Newsletter 1: Thanks for all your support
27 Oct 2010 | Richard Layard, Geoff Mulgan, Anthony Seldon
Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up to join us so
far - it's wonderful to have your support. This is a long overdue
update on what's been going on.
Since we first discussed the idea of a Movement for Happiness in
public we have been overwhelmed with support from all over the
world. Over 1,500 people have already joined us from 48 different
countries. It has been truly inspiring to read all the offers of
We're sorry that some of you have had to wait a long time to
hear more about our plans. We've been busy meeting people and
listening to ideas, as well as putting in place some initial
funding and basic office facilities.
We're delighted to announce that we have now appointed an
excellent director, Mark Williamson, to lead our activities. He
started work just a few weeks ago and brings a wonderful range of
skills, experience and ideas. We had over 150 applicants for the
role, many of whom could have done the job. Happily many of them
have also offered to help Mark in his new role.
We now have the exciting challenge of turning all the ideas and
energy into a mass movement for social change. To support this we
are about to start building an interactive website packed with
practical ideas that people can use to make positive changes in
their personal lives, homes, schools, workplaces and
We plan to launch early next year. Within months, our aim is to
have thousands of supporters taking action in groups throughout the
country. Our initial focus will be the UK, but beyond that we hope
to expand to create a global movement.
Before launch we want to see people all over the country taking
actions to help build a happier society which can act as examples
for others to follow. Your support will be invaluable so we would
love you to be involved in this.
If you've already signed up then Mark will contact you very soon
to explain more. If you've yet to sign up then please join us
Yours in hope for a happier society,
Director, Well-being Programme, London School of Economics
Chief Executive, the Young Foundation
Master, Wellington College