Alex Evans

Founder of the Collective Psychology Project in England, United Kingdom

Alex Evans

Founder of the Collective Psychology Project in England, United Kingdom

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I'm Alex Evans and I run a thing called the Collective Psychology Project, which is about how we can use psychology to reduce political tribalism and build the common ground and shared purpose we need to tackle issues like climate change and mass extinction.

In 2017 I wrote a book called "The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren't Enough?" which is about the power of deep stories to unlock transformational change. There's a summary on BBC Focus here, an Economist review here, and you can buy it here.

I've been a Senior Fellow at New York University's Center on International Cooperation since 2006, and have also had my work published by think tanks including Brookings in the US and Chatham House in the UK.

Until March 2018, I was a Campaign Director at Avaaz, the 50 million member global citizens' movement, where I led campaigns on areas like Brexit, tax havens, and human rights in Turkey and Yemen.

I've done two stints in the UN Secretary-General's office - one as part of the team that organised the first ever head of government level climate summit in 2007, and the other as the writer for the UN High-level Panel on Global Sustainability in 2010. From 2003 to 2006 I was Special Adviser to Hilary Benn at the UK Department for International Development.

I live with my wife Emma, our two kids, a dog, and a cat in a little cottage on a hilltop in Yorkshire.