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Alex Evans, founder

Alex founded the Collective Psychology Project in 2018. He 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, and a Senior Fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. Until March 2018, he was a Campaign Director at Avaaz, the 50 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 trashy thrillers.

Partners 

Jules Evans

Jules works with CPP on small group design and mental health research. Jules is an author, broadcaster and community organizer. He is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary University of London. He is part of the Wellcome-funded Living with Feeling project, which researches the history, philosophy and psychology of well-being, and is also part of the Wellcome-supported WHO Cultural Contexts of Health project. He is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (2012), which was a Times book of the year, and also The Art of Losing Control (2017) and Breaking Open (2020).

 

Casper ter Kuile

Casper co-authored CPP’s report This To Shall Pass on Covid-19 and collective grief. Casper is the is the co-founder of Sacred Design Lab, a research and design consultancy working to create a culture of belonging and becoming, and is a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. He’s the author of The Power of Ritual (HarperCollins, 2020), which demonstrates how everyday habits can become soulful practices that create meaning, connection and joy. Casper co-hosts the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and previously co-founded activist training organization Campaign Bootcamp and the UK Youth Climate Coalition.

 

Kate Pumphrey

Kate works with CPP on field building and small group design. 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 before moving into the sustainability sector.

 

Ivor Williams

Ivor co-authored CPP’s report This To Shall Pass on Covid-19 and collective grief. Ivor is a designer, developing new ways of thinking about and experiencing dying, death and loss in the 21st century. He leads the End-of-Life Care group at the Institute of Global Health Innovation within Imperial College London. He is a visiting lecturer at Imperial College London, and was visiting professor of Information Design at the University of Venice from 2014–2016. In 2018, he was named a New Radical by innovation foundation Nesta for “pioneering a human-centric approach to the experience of dying, bereavement and grief”.

 

Funders

We are very grateful for the support we’ve received from our funding partners: the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, Global Dialogue, and the Avaaz Foundation.