Ronald L. Hirsch - Founder. Throughout his varied career - as a teacher, a legal aid lawyer, a survey researcher, a nonprofit executive, a consultant, a composer, a writer and blogger, and a volunteer - Ron Hirsch has worked to help others. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Chicago Law School, he has seen first hand the devastating powerless of the poor, helped create social service projects throughout the country, and written position papers and blogged on a wide range of social policy issues.
He is the author of We Still Hold These Truths acclaimed by James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic, as "a systematic and serious effort to make the [presidential] debate as clear and valuable as it can be. Agree or disagree with his specific conslutions, the questions he's asking are the right ones for the public this year."
He has written three books on Buddhism. Having walked that path of Zen Buddhism for more than 20 years, the goal of his books and his Buddhist blog is to make the path more accessible by breaking out of the dogma of much Buddhist teaching to remove the barriers, combining a fresh take on aspects of the Buddha dharma with a practical perspective based on years of experience.
Based on his own experiences as a child, his observations of others, and his understanding of the ego, happiness, and our culture that he developed while walking the Buddhist path, he wrote the book, Raising a Happy Child. The myth of childhood is that it is a happy, carefree time. But typically it is neither carefree nor happy; it is fraught with insecurity. Raising a Happy Child seeks to change this fact of human development. It seeks nothing less than to fundamentally alter the quality of the relationship between parents and children, and thus change the way children relate to themselves and the world around them.