Mo Gawdat is the Chief Business Officer for Google X Labs, a serial entrepreneur and author of “Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy” (2017). Through his 12-year research on the topic of happiness, he has created an algorithm and a repeatable well engineered model to reach a state of uninterrupted happiness regardless of the circumstances of life. Mo’s happiness model has proved highly effective and, in 2014, was put to the ultimate test when Mo lost his son Ali to preventable medical error during a simple surgical procedure. Solve For Happy is the pillar for a mission Mo has committed to as his personal moonshot, a mission to deliver his happiness message to 10 million people around the world.
KATE DOUGHTY Interviewed by Veronica Farmer, images by Arnaud Domange Kate Doughty is an Australian elite athlete, motivational speaker, and psychologist who knows no limits when it comes to adversity and achievement. Kate was born without a right hand, and at the age of 8, she was already making her mark receiving awards for violin and equestrian achievements. Kate represented Australia at several international equestrian events, including the World Equestrian Games. Late 2014, Kate made the dramatic change to triathlon. This was an ambition born from personal loss, with the death of her mother spurring Kate to make a fresh start within a new sport. The results of this transition has been astonishing with Kate winning Bronze at 2015 World Para-triathlon Championships and several gold and podium finishes on the ITU Para-triathlon circuit to date. Kate successfully competed at 2016 Rio Paralympics in triathlon, placing 5th in the world.
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