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Happy and Green: Connecting Sustainability and Wellbeing

Thursday 4th February 2016

London Transport Museum

2-5pm (with networking and drinks from 5 - 6pm)

'Our own happiness is short-lived if we achieve wellbeing for our generation at the environmental expense of future generations.’ Happy Museum Project

The Happy Museum would be delighted if you could join us at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, London for 'Happy and Green: Connecting Sustainability and Wellbeing' . We invite you to draw out the connections between Sustainability and Wellbeing in support of individual, institutional and societal resilience – and the particular role that culture can play, along with leading thinkers from fields of policy and practice; public sector and private sector; economics, social change, community, museums and the wider arts and cultural sector. 

Together we will explore the growing case for linking wellbeing and sustainability; highlight the particular role of museums and cultural institutions and consider how a focus on wellbeing measurement might affect public policy. 
The Happy Museum looks at how the museum sector can contribute to a sustainable future, by fostering wellbeing that doesn’t cost the Earth. With funding from the Arts Council,  it has recently launched a five-year study to explore how museums shift public engagement, knowledge and values around active citizenship and stewardship of Earth, gathering evidence and data as we go. 

We’re delighted to announce our Guest Speakers for the event:

  • Lord Gus O’Donnell - Chairman of Frontier Economics, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the British Civil Service from 2005-20011, Honorary Fellow of the British Academy and Chair of the Behavioural Insights Team Advisory Board at the Cabinet Office, Chair of the Legatum’s Institute’s influential 2014 report on Wellbeing and Policy and Co-author of Global Apollo Programme report. Knighted in 2005, Gus was appointed to the House of Lords in 2012, sitting as a crossbencher.
  • Maria Amidu, visual artist interested in social relationships, commonality and the language we use to connect; graduate of the Royal School of Art developing site-specific projects and residencies with, amongst others, The Houses of Parliament, Turner Contemporary, People United, National Maritime Museum, V&A and the Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital.
  • Rob Hopkins - Co-founder of Transition Network, a network of grassroots community approaches to sustainability worldwide, author of The Power of Just Doing Stuff , The Transition Handbook and 21 Stories of Transition, recently presented in Paris to decision-makers at COP21. In 2012 he was voted one of the Independent's top 100 environmentalists and one of ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals’. He is one of the founders of New Lion Brewery in Totnes and a Director of Atmos Totnes, an ambitious community-led development project.
  • Tony Butler, is Executive Director of Derby Museums which includes Derby Silk Mill, the site of the world’s first factory and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Derby Museum and Art Gallery. From 2015 he will oversee the £17m redevelopment of the Silk Mill as Derby’s Museum of Making.  Prior to that, Tony was director of the Museum of East Anglian Life for nine years. In 2011 he founded the Happy Museum Project, to create an international community of practice to explore how museums could contribute to a society in which wellbeing and environmental sustainability were its principle values. 

Lucy Neal OBE, theatremaker and author of Playing for Time - Making Art As If The World Mattered, will chair the event.
London Transport Museum have kindly offered free entry to the Museum for event guests.  If you would like to visit before the event, please email us to let us know and we will arrange.  

Please note the Museum closes at 5pm.  
You are also warmly invited to join us for networking and drinks after the event, from 5 to 6pm

Book your place here