Over the summer some members of the NOW team attended the Leading Wellbeing Research Festival hosted and organised by the University of Cumbria’s Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) in partnership with the Brathay Trust. The Festival took place in a beautiful natural setting, on the edge of Lake Windermere in Cumbria, at Brathay Hall. Around 200 participants attended the Festival from all over the world, and enjoyed a combination of presentations, research papers, open groups and panel discussions about how we can lead on sustainability and wellbeing. During the event, the NOW team filmed and interviewed some of the speakers. Below you can find a summary of all videos filmed at the Festival.
Firstly, to give you a flavour of the inspiring experience of being at the Leading Wellbeing Festival you can check out the event summary video we shared below.
One of the video interviews we did at the conference was with one of the main Leading Wellbeing Festival organisers, Jem Bendell, who is Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria (UK). In this interview Jem explains the innovative approach taken to organising the event: “The Leading Wellbeing International Research Festival was inspired by the idea that we can look at the most difficult challenges of our time in a way that’s not dull, not tough, not depressing; that actually, we can have fun when asking very difficult questions”.
Leading Wellbeing Speaker Interviews
Nandita Das is an actress and Director, active in many social justice projects. She has acted in over 30 feature films in ten different languages, working with many eminent Directors. In this interview Nandita speaks about a range of issues, including wellbeing, social justice, gender equality and the role of cinema in social change.
Charlotte Millar is co-founder of the Finance Innovation Lab. Charlotte's background is on leading system change strategies, which she has done for 10 years, with a range of organisations including WWF-UK and the European Academy of Business in Society. In this interview Charlotte shares her views on a range of topics, from wellbeing in the workplace, to women in leadership.
Charles Eisenstein is a public speaker, a self-described "degrowth activist", and the author of several books including The Ascent of Humanity (2007), Sacred Economics (2011), and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (2013). In this interview Charles argues how important acknowledging interconnection - to each other and to Nature - is for our own sense of wellbeing.
Jo Confino worked as The Guardian's Executive Editor for 22 years, has recently moved on to join the Huffington Post as Executive Editor of the new Impact and Innovation department. In this interview Jo discusses the need for change in our current system. He highlights how it's important to work together to create positive change towards a world more focused on wellbeing and sustainability.
Anna Zegna is Presidient of the Zegna Foundation. The Zegna Group is an Italian global fashion brand and its philanthropic Foundation operates international humanitarian initiatives, environmental conservation and sustainable development projects, medical and scientific research, and education and training for young people. In this interview Anna shares her views on the connections between wellbeing and business, reflecting on the importance of creating shared vision and values.
Ed Gillespie is an environmental entrepreneur, author, and co-founder of Futerra, one of the first specialist sustainability communications agencies. In this interview Ed shares his views on the links between sustainability, wellbeing and leadership.
NOW would like to thank the team at IFLAS and Brathay for organising such an outstanding event committed to moving forward thinking and action on leadership, wellbeing and sustainability.
All videos shared above were produced for NOW by Opus Earth Production; huge thanks to all those involved.