Levelling Up 2016

A Full Day of Self-Development Workshops

Developing Cognition are hosting a day of workshops on self-development. Its aim is to take each of our goals to the next level - whether it be work, relationships, meditation, communication, sports, or happiness. It's a day of learning and experiencing, the ideal thing to help you get on top of new year's resolutions, to change habits, or learn something new.

  • Date: Saturday 12th March 2016
  • Time: 10am - 5pm
  • Location: Canada Water Library, London
  • Price: £100 - £150

Click below to buy your tickets online or contact me at james@developingcognition.com.

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Questions and Answers

What will I actually be doing?

This course is meant to be practical so, in addition to learning about the subjects we will give you techniques to improve happiness, create strong habits, meditate, and communicate better.

For example in the "Achieving Goals" workshop you will learn the best tools from the last two decades of research into goals and habits, then we will each practice using those tools to turn vague aims like "get fitter" into a strong action plan that you are likely to stick to.

Is this course right for me?

It doesn't matter what stage of your career you are or whether you are into "self-development" or not. As long as you have a desire to change a habit, learn something new or become happier then this is for you.

Collectively we have taught everyone from students to corporate businesses. If you are still not sure then feel free to drop us a line at james@developingcognition.com.


Below are a few examples of the workshops which will be run, we have deliberately kept the numbers low so that every participant will be involved in every workshop.

Workshop Instructor Description
Achieving Goals James Forming great habits, sticking to resolutions
Communication Angelina How do we build-on, extract, or value ideas
Happiness Michael How to be happier!
Mindfulness Darius Meditation and visualisation techniques

A full schedule will be sent out to the mailing list and attendees two weeks before the event.

What will I get out of it?

Each workshop will give you something different. In each you will have a chance to understand where and when to use these skills and practice using them. The instructors will be available all day to answer your questions and help you through you roadblocks.

  1. Concrete knowledge and skills of how to improve your happiness, communication, and habits.
  2. Practice creating an action plan to make new year's resolutions stick.
  3. A chance to try mindfulness meditation, and visualisation techniques.

Location & Map

The event is being held at Canada Water Library, located directly above canada water tube station.

Address: Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7AR

Cancellation Policy & Terms

Any refund requests 2 weeks prior to the event will be given a full refund (minus payment transaction costs). No refunds will be issued after this. Please contact James Brooks james@developingcognition.com for any cancellation and transfer requests.

It may be necessary, for reasons beyond our control, to change the content and timing of the programme, the date, the venue, or the speaker(s).

In the event of there being insufficient numbers booked onto the event, or for unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to cancel or postpone it. In this event we will inform all attendees as soon as possible and give a full refund (minus payment transaction costs).

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James Brooks

Dr. James Brooks


James is an educator and researcher - sitting between the disciplines of training, education and behavioural nudges. His particular areas of interest are personal effectiveness, decision making, behavioural psychology, communication, and metacognition.

Michael Plant

Michael Plant


Michael researches the nature and causes of human happiness, working at the intersection of philosophy, psychology and behavioural economics. Michael has founded a happiness consultancy, written about happiness for the New Statesman and the Huffington Post. He’s currently working on a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Oxford.

Angelina Castellini

Angelina Castellini

Applied Improvisation

Angelina is an (applied) improvisation teacher and facilitator, using improvisation techniques for personal and professional development. As part of Paul Jackson Associates, Angelina helped develop and is a teacher at the Improvisation Academy. She works with the London School of Economics (LSE) Language Centre to develop Language through Improvisation courses for degree students.

Darius Lau

Darius Lau


Darius is a happiness, well-being and relationship life coach. Having coaching clients across Europe his mission is to make a positive impact across the world. He aims to help people become more self aware allowing them to be conscious in their life enabling them to find a purpose in life. His interests include meditation, energy work, nutrition, biohacking, improving mental performance and conscious parenting.

Sam Hilton

Sam Hilton


Sam is currently both a policy advisor at the UK Treasury and a charity entrepreneur who is currently running the Effective Altruism London community. This involves regularly hosting workshops and talks on topics such as ethical self improvement and effective ways to make the world better. Sam has a strong interest in evidence based self-improvement and has recently started formally teaching self-improvement and personal productivity skills.


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