Simon Cohen

Broadcaster, Public Speaker, Founder of Global Tolerance

Simon Cohen is a moral and social commentator, and regular Pause for Thought contributor on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2.

Simon is a champion of communications with conscience. At the age of 24, he founded global tolerance - an international communications agency that only works with people committed to positive social change. He has represented many of the world's leading social change-makers including HH Dalai Lama and Gandhi's grandson. In March 2013, Simon placed the whole organisation on a one year sabbatical, to coincide with the birth of his first child and the company's 10 year anniversary.

He has spoken at the World Youth Summit, World Economic Forum, UNESCO, TEDx, and other international events. He is a freelance journalist and has written for Newsweek/Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, BBC and many other lead media.
Simon is the recipient of numerous awards, recognized as one of the most influential people in the PR industry, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Simon has a BA in Theology from the University of Nottingham. After three years of soul-searching and selling in the advertising world, Simon set up global tolerance in 2003.

He is married to his beautiful wife Kate, and lives in bliss in Brighton. They are expecting their first child in April 2013.

One of Simon's favourite people is his 9 year old nephew, Joshua. Oh, and he used to dabble a bit in breakdancing.!
What Kind of Happiness Are You

What Kind of Happiness Are You Seeking?

How much do we really know about happiness? From a Buddhist perspective, all sentient beings, including animals, seek happiness. We have a subconscious instinct to seek happiness - even though many of us don't have a clear idea what it is, or how to achieve it...
12/04/2015 23:30 BST
Wars of Words Are Violent,

Wars of Words Are Violent, Too

The so-called war of words involving North Korea, South Korea and the United States, raises an important question for our time: how do we define violence? Many people have pointed to the threat of violent conflict, but I believe that it has already taken place. In Buddhism, violence is thought of not just as physical action, but in terms of our thoughts and words as well.
30/04/2013 17:22 BST
Learning From

Learning From Lehman

Saturday 15 September marks four years since the fall of the Lehman brothers, the beginning of the economic crisis. Seeing and experiencing how the economic system has caused pain and sorrow for many people around the world, we cannot forget, however, that it was once intended for something good and to benefit everybody. With the economy as well as our day-to-day lives, we have to remember to combine the qualities of compassion and wisdom with everything we do.
14/09/2012 16:10 BST
Pain, Gain and the Race of

Pain, Gain and the Race of Life

This summer, the world is looking towards London to celebrate its athletes. For them, the saying 'no pain, no gain' is part of their path to excellence.
25/07/2012 17:29 BST
Five Steps to a Wealthier

Five Steps to a Wealthier Life

We all want to lead healthy and prosperous lives. The news headlines in the UK and around the world, however, are firmly focused on the activities of banks and bankers and the weakness of our global economy. How do we lead wealthier lives, in ways that don't just involve accumulating money? 
06/07/2012 15:57 BST
The Wealth of

The Wealth of Europe

The financial crisis in Europe, and the suffering caused by it, is something that has increasingly drawn my attention. The population of young people - my own age group - is particularly affected by it. Therefore, I believe that questions such as 'What is wealth?' and 'What makes us wealthy?' are more relevant today than ever before.
19/06/2012 16:40 BST