Nic Marks Flash Video

Nic Marks' journey started at Cambridge, studying Management and Maths, followed by Operations Research, Change Agent Skills & Strategies, and finally Psychotherapy. His love of using applied statistics to ground well-being and happiness in hard evidence has led to worldwide acclaim and the realization that happiness is a serious business.

Nic Marks thinks quality of life is measurable, and that true contentment comes not from the accumulation of material wealth but from our connections with others, engagement with the world, and a sense of autonomy. This isn't just theory: a pioneer in the field of well-being research, Marks creates statistical methods to measure happiness, analyzing and interpreting the evidence so that it can be applied to such policy fields as education, sustainable development, healthcare, and economics.

At times of economic struggle, the topic of innovation - and doing the best we can with what we've got - is key, and Nic threads the business case through the web of well-being, enlightening organizations from the World Development Movement to the OECD and Coca Cola. Accolades include Director Magazine Top 10 Original Thinker and Forbes 7 Most Powerful Ideas 2011.

In 2001 Nic founded the Centre for Well-being at the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and went on to produce groundbreaking work including the National Accounts of Well-being (2009), the Five Ways to Well-being (2009) and the Happy Planet Index (2006, 2009, 2012). The international interest was so great that the website crashed and TED approached Nic to speak at the prestigious 2010 TEDGlobal Conference at Oxford University. The results made headlines: People in the world's wealthiest countries, who consume the most of the planet's resources, don't come out on top in terms of well-being. Which raised the question: What purpose does unfettered economic growth serve?

Nic has also worked as a government advisor for the UK Office for Science and written over 20 publications. In 2011 he authored the TEDbook "A Happiness Manifesto". Nic is a board member at Action for Happiness, a NEF fellow, and the Founding Director of Happiness Works - an exciting venture focused on designing and building tools to facilitate happier workplaces. He also works closely with Delivering Happiness - a US social business set up by Tony Hsieh (who took from almost no sales to over $1 billion based on the founding principle of happy employees). The Wall Street Journal covered Nic's Happiness at Work survey.

Nic enjoys tailoring his speaking work to specific topics - a range of which includes 'Happiness doesn't have to cost the earth', innovation, change management and leadership. As Jill Matheson (The National Statistician) says, "Nic's enthusiasm and ability to communicate in a clear and lively way, has helped raise the debate from a technical discussion between academics to one which is grabbing the attention of a wide audience across the world."

  • A Happier Way of Life
  • Happiness is a Serious Business
  • Measuring Progress, from Quantity to Quality
  • Happiness Doesn't Have to Cost the Earth
  • Five Ways to Happiness
  • The Happy Planet Index

Attitude, Balance, Change, Leadership, Psychology, Relationships
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