Evan Sutter

I'm Evan, an Australian living in California. I coach, consult, speak and write as mediums to spread happiness. We are all responsible for our thoughts, words and actions, for our world and the world our little ones inherit. What are we offering them?! 

I listen for ways to best engage and connect, to plant seeds for people, communities and business to think a little differently to spark change and make things better and happier for all. My lens is happiness, happiness for all of earth's stakeholders; and, I bring a unique perspective that proves that choosing happiness makes your life better, and your business better too.

After living in a hut in the forests of a Buddhist monastery with my monk brother, I was introduced to a new way of living. It challenged my status quo, shook my habits, bashed my ego, trampled my perspectives and forced me to reconsider if my direction in life really was making me happier.  

I solo-travelled the world, delving deeper with every adventure, getting comfortable being lost, questioning my why, connecting to my values, softening my hard edges, slowing my ruminating mind, and opening my heart.

I wrote a book titled Solitude: How Doing Nothing Can Change the World, and from there I starting speaking at schools, conferences, companies and events. I was a guest on national radio "What's the secret to Happiness," and a range of podcasts and blogs.

I launched an environmental initiative to ban single use plastic bags in NSW, Australia. I created an engaged and dynamic education initiative in Bogota, Columbia, a place where huge numbers of people leave school and pursue low-level jobs and thus keep the cycle of poverty turning.  They illustrated my children's stories to learn English and literacy skills in a fun and engaging way - helping to promote lifelong learning and break this crippling cycle. I worked on a social enterprise in a favela in Brazil, to teach people the skills of entrepreneurship to create alternative pathways to the drug and crime trade. I worked with the UAE government (and 55 of their chief happiness officers), UC Berkeley  and a host of Australia's happiest companies to push happiness to the top of the agenda.

All of  these things made me realise the important, and necessary, role that business can play in making the world a better - happier - place. So, I took what I had learned about happiness on an individual level and applied it to business. Businesses can generate a tremendous amount of happiness for all of its stakeholders - employees, the environment, community, customers - and make their business more successful and the world a better - happier place.