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I recently watched Dan Palotta’s TEDTalk and later spoke with him on a conference call related to a new compassion initiative of which I am a part. His talk reminded me of a number of my own experiences and the unique perspective as an entrepreneur who made (and lost) millions, who has given away close to thirty million dollars to charity and who founded and directs a non-profit organization (CCARE) that examines the neuroscience of compassion and altruism.

I share with you also the reality that not every decision related to my own philanthropy was perfect and I had a few lessons to learn. The other reality is that while I now spend a significant amount of time as director of CCARE whose work is renowned worldwide, funds that would allow me to do this work full-time are inexistent. The other reality is that a great amount of my CCARE time is spent in fund-raising mode that takes away from complete focus on the mission. Our present method of philanthropy is at the root cause of this type of problem.

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James R. Doty, MD

Director and Founder at CCARE
Dr. Doty is a CCARE Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University, as well as an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. As founder of CCARE, Dr. Doty works with both the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences and a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism.