How can we create a happier world for ourselves and others? Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we co-hosted a talk from wellbeing pioneer Nic Marks on this topic in Exeter earlier this month. Nic shared his wealth of experience exploring this question, from his early work on the Happy Planet Index and the Five Ways to Wellbeing, to his more recent engagement with happiness in the workplace. You can watch this inspiring talk in full here, and on Facebook Live, too.
The “Greatest Hits”
Nic wrote an excellent summary of his talk here, saying:
“Speaking is one of my favourite parts of the work I do and when I do talks like this for the general public, it is particularly delightful. The audience ranged in age from teenagers to octogenarians. To broad audiences, I find it best to give a wide-ranging talk that includes the “Greatest Hits” of all the work I have done over the last 15 years – a sort of expanded version of my 2010 TED talk with the Happy Planet Index, Five Ways to Wellbeing and our new work on Happiness at Work thrown in. Together they cover the ground from personal happiness right through to the happiness of future generations.”
However, what I like very best about these talks are the questions from the audience afterwards. When I am giving the talk itself, I am kind of in my comfort zone. I have my slides and I have my patter. I make my points and tell a few jokey stories along the way (yes, I am afraid I do repeat jokes!). But with the questions afterwards, the audience and I get to go ‘off-piste’”. You can read more about how Nic responded to audience questions, particularly on the power of gratitude, here.
It was brilliant to also stream Nic's talk through Facebook Live! This was the first time we have live streamed one of our talks and it was great to have a live audience watching. Hundreds of people have watched the livestream video and it was so great to know that in addition to the nearly 200 people who joined us face-to-face in Exeter, people were able to participate online. We even had people asking questions live to Nic via the livestream, and really loved this sense of wider participation.
We’d love to hear any suggestions you may have for future talks and events, and what types of live content you'd love to see fron the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) - if you have suggestions then please get in touch.
Building Wellbeing Together Weekend
Nic Marks will also be one of they keynote speakers at our groundbreaking Building Wellbeing Together Weekend happening from 22nd-24th September 2017 at Hawkwood Colllege, Stroud, UK. Other speakers include Karen Creavin, Head of Wellbeing Services at Birmingham City Council, positive psychologist Chris Johnstone and Oxfam Senior Economics Researcher Katherine Trebeck. Workshops will be run by a host of leading wellbing organisations too, and the whole weekend will offer a chance to explore how we can all build wellbeing together; in our own lives, in wider society and in harmony with the natural world. There will also be plenty of time to practice mindfulness, get creative and get outdoors in the beautiful venue of Hawkwood College. Find out more here, and if you're keen to join us, you can book your early bird ticket here.
Huge thanks to Nic Marks, to Exeter University and Exeter Community Initiatives for co-hosting this event with us, and to all those who came along. And thank you to those who joined us on Facebook Live too!