Rich Pierson and Andy Puddicombe, Co-Founders of meditation and mindfulness app, Headspace
When advertising industry executive, Rich Pierson met Andy Puddicombe, an ordained Buddhist monk, recently returned from Tibet, they agreed to do a skills swap. Rich wanted to find a more peaceful, fulfilling path and Andy wanted to share his life-affirming learnings with the world, so Andy taught Rich meditation, while Rich educated Andy on the essentials of brand development and marketing.
Together they created a vision for bringing meditation to people everywhere. Headspace now reaches a community of more than 45 million members in 190 countries, and continues to pursue its mission of improving happiness and health around the world.
At this event the two co-founders will talk about their journey, their goals and why what they do is so important for us all.
The breakfast will be held on site at the CogX festival in the Kings Cross/Granary Square area. Those attending will have full access to the day’s events at CogX.
Erling Kagge is a Norwegian explorer who was the first in history to reach the ‘three poles’ – North, South and the summit of Everest. In 1993 he became the first person ever to walk alone to the South Pole.
His first book, Silence, was published in 37 languages. His latest book is a breathtakingly beautiful, quietly life-changing celebration of walking.
Based in Norway, Erling searches for moments of silence amongst noisy family life and works as a writer and publisher. He is also an avid art collector.
Marc Brackett founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health.
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. Its founding director is Marc Brackett, whose research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance.
Hear Marc talk about practical ways in which we can develop our emotional intelligence and put it to work to improve our lives and those of others.
Most of the things we want from life are governed by our ability to think, feel and act – in other words, our brain.
In her new book, The Source, Tara Swart presents a guide to life that combines science and spirituality in a way that is open-minded and practical. She provides four steps and various exercises to wake up your brain and unlock its full potential. Her methods include using visualisation techniques, trusting the value of intuition and finding ways to rewire your neural pathways to make lasting changes in behaviour.
Creating psychological safety in the workplace for learning, innovation and growth
According to a 2017 Gallup poll, only three in ten employees, believe their opinions count at work. Even if a company hires creative individuals, innovative ideas will never have a chance unless people are encouraged to speak out without fear of being discounted or demeaned.
Drawing on 20 years of research and field work, Amy Edmondson sheds light on the crucial workplace factor of psychological safety: what it is (and isn’t); how it affects employee performance in wide-ranging organizations at every level; and what business leaders need to do to build it—and get it back when it’s lost.
Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships.
Fluent in nine languages, she helms a therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED Talks have garnered more than 20 million views and her international bestseller, Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, became a global phenomenon translated into 25 languages.
Her newest book is the New York Times bestseller, The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. Esther is also an executive producer and host of the award-winning podcast, Where Should We Begin?
Dennis Stevenson, Founder, and Cynthia Joyce, CEO, of MQ: Transforming Mental Health
Mental health problems have reached epidemic proportions in the UK and globally, especially amongst young people. Many of us have direct experience of this problem, though not all are as willing to discuss it – or do something about it – as Dennis (Lord) Stevenson who openly admitted 20 years ago that he suffers from episodic clinical depression.
At this event we’ll hear from Dennis about his experience and motivation also from Cynthia Joyce, CEO of MQ: Transforming Mental Health, the mental health research foundation that Dennis founded to understand, treat and ultimately prevent mental health problems, especially amongst the young.