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Nic Marks
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United Kingdom
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PROFILE
  • Trailblazer in the field of happiness research: developed the "Happy Planet Index."
  • Over 20 books published, including A Happiness Manifesto.

World-renowned for his research methodology in the field of happiness and wellbeing, Nic Marks’ groundbreaking use of applied statistics to find hard evidence for happiness indexes has led to international recognition and acclaim, and the consensus that “happiness is a serious business.”

Best known for his trailblazing work on the Happy Planet Index—the first global measure of sustainable well-being which envisions a future where “good lives don't have to cost the earth”—as well as National Accounts of Well-being and the Five Ways to Well-being, Marks is the founder of Happiness Works, an organization that facilitates the betterment of work and labor through online utilities and services. Marks is also a fellow of NEF (the New Economics Foundation) as well as a board member of Action for Happiness.

Marks has had over 20 books published, including A Happiness Manifesto, of the three original TEDbooks. He has been named one of Director Magazine’s Top 10 Original Thinkers with the Happy Planet Index making Forbes’ 7 Most Powerful Ideas of 2011. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Independent, WIRED, and The Huffington Post.

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TESTIMONIALS

"Marks urged politicians to pay more attention to life satisfaction over GDP. 'The big message of [the HPI] rankings is that we have to produce a system that makes people happier without costing the Earth,' he said."
Louise Gray, Telegraph

"Nic Marks’ voice, deeply based in research and endowed with unusual creativity, is a rare beacon of hard-earned common sense much needed for the intensifying discussions. Nic is an unusually charming and accessible speaker who manages to truly engage the audience, not least because he is himself unusually credible with his subject."
Director of the open source think tank: milliongenerations.org and organizer of the Club of Amsterdam, 2010, The Netherlands

"Nic Marks is an inspirational speaker, who imparts his extensive knowledge of well-being in an entertaining and engaging style. We have used his services on a number of occasions and have been extremely pleased with the results."
Head of Mental Health Promotion, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

"Nic Marks has an idea worth spreading – that promoting sustainable happiness and well-being should be the aim of nations and people alike. We were very happy at TED to give him a platform to share his worldview which he did with eloquence, passion and charm."
TED Curator

PROGRAMS

In our modern, workday world, we tend to prioritize certain things: money, stability, safety. But where does happiness fit in to this paradigm? Do the things we prioritize lead to happy lives? Well, that depends on where we live and what we do, at least according to Nic Marks, the developer of the Happy Planet Index.

Marks’ work entails measuring global happiness through a metric which takes into account human activity’s effect on the earth, and attempts to facilitate a future wherein human beings can live happily in harmony with the planet.

Marks’ ideas have been called revolutionary and have been lauded worldwide. His talks elaborate on them, as well as the concept of happiness in general: its history, its role in human development, and its relationship to work and labor. Marks takes great care to explain how we can change our lives for our own betterment as well as the betterment of Earth.

A Happier Way of Life

Happiness is a common human aspiration—what can the new emerging science of well-being teach us about how to live happier lives both now and in the future? Nic Marks shows how by understanding the dynamic nature of human well-being it allows us to think about what interventions we can make as individuals, organizations and institutions to create happier lives.

Happiness is a Serious Business

Understanding employees’ well-being and happiness can have serious benefits for organizations. Based upon work carried out for the UK Government Office for Science, Nic Marks presents a dynamic model of organizational well-being that managers can easily understand. Evidence is cited from the latest research into positive psychology and systems theory about how enhancing well-being at work can improve not only the bottom line but also create a more resilient organization

Measuring Progress from Quantity to Quality

How should we understand progress when there are so many global challenges? The economic and political orthodoxy is that if economic growth is increasing, life must be getting better—but is this still true? Today, economic inequalities stubbornly persist both within nations and globally, and climate change looms over our tomorrows. How can we reimagine the progress of nations and the success of organizations? Nic Marks will suggest that we need to not only consider how we can create good lives that don’t cost the earth but also how we can measure progress towards that target.

Happiness Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth

Does thinking about promoting happiness make sense in an unjust unsustainable world? Are there not more serious issues to concentrate on? Nic Marks will argue that it is only by thinking about human well-being and happiness that we will unlock the solutions to the persistent problems we face. Positive emotions, including happiness, have evolved to help human beings grasp opportunities and are directly linked to creativity, innovation and resilience.

Five Ways to Happiness

Nic Marks will present the five ways to well-being and happiness. The five ways were created for the UK Government Office of Science as the mental health equivalent of five-a-day. Simply messaged as an invitation for individuals to take positive actions, they have the potential to positively impact people’s lives whatever their circumstances. The five ways are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. What would be the implications for your life if you did these more? What are the implications for organizations and even policymaking? The five ways open a new way of thinking about how to positively intervene in people’s lives.

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