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 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. Our report A Larger Us is here (there's also a summary article here).

I'm also the cofounder of the Long Crisis Network, a network of changemakers in government, business and civil society focused on Covid19 and the long crisis of globalisation. (Read our launch report Shooting the Rapids here, or check out our scenarios on Covid19 futures here.)

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, and an Economist review here. (Or you can buy it here!)

I'm a Senior Fellow at NYU's Center on International Cooperation, 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.

I've done various stints as a political adviser, including as special adviser to two UK Cabinet ministers back when Labour was in power, as a climate expert in the UN Secretary-General's office, and as a member of the Ethiopian delegation to the 2015 Paris climate summit.

I live with my wife Emma, our two kids, a dog, and a cat in a little cottage on a hilltop in North Yorkshire, and like Crossfit, progressive house music, and long walks on the moors looking for neolithic rock art.