Christopher L. Kukk, Ph.D., is a professor of political science and social science at Western Connecticut State University; founding director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation; and faculty advisor for the University and City of Compassion initiatives. He is also cofounder and CEO of InnovOwl LLC, a research and consulting start-up for solving micro and macro problems through innovative education. He was an international security fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a counterintelligence agent for the United States Army, and a research associate for Cambridge Energy Research Associates. He lives in Brookfield, Connecticut.
"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 Healing and 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." -- The 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 "Bolstered with concrete advice and encouragement to nurture emotional intelligence, [The Compassionate Achiever] is a needed reminder that compassion isn't a passive characteristic but requires us to actually act to help each other." -- Publishers Weekly "[The Compassionate Achiever] gives us very pragmatic how-to's for how to live a life that has compassion at its core." -- Emma Seppala, Psychology Today