“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
If there’s one thing we all want, it’s happiness, not just for ourselves, but also for the people we love—and while we’re at it, for the world at large.
We want to feel at peace with ourselves, content with our circumstances, and fulfilled in our relationships and work. And we want to live in a world with less division, suffering, and destruction and more love, compassion, and connection.
As we get update after update about shootings, bombings, and other tragedies, we all dream of living in a happier world—one where no one has to feel oppressed or depressed, where everyone has the ability to live a life free from unnecessary struggle and full of possibility.
I personally believe that creating a happier world starts with creating a happier self, and that’s what I plan to talk about at the Happier World Conference in London on November 5th: how we can simultaneously meet our own needs while making a positive difference.
More specifically, I plan to share what this has looked like for me as I’ve grown and evolved since launching Tiny Buddha in 2009, and my top lessons for anyone who wants to help other people, and themselves, through their work.
I don’t get involved in a lot of live events. In fact, I haven’t been involved in a conference for over five years because I’m not a huge fan of crowds or public speaking. But I couldn’t say no when I received an email from one of the event founders, Tiny Buddha contributor Chi Phan, because I know the world badly needs events like these.
We need to engage in conversations about how we can be happier people and also do our part, however big or small, to make the world a safer, happier place.
If you live in the London area or plan to be visiting around November 5th, I hope you’ll consider joining us for this powerful event.
The Speakers and Workshop Leaders
The conference will feature talks and workshops from:
- Nipun Mehta, founder of ServiceSpace, an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology, and gift-economy
- Shamash Aldina, co-founder of the Museum of Happiness, a non-profit organization creating physical spaces for people to explore the art and science of happiness
- Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness, an organization that helps people take action for a happier and more caring world
- James Doty, a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine
- Sanderson Jones, co-founder and CEO of Sunday Assembly, a worldwide network of secular congregations that celebrate life through talks, comedy, and songs
- Matthew Oates, a well-known broadcaster and ecologist who works to strengthen people’s relationships with nature, in mind and matter, in town and country
- Janne Willems, founder of Seize Your Moments, who collects beautiful moments to discover what happiness looks like across the globe
- Victoria Johnson, co-founder of the Museum of Happiness, who has spent the past five years working for UK’s leading youth and community charity NCS The Challenge
- Ruth Rogers, founder of positive body image charity Body Gossip and social enterprise cafe and creative venue The Canvas Cafe
- Carlos Saba, co-founder of The Happy Startup School, which helps fledgling startups and newbie digital entrepreneurs go from “Lightbulb to Launch” and find a way to turn their passion into profits
- Naveen Rabelli, Indian electrical engineer who is passionate about making the world a better place—environmentally, socially, and economically
What to Expect
- Reconnecting with yourself
- Redesigning organizations
- Rethinking our relationship with the world
The Happier World Conference will take place on Saturday, November 5th, at Arundel House in London. Your ticket will include a light breakfast, a finger-food lunch and refreshments throughout the day, all vegetarian fare.
After breakfast at 8:30, the conference will commence with a series of high-quality talks in the morning.
After lunch, there will be three to four workshops covering topics such as giftivism, compassion, living consciously, gratitude, sustainability and much more.
The day will finish with “open space”—an opportunity to bring your own topics, start a dialogue, and build small communities to explore and take action.
All profits will benefit the Museum of Happiness.
I hope to see you there!
About Lori Deschene
Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. To strengthen your relationships, get her new book, Tiny Buddha’s 365 Tiny Love Challenges. For inspiring posts and wisdom quotes, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter & Facebook.
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