Hero Forge, Special: Philip Zimbardo

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.

In 2017 and 2018, Andy Fisher created a podcast called the Hero Forge project. In 2019 he appeared on the Movers Mindset podcast (episode 60). In response to his interview on Movers Mindset, several people expressed interest in hearing the Hero Forge podcast, and we—Andy and Craig—are delighted to present these audio files here for your enjoyment!

You can find Andy’s book, The Hero Forge on Amazon and you can reach him these days via his photography web site, Andy Lee Fisher Headshots. If you’d like to discuss the Hero Forge podcast, (or anything else related to Movers Mindset,) please consider joining the Movers Mindset community.