The future is kind #HAPPIERWORLD2016
Hello and happy almost Halloween! This week we’ve been working on plans to drive My London Works to the next level. Having tested the water on social this year, met some inspirational people making positive change and having joined the conversation on the #futureofwork – we’re keen to start participating in some of the events that will help transform the words into action and the action into collaborations!
With that very thing in mind, this week we came across the ‘Happier World’ conference on Twitter, and wanted to shine some light on what promises to be a fabulous event on Saturday November 5th.
The conference is the bringing together of change-makers from across the globe – innovators, social entrepreneurs and leaders of positive change, all willing and able to share their ideas and their experiences so we can “experiment with a new way of living.” Speakers and workshop leaders take participants on a journey of inspiration, encouraging us to transform by:
- Reconnecting with ourselves
- Redesigning organisations
- Rethinking our relationship with the world
WHERE AND WHEN
The one day conference takes place on November 5th at Arundel House, Temple Place, London.
Check out the website for the full list, but here’s a peek through the keyhole at a few speakers who really caught our attention:
SHAMASH ALIDINA (Happier World)
Shamash is the co-founder of the Happier World conference and trains Mindfulness and Kindfulness teachers. He has authored seven books now, including the notoriously well-respected Mindfulness for Dummies.
Shamash is one of the UK’s most well-known mindfulness teachers. For him, mindfulness is a passion that has become a job. Sharing this passion with others so they can feel more peaceful and focused makes him a very happy man. But how did he get here?
You can read his fascinating story here.
NIPUN MEHTA (ServiceSpace)
Nipun is the founder of ServiceSpace, an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and the gift-economy. What started as an experiment with four friends in the Silicon Valley has now grown to a global ecosystem of over 500,000 members that has delivered millions of dollars in services for free.
Nipun has an impressive array of awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service, Wavy Gravy’s Humanitarian Award, and the Dalai Lama’s ‘Unsung Hero of Compassion’. In 2015, President Barack Obama appointed him to a Council on Poverty and Inequality. He serves on the advisory boards of the Seva Foundation, the Dalai Lama Foundation and the Greater Good Science Centre.
Nipun is routinely invited to share his message of ‘giftivism’ to wide ranging audiences, from inner city youth in Memphis, to academics in London, and to international dignitaries at the UN; his speech at Pennsylvania University’s commencement in May 2012 was read by millions. You may be one of the millions of people inspired by his compelling TEDx talks.
MARK WILLIAMSON (Action for Happiness)
Dr Mark Williamson has been Director of Action for Happiness since October 2010. He has taken it from an idea on paper to a mass participation movement with tens of thousands of members and a whole heap of activities. He has a long-standing interest in happiness and wellbeing and is passionate about creating a balanced, collaborative society that focuses less on consumption and material wealth and more on helping people and communities thrive.
Since overseeing the launch of Action for Happiness in 2011, Mark has engaged with a vast range of organisations, projects and people on the topics of happiness, wellbeing and resilience. He has overseen the development of all Action for Happiness resources and activities and has spoken regularly on related topics at events and conferences across the UK – and around the world.
We like his quote ‘The best things in life aren’t things’ – and we really enjoyed this interview.
LORI DESCHENE (Tiny Buddha)
Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love.
Tiny Buddha is about reflecting on simple wisdom and learning new ways to apply it to our complex lives – complete with responsibilities, struggles, dreams, and relationships. Founded in 2009, Tiny Buddha has emerged as a leading resource for peace and happiness, with an impressive following of close to three million monthly readers.
SANDERSON JONES (Sunday Assembly)
Sunday Assembly is a non-religious gathering co-founded by Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans in London in 2013. The gathering is mostly for non-religious people who want a similar communal experience to a religious church (although religious people are also welcome).
Stand-up comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans started the first Sunday Assembly in North London in January 2013 as they “both wanted to do something like church but without God”. The first event was attended by over 300 people and was held in a deconsecrated church in Islington. As numbers have grown, meetings have since been held in Conway Hall. You can go to Sunday Assembly twice a month, where you’ll find around 600 other people!
In October 2013, Sunday Assembly started an Indiegogo campaign that raised £33,668 out of a £500,000 goal to fund building a digital platform to help grow the organisation, which was being promoted through a 40-day comedy tour. The platform is designed to help provide a resource for people wishing to set up their own assembly and to connect with each other.
RUTH ROGERS (Body Gossip)
Ruth is a social entrepreneur nurturing and facilitating community, creativity and happiness. She is the owner and director of The Canvas Cafe (just turned 2 years old, happy birthday!) as well as the founder and director of Body Gossip – which she founded in 2006. Ruth produces all of the Body Gossip theatre shows and short films, and is responsible for the day to day running of the charity.
The Canvas Cafe is a cafe and creative venue in East London that hosts workshops, live arts events and ongoing debate. The Canvas Cafe is also home to Body Gossip workshops and theatre events.
Ruth is also an actress and puppeteer (amongst other claims to fame, she operated Joey’s Head in ‘War Horse’ in the West End.)
Finally, to close this blog post – a quote from the Dalai Lama which, as usual, rings very clear and true.
“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
We look forward to seeing you!