DIISC’s core mission is to support the development of emerging scholars, especially future leaders, as intelligent and skilled promoters and sustainers of compassion. That perspectives and concerns from different fields and disciplines will conflict or challenge each other is inevitable, but their exponents must agree to coexistence and dialogue. The institute will model and promote Socratic dialogue, conversation and reflection – with a firm acceptance of the inevitability of doubt and of the dark forces that can emerge within even the most benign of traditions and individuals.
Academic and exploratory consideration of compassion will together be part of “changing the conversation”, for individuals, and for the world of interaction, cooperation, organisation and society. DIISC will aim to develop fluency in interdisciplinary working to encourage and develop an inclusive, academically credible and influential narrative about compassion.