Activism & Leadership, Health & Wellbeing
Alex Nunn: Radical Wellbeing
Video with Alex Nunn on Tuesday 12th February 2019
This talk was given at Radical Wellbeing, a collaboration between Network of Wellbeing and Advaya on 12 February 2019
About Alex Nunn: Head of Movement building at Action for Happiness.
Alex Nunn is a communicator, facilitator and movement builder who cares deeply about happiness and social change. He has worked with Action for Happiness, the worldwide movement for a happier and more caring society since 2014, and currently leads the flagship Exploring What Matters programme - bringing people together in communities to tune-in, connect and take action.
Growing up in precarious circumstances Alex had his social-change spark ignited at an early age, working in campaigning and political communications before an ‘ah-ha’ moment led him to investigate initiatives leveraging positive emotional states for good (i.e. let’s contribute positively to solutions, not just struggle against problems).
Alex is also a practising Buddhist, student of Vietnamese Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh and an active member of the connected international youth movement Wake Up.
bout the event:
We are living in rapidly changing times. How can we take radical action to better care for the world, while also caring for ourselves?
An event by Network of Wellbeing (NOW) and Advaya Initiative in partnership with Action for Happiness with an inspiring panel of change-makers. Together we explored what mindfulness, wellbeing and happiness have to do with changing the world.
Asad Rehman (War on Want)
Shamash Alidina (Museum of Happiness)
Alex Nunn (Action for Happiness)
Kara Moses (Rewild Everything)
Paula Haddock (Mindfulness for Social Change)
In today’s world, we are learning more about what can help us to create truly thriving lives and societies, and many people and projects are working towards more positive visions of the future. Yet alongside this, there are so many social, political and environmental challenges facing us that it can feel overwhelming. It can be hard not to become frustrated, demotivated and hopeless.
Through the evening we asked:
- How can we sustain our activism in the long term?
- How can we maintain the strength to confront the problems of the world, and build new ways of doing things that are better for people and planet?
- What role do practices and topics such as mindfulness, wellbeing and happiness have to do with activism and changing the world?