Episode 3

Happy Habits, with John Ellison


August 22nd, 2021

43 mins 52 secs

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About this Episode

Liliana and Stephen are joined by behaviour designer and serial entrepreneur John Ellison.

John he started his entrepreneurial journey when he dropped out of university at the age of 18 to start his first ecommerce business. Since then he's been working at Harvard's Intersection of Business, Design, and Technology, to help make a world a better place.

He honed his craft as a UX designer at Brighton agency Clearleft, and went on to lead a product team at civic tech startup Peak Democracy in Berkeley, California, where he experienced his first acquisition and ended up meeting Dr BJ Fogg and becoming certified to teach behaviour design, the methodology used to create habit-forming startups like Instagram.

In this interview, John shares his new project: Happy Habits, and his plans for turning his newsletter into a deck of cards with prompts to help build happier everyday habits. Along with Stephen and Liliana, he examines happiness in the workplace, and shares some of the methodologies successful companies are already employing to improve their employees' wellbeing.