Dr Mark Williamson

Director of Action for Happiness

Dr Mark Williamson is Director of Action for Happiness - a movement of people taking action to create a happier and more caring society. It has hundreds of thousands of supporters who are taking action to increase wellbeing in their homes, workplaces, schools and local communities.

Mark is passionate about creating a more balanced, collaborative society that focuses less on consumption and material wealth and more on the things that really lead to flourishing lives. His expertise in the area of happiness and wellbeing includes workplaces, community groups, families, schools and policy. He has advised major multi-national companies, public sector organisations, SMEs, charities, research groups and policy bodies. He is invited to speak regularly on related topics at events around the world.

Prior to Action for Happiness, Mark had a diverse range of experience across private and non-profit sectors, from start-ups through to large multi-national companies. He was previously a Director at the Carbon Trust, non-executive director of Solar Press and founder of online initiative What You Can Do. Before that, Mark spent nine years as a management consultant at Accenture, leading a wide range of projects relating to strategy, technology and change management. He has also worked for Hewlett Packard Labs and Orange. He holds an MBA from IMD business school in Switzerland, and a PhD in Electronics and Communications from the University of Bristol. He is a Sainsbury Management Fellow, a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Directors.
Have More Conversations That

Have More Conversations That Matter

<img alt="bmm banner.jpg" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4815860/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> Our conversations about the wider world are often framed with negativity - whether it's about terrorist threats, disasters, corrupt politicians or school bullying. But the world is also full of inspiring stories of hope, progress and generosity - and by choosing to focus on these, we again open up the space for very different conversations. As Alain de Botton said, "the secret to a good conversation is sharing our vulnerabilities and dreams". So let's have more conversations that matter.
07/11/2016 17:12 GMT
Your Happiness Is Part of Something

Your Happiness Is Part of Something Bigger

The International Day of Happiness will be more than just a fun celebration, it will also help to remind us all that the world is a better place when we connect with and care about the people around us.
18/03/2015 13:49 GMT
Wise Advice That Changed My

Wise Advice That Changed My Life

Advice. We're bombarded with it every day - from magazines and adverts to well-meaning friends and colleagues. But only very rarely do we find advice that is life-changing. In recent years, three pieces of advice stand out as having a particularly positive and lasting impact on my life.
04/07/2014 16:52 BST
It's Time to Reclaim

It's Time to Reclaim Happiness

Everywhere we look the story is the same: buy and achieve these things and then you'll be happy. But remember, you'll then need to keep getting more in order to stay happy and keep up with your peers. And if they start to get ahead then just keep consuming! On and on we go in a mindless and seemingly endless cycle.
14/03/2014 16:38 GMT
Less Technology, More

Less Technology, More Happiness?

"Please put your phone down Daddy, we haven't finished the story!". Hearing these heartfelt words from my four year old daughter was an uncomfortable wake up call. How had I let the shiny electronic box in my hand take so much of my attention that it could even interrupt a short bedtime story with my precious children?
17/10/2013 09:54 BST
Improving Wellbeing Should Be Our Global

Improving Wellbeing Should Be Our Global Priority

People's daily experiences and concerns differ enormously around the world. While a farmer in Angola prays for a good harvest, a manager in Greece worries about losing her job. And while a mother in Egypt comes to terms with life in a conflict zone, a doctor in Denmark struggles with work-related stress.
09/09/2013 13:12 BST
Good News, We're Slightly Happier... But

Good News, We're Slightly Happier... But Why?

How satisfied are you with your life? It's a question we've probably all pondered at times. But for the last two years it's also been one of a handful of new "subjective wellbeing" questions which the Office for National Statistics has been asking people all over the UK.
31/07/2013 10:46 BST
My Manifesto for a Happier

My Manifesto for a Happier World

My 12-step manifesto for a happier world calls for change not just from our leaders but from all of us. I'm not pretending these are simple changes or can happen overnight. But if we were to put these ideas into practice I'm certain we could create a society which is not only happier, but also more productive, caring, fair, responsible and sustainable.
15/03/2013 01:08 GMT