The Conscious Business World Summit – Jan 8-12, 2018

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Following her hugely successful career with BBC television as an interviewer and comedian, Ruby Wax turned her attention to the study of psychotherapy and neuroscience, graduating from Oxford University in 2013 with a Masters degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She is also an Alumna and Honorary Senior Fellow of Regents University Londons with an MA in Psychotherapy and Councelling, and a is Visiting Professor in the School of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey as well as holding an Honorary Doctorate from the School of Psychology from The University of East London.

She is the author of 2 best-selling books Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled which combine neuroscience, mindfulness and comedy. Her one-woman shows Sane New World and Frazzled have toured both internationally and in Londons West End. She also founded Black Dog Tribe, a social networking site providing information and social support for people suffering with mental health issues. She presented her TedTalk at TedGlobal 2012 Whats So Funny about Mental Illness?, She speaks at Parliament and Downing Street to raise money for neuroscience research andworks tirelessly to break the stigma. She is an ambassador for MIND and SANE charities and is on the board of the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families.

Ruby is currently launching her Frazzled Cafes in partnership with Marks and Spencers throughout the UK. Each Marks and Spencers will close their cafes for two hours for groups to meet regularly. These are not necessarily for people with Mental Health problems but for everyone who is frazzled, which is everyone. Based on the format of AA each group is run by a facilitator with a mental health background.

Her latest book How to Be Human will be published in January 2018. Heres Rubys description:

It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now. No question, anyone reading this has won the Evolutionary Hunger Games, by the fact that youre on all 2s and not some fossil. This should make us all the happiest species alive most of us arent. Whats gone wrong?

Weve started treating ourselves like machines and less like humans. Were so used to upgrading things like our iPhones; as soon as the new one comes out, we dont think twice, we dump it. (Many people I know are now on iWife4 or iHusband8, the motto being, if its new, its better.)

We cant stop the future from arriving, no matter what drugs were on. But even if nearly every part of us becomes robotic, well still, fingers crossed, have our minds, which hopefully, well be able to use for things like compassion, rather than chasing whats better and if we can do that were on the yellow brick road to happiness.

I wrote this book with a little help from a monk, who explains how the mind works, and also gives some mindfulness exercises, and a neuroscientist who explains where everything that makes us us can be found in the brain. How to be Human is the only manual youll need to help you upgrade your mind as much as youve upgraded your iPhone.

In 2015 Ruby wax awarded an OBE for Services to Mental Health.

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