Alex Evans

Author, The Myth Gap in England, United Kingdom

Alex Evans

Author, The Myth Gap in England, United Kingdom

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I'm a Senior Fellow at the NYU Center on International Cooperation, currently on sabbatical in Jerusalem.

I'm the author of The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren't Enough? (Penguin, 2017 - available here), a book about the power of deep stories to unlock systemic social and political change and how to address a world of increasing political polarisation. (Summary on BBC Focus here; Economist review here.)

Until March 2018, I was a Campaign Director at Avaaz, where I ran campaigns on areas including Brexit, tax havens, humanitarian assistance, and human rights.

I'm also a long time policy wonk and author of numerous reports and papers on foreign policy, international development, and global governance, published by think tanks like Brookings, Chatham House, and the Center for Global Development.

I'm especially interested in how governments manage a world of transboundary global risks (see e.g. this for Brookings) and how to develop new theories of influence for a world in the behaviour and beliefs of millions of ordinary people shape global issues like climate change, infectious disease, or political extremism (see e.g. this for the UK Foreign Office).

I also have a long standing interest in the global Sustainable Development Goals, which I worked with multiple governments and the UN to help negotiate. I was the lead writer for UN High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (2011), which first proposed SDGs, and later research director for the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development (2016), which brought together CEOs to explore how global companies could help deliver the SDGs.

I have lots of futures experience including as a contributor to the US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends research process and with other organisations (see e.g. this for the NGO ActionAid).

I've also done various stints as a political adviser, including as special adviser to two UK Secretaries of State (Valerie Amos and Hilary Benn) at the Department for International Development (DFID), and as a policy expert in the UN Secretary-General's office.

I am married, have two kids, usually live in North Yorkshire, and enjoy DJing progressive house music, repairing old mechanical watches, meditating, and running. I am currently learning Norwegian and dry stone walling.