The Hero Round Table Conference Video

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The Hero Round Table is the first cross-disciplinary conference on heroism. An extraordinary group of experts from the fields of psychology, education, business, sports, philosophy, and entertainment will be presenting their work and thoughts on heroism to a diverse audience from around the world.

The event will be held in Mid Michigan over the weekend of November 9th and 10 in 2013. For more information and registration, visit

Speakers from the psychology world will be presenting the latest research on heroism as well as the prevailing theories on how heroism works.

  • Heading the conference is Dr Philip Zimbardo the world famous social psychologist who currently heads up the Heroic Imagination Project.
  • Also presenting work is Dr Scott Allison of the University of Richmond. He has published two books on the subject and runs two blogs on our relationship to heroes.

The value of heroism in education is evident in the issue of bullying, but also important in improving the overall school environment.

  • The first education speaker is Zoe Weil, the legendary humane educator, author, and in-demand speaker.
  • Christian Long is an internationally sought-after education consultant with experience studying heroism in the classroom.
  • Aaron Donaghy has transformed the concepts of charity and heroism for his students using the Go Effect.
  • Ann Medlock has spent decades discovering and promoting heroes through the Giraffe Heroes program.

Businesses can benefit from turning bystanders into heroes who will fight issues such as fraud, theft, and workplace bullying.

  • George Brymer has recently published Franciscanomics which is essentially a handbook for heroism in the corporate world.
  • David Rendall knows the power of standing out. He shares his Freak Factor concept with audiences around the world.
  • Author of Dare to Dream, Whitney Johnson suggests tapping into the power of the female hero’s journey.
  • Doug Knight is a non profiteer making the connection between heroic action and the nonprofit business world.
  • Rounding out the speakers are people from all walks of life working to highlight and encourage heroism.
  • Mike Dilbeck is the conference’s keynote speaker. He lays out the steps to heroic action in his EveryDay Heroes presentations to audiences around the country.
  • Jocelyn Stevenson is a pioneer of children’s television, with genre-defining work on shows such as Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, and Bob the Builder.
  • Jeremiah Anthony got frustrated with the failed efforts of professional anti-bully speakers, so he changed his school by himself.
  • Pat Solomon created the documentary, Finding Joe, an ode the work of Joseph Campbell and a call to action for all of us.
  • Dr. Ari Kohen teaches heroism (among other things) at the University of Nebraska and is the host of the podcast, The Hero Report.
  • Nolan Harrison played defense in the NFL for ten years and now works to help former players as a Senior Director at the NFLPA.
  • Drew Jacob is a professional adventurer, currently making his way from the source of the Mississipi to the mouth of the Amazon under his own power.
  • Ethan King is changing the world through his project, Charity Ball, which provides soccer balls to kids living in poverty. He recently became a teenager.

In addition to these speakers, there will be dozens of breakout sessions. Some of those will be presented by our main speakers. Some will be delivered by attendees – maybe even by you. Already lined up are Chad Ellsworth from Building Heroes, Andrew Jones of the Philosopher’s Stone, Shawn Furey of the Hero Support Network, Greg Smith of the Reel Heroes blog, Jensen Kile of Moral Heroes, and Elaine Kinsella from the University of Limerick. Details for applying to run a breakout session are on the website,

If you are a college student, you may be interested in presenting a poster at the conference. The judging panel will consist of Drs Phil Zimbardo, Zeno Franco, Scott Allison, and Ari Kohen. A Prize of $250 will be awarded to the winner and each entrant will receive a certificate of entry. Suitable subjects include altruism, bystander effect, personality constructs, prosocial behavior, character, leadership, and others.

So, now is the best time to sign up to attend this one-of-a-kind event. Go to where you can register online. There are special group tickets available for businesses and schools. You are not going to want to miss this one.

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