Global Happiness: A Futile Dream?
What is happiness? How can we become happier? Just how happy is the world? Is it possible to achieve a high level of happiness for all the citizens of the world?
Join Michael Plant, Professor Lord Richard Layard and Adrian Sell at 6:30 pm on Wednesday 27th February in Oriel College’s Harris Lecture Theatre for a discussion on all of the above. Talks will be followed by Q&A.
Professor Lord Layard is Emeritus Professor of Economics at LSE and co-author of the book ‘Thrive: The power of evidence-based psychological therapies’ with Professor David Clark. He also co-edited the World Happiness report in 2012 and is now best known for his bestselling book ‘Happiness: Lessons from a new science’ which was published in 2011.
Michael Plant researches happiness in the University of Oxford’s philosophy department where is main focus is on how to maximise world happiness. He has wide expertise in the area and is also the co-founder of Hippo, a happiness tracker-trainer app which has been dubbed ‘the fit-bit for your mind’.
Adrian Sell is currently CEO of the charity Basic Needs which pioneers mental health interventions in the developing world. He has over 20 years of experience in the charity, social enterprise, government and private sectors and is passionate about both mental health and international development work and was previously the executive director of the Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP).
This event has been organised by Giving What We Can and Students for Happiness and is free to attend (although please book your place in advance via the link below to avoid disappointment).