Os Guinness speaks widely on social issues, particularly in the western world. He is the founder of the Trinity Forum and a Senior Fellow of the EastWest Institute in New York. As one who has experienced culture from different parts of the world, Guinness is a respected voice on issues of culture, character, calling, faith, worldview, and matters of globalization, religion, postmodernity, and public life.
The son of medical missionaries (and the great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer), Guinness was born in China during World War II. In 1951, Guinness was expelled from China shortly after going through the Chinese revolution of 1949. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of London and his D.Phil in social science from Oriel College, Oxford.
Os has written or edited more than twenty five books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth, The Call, Invitation to the Classics, Long Journey Home, and Unspeakable: Facing up to the challenge of evil. His latest book, from Harper One, is The Case for Civility – and Why our Future Depends on It, published in January 2008. In 2010, Guinness contributed to A Place for Truth: Leading Thinkers Explore Life's Hardest Questions, published by The Veritas Forum and InterVarsity Press.
Os was previously a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since coming to the United States in 1984, he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1986 to 1989, Os served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. From 1991 to 2004 he was a senior fellow at the Trinity Forum, and a frequent speaker and seminar leader at political and business conferences in both the United States and Europe.