WHO

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 ran 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.

Iris Andrews, associate

Iris Andrews is a campaign, communications and cultural strategist, creative producer, facilitator and change-maker, who specialises in working at the nexus of culture and policy.

She has over a decade’s experience devising and implementing creative interventions to move the needle on major social and environmental challenges – whether with the world’s leading NGOs and businesses, artists and influencers, or tiny grassroots groups.

Iris has consulted for organisations including Doc Society, Participant Media, the European Climate Foundation, and the Advaya Initiative, and has previously worked at organisations including Purpose, SHEvotes, and Greenpeace.

Advisory Board

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

Funders

Vast thanks too to our founding funding partners: the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, and the Avaaz Foundation.