Mo Gawdat’s Guide to Stress-Free Living | How To Academy

Thu, 9 May 2024

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm BST

Mo Gawdat’s Guide to Stress-Free Living

With Alice Law

Drawing on the latest neuroscience, the Google [X] tech pioneer, bestselling author and No. 1 podcaster Mo Gawdat is here to help us manage the stress pandemic.

‘Everything he writes is an enlightening education in how to be human.’ – Elizabeth Day

Mo Gawdat spent thirty years as a tech leader, including serving as Chief Business Officer at Google [X], Google’s ‘moonshot’ factory of innovation, before turning his brilliant engineering mind towards the subject of human flourishing, meeting and learning from the world’s wisest people. Inspired by and in honour of the tragic death of his son Ali, Mo poured his learnings into the international bestseller Solve for Happy, where he shared a formula for happiness that can be learned and adopted by all.

Now he returns to How To Academy with collaborator Alice Law to take a deep dive into the science of managing chronic stress. Mo and Alice sincerely believe that chronic stress is not an inevitable and unavoidable part of modern life, but a predictable – and therefore preventable – response, often as much to do with negative thought patterns as external circumstances.

In this live event, Mo will explain how he made it through the most acutely stressful times in his own life, and touches on the idea of post-traumatic growth – both on a personal level and in response to huge events that affected all of us, such as the COVID pandemic and subsequent economic turmoil.

This is an unmissable chance to build up the skills to manage stress no matter your circumstances, backed by neuroscience and accessible psychology.

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Mo Gawdat

Former Chief Business Officer at Google [X] and Bestselling Author

Mo Gawdat is the former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], entrepreneur and bestselling author of Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy. Mo joined Google in 2007 to kickstart business in emerging markets and in 2013 moved to the infamous innovation arm of the tech giant, Google [X]. Google [X] aims to develop new technologies to reinvent the way that things are in the world and has led to seemingly Sci-Fi ideas such as Google Life Sciences and Project Loon, which aims to provide high-speed internet to every inch of our planet through the use of high altitude balloons.

Alice Law

Stress Management Expert

Alice Law is a Stress Management Consultant, Speaker and Host of the Podcast Unstressable with Alice Law. She has worked internationally with a multitude of private clients and large organisations, to help them to both manage and prevent stress, so that they can reach their greatest potential.

Her own unique perspective on stress came when she dealt with chronic stress in her twenties for a prolonged period, after experiencing loss in every area of her life all at once. Studying stress from different angles to pull herself through this challenging time, she went on to become a Reiki Master, Meditation Teacher, Mindfulness Practitioner, EFT Practitioner & Akashic Healing Practitioner. From her own experience, formal training & ever-evolving self-study, she discovered her most effective process to not just manage stress and anxiety but to prevent it going forward. Working holistically with the mind, heart, body and soul, Alice’s unique approach to stress combines emotional & mental processing, with intuitive energetics to get results. Having lost her own father to stress related illness, it is now her mission to help as many people as possible to dis-identify from stress and to come back to their natural state of calm.

Together with Mo Gawdat she co-founded Unstressable LLP which aims to take a million people a year out of stress through their online wellness membership, speaking engagements and book.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.