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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 10th Sep 2012

The Tabernacle

7pm

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Nic Marks

Nic Marks

Nic Marks is a pioneer in the field of well-being research, creating statistical methods to measure happiness, and analyzing and interpreting the evidence so that it can be applied to such policy fields as education, sustainable development, healthcare, and economics. He holds a primary degree in Mathematics and Management Studies from Cambridge University, a Master’s degree in Operational Research from Lancaster University and a postgraduate diploma in Change Agent Skills and Strategies from the Human Potential Research Group at the University of Surrey. In the 1990s he qualified and worked as a psychotherapist and then an organisational change consultant. The founder of the Centre for Well-Being, an independent think tank at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), in London, Marks is particularly keen to promote a balance between sustainable development and quality of life. To investigate this, he devised the Happy Planet Index, a global index of human well-being and environmental impact.

Mary Killen

Mary Killen

Modern manners leave a lot to be desired. In How The Queen Can Make You Happy Mary Killen, etiquette expert, mixes wit and polemic to make the case for civilised conduct - based on the ultimate role model, HM the Queen. In the year of her diamond jubilee, Mary argues that the Queen represents the best of British behaviour - which is why she is held in such high esteem around the world.

Now you can use examples from her own life to navigate life s social complexities with ease and good grace. Entries include: How to manage difficult pets; How to deal with bores; How to address an insult; How to dress properly ...and many more. Examining such under-rated virtues as discretion, politeness and kindness, How The Queen Can Make You Happy is a humorous celebration of long-held British values in an age where discretion is not generally the better part of value. Never mind the curtsey, where's the courtesy?

Dr Tali Sharot

Dr Tali Sharot

Dr Tali Sharot is a Wellcome Trust fellow at UCL with an interest in how motivation and emotion shape human judgment, memory and action. Her recent book THE OPTIMISM BIAS is an investigation into the bias toward optimism that exists on a neural level in our brains and plays a major part in determining how we live our lives. Psychologists have long been aware that most people maintain an often irrationally positive outlook on life. In fact, optimism may be crucial to our existence.

Philippa Perry

Philippa Perry

Philippa Perry is a psychotherapist, writer and broadcaster. She contributes to the Guardian and is Red Magazine’s Agony Aunt. Her most recent book about how to make the most of your relationships, especially those with your children is a Sunday Times number one bestseller, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read. She’ll be talking about how we have relationships with our children, what gets in the way of a good connection and what can enhance it, how we were brought up and how that has a bearing on how we parent, as well as the mistakes will make – especially those we never wanted to make – and what to do about them.

A.C. Grayling

A.C. Grayling

Anthony Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He has written and edited over twenty books on philosophy and other subjects. For several years he wrote the "Last Word" column for the Guardian newspaper and now writes a column for the Times. He is a frequent contributor to the Literary Review, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Times Literary Supplement, Index on Censorship and New Statesman, and is an equally frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service. He is a past chairman of June Fourth, a human rights group concerned with China, and is a representative to the UN Human Rights Council for the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, the Patron of the United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association, a patron of Dignity in Dying, and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.