World Suffering and Quality of Life


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About the Author

Ronald (Ron) E. Anderson is emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. His legacy includes seven books, over 100 articles, 150 presentations at professional meetings, 15 large research grants, and at least 40 consulting positions. Most of his work has related to technology applications or impact and he was the first Chair of the ASA microcomputer group that later changed its name to CITASA. In 2009, he established the Foundation for Compassionate Societies, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, its principle mission being to foster compassion around the world and to maintain the website For two decades, he coordinated research on information technology in K-12 education in over 25 countries. Dr. Anderson, as the United States National Research Coordinator for the IEA Computers in Education study, secured a large grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct that assessment in 1992. With Henry Becker, he received funding for the "Teaching, Learning and Computing" which included a nationwide survey of K-12 schools and teachers in 1998. Professor Anderson served on the International Steering Committee for the IEA computer and technology studies from 1990 to 2007, co-chairing it for half that time. Dr. Anderson was invited to give numerous presentations on national as well as international aspects of these international technology studies. Many of these presentations were to the National Academy of Sciences Board on Com

parative International Studies in Education. He and three colleagues compiled a landmark compendium of technology policy and practices for 37 leading countries: Plomp, T., Anderson, R. E., Law, N., and Quale, A., Editors, Cross-National Information and Communication Technology - Policies and Practices in Education. Greenwich, CT, USA: Information Age Publishing, 2009 (Revised 2nd edition). In addition, he was co-author with Hans Pelgrum of the book coming out of the IEA SITES Module 1 study entitled ICT and the Emerging Paradigm for Life Long Learning: A Worldwide Educational Assessment of Infrastructure, Goals and Practices. (Amsterdam: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, 2001). Since retiring from the University of Minnesota in 2005, he published several articles on gender and technology in encyclopedias and handbooks. In 2012, he published two articles, one on the development of a microsimulation model to study college student retention and the other, a study of the network structure of websites devoted to caring, compassion, and disaster relief. Since 2009, he has given numerous lectures and presentations on measuring worldwide compassion and suffering and on the nature of world suffering.