We want to explore what kinds of collective psychological issues matter most for politics. What we should be aiming to achieve, and what success looks like. And above all, what approaches offer most potential for treating the wounds that threaten to tear us apart just at the moment we need to come together.
Alex Evans, founder
Alex Evans is the author of The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough? (Penguin, 2017), a book about the power of deep stories to overcome political polarisation and unlock systemic social and political change.
Until March 2018, he was a Campaign Director at Avaaz, the 47 million member global citizens’ movement, where he spent most of his time running its Brexit campaign and also ran work on tax havens, and human rights.
He’s previously been a special adviser to two UK Cabinet ministers, a policy expert in the UN Secretary-General’s office, and a research fellow for organisations from the Brookings Institution to the US National Intelligence Council.
Alex lives in North Yorkshire with his wife, two kids, and one dog, and likes meditating, running, and repairing old mechanical watches.
Kate is focused on field building and place-based activities across the Collective Psychology Project’s agenda. Her recent career has been dedicated to exploring ways to bridge disciplinary and demographic divides, build social capital, nurture innovation and help drive momentum for positive change. She is the founder of The Hot Breakfast, a hub that connects and supports inspiring Londoners; and speaks, writes and hosts events around the subjects of connectivity, power dynamics, community growth, collaboration and impact.
Kate began her career as a corporate finance lawyer in the City before moving into the sustainability sector, where she worked for a number of NGOs and start-ups. She lives in London, delights in the weird and wonderful, and tries to practise Buddhism.
Huge thanks to our brilliant network of advisors who’ve helped to shape the Project so far including:
Helen Goulden, CEO, the Young Foundation
Johann Hari, Author
Gemma Mortensen, Co-founder, More In Common
Susie Orbach, Psychotherapist
Ricken Patel, CEO, Avaaz
Cassie Robinson, Head of Digital Grantmaking, the National Lottery Community Fund
Ella Saltmarshe, Co-founder, the Comms Lab
Will Somerville, UK Program Director, Unbound Philanthropy
Louisa Tomlinson, Psychotherapist
Louis Weinstock, Psychotherapist
Ivor Williams, Senior Designer, the Helix Centre