Ron Anderson

June 14, 1941 - December 21, 2020

Ron Anderson, an innovative scholar of technology and society, and a dear and generous colleague to all who were privileged to know him, passed away on December 21, 2020. Born in Sikeston, Missouri, Ron spent much of his childhood in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where his father started a hospital and served as personal physician to the court of Emperor Haile Selassie. After earning his psychology B.A. from La Sierra University in 1962, Ron moved to Stanford for graduate study in sociology, where his Ph.D. advisor was John Meyer. Upon his arrival in Minnesota as an Assistant Professor in 1966, Ron quickly took the lead in building a collaborative research infrastructure for his department, college, and university. Keep Reading.


Global Rise in Negative Emotions including Pain

Books by Steven Pinker and Hans Rosling, among others, and reports from the World Bank and the UN, all argue … Read More

The Global Refugee Crisis and its Resolution

By 2020 the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) reported 71 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, half of whom qualify … Read More

Website Overview

This site is the new home for Ron Anderson’s website World Suffering & Compassionate Relief of Suffering.  Ron Anderson, an … Read More

Where in the World is Suffering Extreme?

The Gallup World Poll reveals the worst pockets of global suffering. On … Read More

The Intractable Suffering of the Homeless

Abstract To those living within the central zones of large cities worldwide, homelessness has become a common way of being. Read More

Addiction, Despair, Meaning and Purpose

  Like a bomb explosion, the number of American deaths from opioid abuse has quadrupled in four years to … Read More

Healing a Hate Filled World

Hate and hatred describe extreme dislike at a deep emotional level. Anything can be the object, but we suffer most … Read More

The Golden Rule Outlaws Identity Politics

Do you allow the ‘Golden Rule’ to rule your life? Or do you let the pursuit of gold consume your … Read More

What Gives my Life Meaning? Is it Caring?

Meaning as used here refers to thinking, caring and acting with purpose. Purpose refers to goals whereas meaning consists … Read More

Setting Priorities for Amelioration of Global Threats

The first half of 2017 has tossed the world order into a new set of vulnerabilities not previously experienced. We … Read More