Eudaimonia! Good ideas for living well

What are latest innovations in wellbeing? What could the gym of the future look like? What can we put into practice now? In partnership with The School of Life, we’ve invited some of the brightest philosophers, psychologists, designers, entrepreneurs and medical professionals – including Charles Leadbeater and Alain de Botton – to discuss how we could live better in 21st century London.

In this TEDx-style event, we'll be exploring our understanding of wellbeing and how this word keeps evolving. We'll look at factors beyond health and fitness, such as social inclusion, employment, our environment, access to healthcare and economic stability.

As pioneers in the wellbeing of London since 1844 our core purpose has always been about the mind, body and spirit – but what does it really mean to live well in the 21st century? And what more could we do? We want to continue to invest in the city's future.

This event launches a longer period of investigation and will be followed up by further activity where we hope to answer these questions and come up with practical solutions.


Charles Leadbeater

What is Eudaimonia to you?

Charles Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments worldwide on innovation strategy.

Alain de Botton

Back to the Future of Being Well

Alain de Botton is a philosopher and writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.' He is also the founder and Chairman of The School of Life.

Anthony Painter

The Financial Aspects of Living Well

Anthony Painter is Director of the Action and Research Centre at the RSA. His work focuses on the impact of new technology on society and reform to public services and public institutions.

Robert Rowland-Smith

Chair - What does it mean to Be Well - in Mind, Body and Spirit?

Robert Rowland-Smith is a philosopher, writer and business consultant. He is a founding faculty member of The School of Life.

Richard Layard, Baron Layard

Panellist - What does it mean to Be Well - in Mind, Body and Spirit?

Richard Layard, Baron Layard is a British labour economist. He has written about the economics of happiness and the importance of non-income variables on aggregate happiness, including mental health.

Nathalie Nahai

Panellist - What does it mean to Be Well - in Mind, Body and Spirit?

Nathalie Nahai is a web psychologist, international speaker and author of the best-selling book, Webs of Influence: The Psychology of Online Persuasion.

Andre Spicer

Panellist - What does it mean to Be Well - in Mind, Body and Spirit?

Andre Spicer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and the founding director of ETHOS: The Centre for Responsible Enterprise at Cass.

Georgie Okell

Mindfulness exercise

Georgie Okell is a personal trainer, fitness instructor and TV and radio presenter. She previously worked for Channel 4 in the UK, hosting shows such as T4 and Freshly Squeezed and more recently worked for Headspace in LA, presenting their podcast Radio Headspace.

Nick Stanhope

Better Eating Through Better Design

Nick Stanhope is CEO of Shift, a social enterprise that designs products and builds social ventures that help solve problems like mental illness, obesity and social isolation.

Dr. Sam Everington

Joined Up Healthcare

Dr. Sam Everington is a GP, former health policy advisor and chair of NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group.

Ivo Gormley

Getting off the Treadmill

Ivo Gormley is the founder of GoodGym, a running club in London with a difference where people meet up to exercise and help their community.

Raheel Mohammed

Muslim Girls Fence - Maslaha

Raheel Mohammed is the founder and director of Maslaha and has recently been profiled as one of Britain’s 50 New Radicals in The Observer newspaper for pioneering creative change to some of society’s most difficult issues.

Latifa Akay

Muslim Girls Fence - Maslaha

Latifa Akay is project manager at the charity Maslaha where she leads on their work around gender equality and Muslim women.

Indy Johar

Panellist - What to do next?

Indy Johar is an architect, co-founder of 00 and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation.

Kieron Boyle

Panellist - What to do next?

Kieron Boyle is the Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. He leads efforts to tackle major health and care challenges, accelerate innovation and act as a catalyst for lasting change in Lambeth and Southwark.

Rosi Prescott

Panellist - What to do next?

Rosi Prescott is Chief Executive at Central YMCA which operates locally, nationally and internationally, raising and tackling issues that confront young people in contemporary society.

Matthew Taylor

Panellist - What to do next?

Matthew Taylor is Chief Executive of the RSA, former Labour politician and former Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research.