we need to be compassionate achievers.
New research in biology, neuroscience, and economics have found that compassion—recognizing a problem or caring about another’s pain and making a commitment to help—not only improves others’ lives; it can transform our own. Based on the most recent studies from a wide range of fields, The Compassionate Achiever reveals the profound benefits of practicing compassion including more constructive relationships, improved intelligence, and increased resiliency. To help us achieve these benefits, Christopher L. Kukk, the founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation, shares his unique 4-step program for cultivating compassion.
Kukk makes clear that practicing compassion isn’t about being a martyr or a paragon of virtue; it’s about rejecting rage and indifference and choosing instead to be a thoughtful, caring problem-solver. He identifies the skills every compassionate achiever should master—listening, understanding, connecting, and acting—and outlines how to develop each, with clear explanations, easy-to-implement strategies, actionable exercises, and real-world examples.
With the The Compassionate Achiever everyone wins—we can each achieve success in our own lives and create more productive workplaces, and healthier, less violent communities."
Critical Praise for The Compassionate Achiever:
“An inspiration and a treasure. Providing practical ways to nourish compassion, it offers an empowering action plan for success, understanding, and healing. I know it will have a meaningful impact on the teachers with whom I work and the community and nation at large.” — Maya Soetoro-Ng, founder, Ceeds of Peace and Director of Community Outreach and Global Learning, Matsunaga Institute for Peace
“A must-read…Compassion drives kindness and teamwork and leads to problem solving and ultimately, success…. Educators, healthcare workers, grassroots organizers alike need to share these principles. Business people and faith leaders need to mentor these skills-we all do.” — Marilyn Turkovich, Director, Charter for Compassion International
“Compassion benefits the giver and the receiver. Relationships prolong lives and are
what we are all here to experience. Love is the only thing of permanence. Read The Compassionate Achiever and learn to be compassionate to yourself, your body, and all life.” — Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of The Art of Healingand A Book of Miracles
“By following his suggestions, we can learn to cultivate compassion and reap the benefits for our productivity, our mental health, and our organizations.” — Greater Good
“Kukk maintains that compassion and a commitment to helping others actually leads to more constructive relationships, improved intelligence, and increased resiliency…. Kukk’s message and steps can provide effective tools to promote more productive workplaces and healthier communities.” — Library Journal