Special Episode: Professor Philip Zimbardo

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Professor Philip Zimbardo is, arguably, the grandfather of the ‘everyday hero’ movement. As Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, he has published more than 300 academic papers, has authored more than 50 books and has a rich hinterland of subject expertise, ranging from the nature of evil, shyness, hypnosis and time, to name but a few. 

Zimbardo rocketed to the world’s attention following his infamous Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971 and he has held the international stage ever since as a respected authority and ground-breaking academic. He has since gone on to found the Heroic Imagination Project and, with his 85th birthday less than a year away, he shows no signs of slowing down, even though he officially retired more than a decade ago!

It was a privilege to share a conversation with Professor Zimbardo while he was in the middle of a hectic series of speaking engagements in Stockholm, and to explore with him, the underlying patterns of his life’s work, his take on the current geo-political climate and the future of heroism studies.


You can find the website for the Heroic Imagination Project here

Professor Zimbardo's Amazon Author page, where you can access many of his books, including the excellent 'Lucifer Effect' and 'Man Interrupted' (published as 'Man Disconnected' in the US, can be found here and for UK listeners - here.

A link to the prescient article on Trump's administration and the rise of totalitarianism, which I referenced in our conversation can be read here

Here is a link to Professor Zimbardo's TED talk - 'The Demise of the Guy' or you can watch it below.


And this link will take you to a TED talk which outlines the findings in 'The Lucifer Effect' or, again, just click on the embedded player below.

Andy Fisher