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Below is information about Robert Taylor members of the media, including:
- A short biography
- Television media reel
- High resolution photos
- Suggested interview topics and questions
- An introductory video about Robert Taylor
Robert V. Taylor Bio
Robert V. Taylor is a nationally recognized leader, author, and sought-after speaker and media commentator. He is absolutely passionate about helping individuals and organizations to realize their full human potential and impact in the world—and has invested a lifetime in doing just that.
Born and raised in South Africa, Robert saw firsthand the difference that could be made when oppressed people are given the freedom to discover their voices, trust their imaginations, and find the courage to be who they are. These experiences deeply empowered him, transforming his life.
As a young adult, Robert worked tirelessly to end apartheid. In 1980 his mentor, Archbishop Desmond Tutu sent Robert to the United States to avoid imprisonment for his anti-apartheid activity.
He graduated from Rhodes University, South Africa, and completed graduate work at Union Theological Seminary, New York, eventually becoming the highest-ranking openly gay clergy person in the Episcopal church at the time.
Robert lives by his own belief that goodness and kindness are possible each day as we show up for life. He continues to explore integrating personal spirituality and values-driven strategies with the question of how we each leave a footprint of compassion in the world—both at home, and in the corporate marketplace.
His forthcoming book, A New Way to be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive offers a path to an integrated life of purpose.
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The video below contains short clips of some of Robert V. Taylor’s television interviews.
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Suggested Topics & Interview Questions
TOPIC: What have you learned from your experiences in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and your mentor Archbishop Desmond Tutu?
- How can truth and reconciliation can bring peace to each of us?
- What does it mean to see ourselves as one with others?
- Is compassion possible in our everyday lives?
TOPIC: You’ve spent time with Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. In spite of all the tumult they respond to in the world they have a very human playfulness about them. Is this possible for others?
- What are the 7 Pathways you describe to being fully alive and fully human?
- What are the tools we can use for connecting with delight in our everyday lives?
TOPIC: How to maintain your humanity in a demanding workplace
- What does it mean to be ‘fully human’ in the workplace?
- How do we deal with the fact that society says we should value generosity and humility while business often rewards competitiveness and self-promotion? How can we merge our personal and our workplace values?
- What is the best way to incorporate spirituality and its inherent creativity and adaptability into our business lives, to lead us toward greater success and life satisfaction?
TOPIC: What are the appropriate steps to leading an ethical life at work and at home?
- How do I discuss my values in a diverse workplace and community?
- Is there an appropriate way to engage colleagues and friends in conversations about ethics at work and home?
- Ethics and values are loaded words for some people, often seen as code language. Yet we deal with these questions all the time – how do we re-frame the conversation?
TOPIC: You’ve experienced life as an exile from your country, an immigrant, a successful leader of mainstream institutions and a gay man – what has this taught you?
- How does your story offer connecting points to people pushing up against glass ceilings or stereotypes about them?
- Many people struggle with how others view them – perhaps because of gender, sexuality, background, race or a host of other factors. How do the specifics of our story create empathy and new understanding among people in workplaces and communities?
- What are the Five Steps you offer for people to see their own experience as an asset?
TOPIC: How can people “show up for life” when the daily news – from oils spills, war, unemployment and the economy – is so dire?
- What are your 5 steps for showing up for life every day?
- How can we create an engaged way of living?
- Is it possible to re-connect the fire inside of us?
TOPIC: How do I nurture compassion and empathy in myself and in my children, particularly in a culture that so values consumerism?
- A 2010 University of Michigan study reports that college students are 40% less empathetic today than students were 30 years ago. What role do we each play in creating a culture of empathy?
- What are the Five Steps that we can each put into practice to create greater empathy among the children in our orbit?
TOPIC: What can spirituality do to bolster us in tumultuous and demanding times, and allow us to lead lives of meaning and purpose?
- With so many people dealing with economic pressures including delayed retirement and downsizing, unemployment, and home foreclosures, how can spirituality lift us up?
- How can we best connect to one another spiritually so that we might life each other up in a fast-moving and tumultuous world?
- What are some concrete exercises that can help us maintain optimism even in distressing economic circumstances?
TOPIC: What if I consider myself more spiritual than religious? How do I incorporate faith into my everyday life?
- What is the value of gleaning truth and insights from various traditions?
- How do I incorporate daily practices to keep me focused on developing a life of hope, love and compassion?
- What does it mean to seek happiness for all people?
Meet Robert V. Taylor
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Introducing Robert V. Taylor