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Join us to get mindful living tips, uplifting kindness stories and first dibs on our events & campaigns.
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Celebrating Mindful Living & Leadership
We’re a community of 150,000+ people offering transformative events and experiences to connect you to your inner wisdom, celebrate what matters most and help you discover how to make the world a kinder place.
We host events with Stanford University’s Centre for Compassion, Search Inside Yourself (developed at Google), along with film screenings, retreats and an annual Mindful Leadership Forum. Over 45,000 people have attended our events with inspirational speakers such as Eckhart Tolle, TED sensation Dr. Brené Brown, Dr. Margaret Wheatley, Danielle La Porte and Dr. Rick Hanson.
Additionally, we have posted out more than 400,000 Kindness Cards for free, encouraging anonymous acts of kindness.
What & Why?
What’s Mindful Living & Leadership?
It’s a transformative approach to leading and living that encourages you to step back, create mental space and be fully present. By fostering the four qualities of: self-awareness, authenticity, resilience and compassion, you grow in your ability to truly inspire, innovate and awaken the best in yourself and others.
What’s the Mindful Revolution?
In a fast-paced, tech-saturated world, increasing numbers of people are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and disengaged. This has created a movement of people who want to live with greater meaning, kindness and resilience. Even Google, Ebay and the World Economic Forum are getting involved.
How Do I Get Involved?
Firstly, you can order a free pack of Kindness Cards and find playful ways to help make the world a little kinder. You can also join us for our upcoming events that bring together leaders from around the world, scientists and wisdom teachers to inspire more purpose, productivity and fulfilment. We hope you can join us!
How it all Started
In 2009, I had an idea to start a ‘kindness revolution’. I left my job, designed some ‘Kindness Cards’ and booked a venue for my first-ever event. This simple idea has grown into Australia’s largest and most trusted community celebrating mindful living & leadership.
We’re now a community of 150,000+ people. We’ve posted out 400,000+ Kindness Cards and more than 45,000 guests have attended our sold-out events. It’s been a wonderful journey bringing together world leading speakers, musicians & scientists to help awaken the best in people and organisations.
I believe qualities like compassion, kindness and authenticity are no longer luxuries, but necessities for a flourishing and innovative society.
May this be of benefit to the whole!
Meet the team
Our team is made up of good-hearted, fun and talented people. They all light up when being in the service of the greater good.
Founder, Speaker, Interviewer
Jono is a speaker, thought leader & entrepreneur with the rare ability to inspire audiences with his honesty, warmth and humour. He is well known for his talks and on-stage interviews at Wake Up events for audiences of 400-1000 people. Jono was recently the introductory speaker at the Dalai Lama’s Sydney talk for 10,000 people and was a winner of the ANZ Creativity and Innovation award. His work has been recognised by the likes of The Australian Financial Review, GQ Magazine, UTS Business School, Sunday Telegraph, ABC Radio, Yen Magazine, Yoga Journal and the Readers Digest. Jono loves swimming at the beach, dogs, reading and authentic conversations.
The Lynchpin Claire manages all the operations of Wake Up and has played a key role in getting Wake Up to where it is today. Jono often says that “without Claire there would be no Wake Up.” Claire loves photography, family, swimming and chocolate. She’s also Jono’s wife.
Chief Operations Officer Holly is an organiser and loves working behind the scenes to create awe-inspiring events. With a background in production management, Holly recognises the importance of attention to detail and good communication, but most importantly—passion. She is a strong believer in rolling out of bed an hour early to dedicate time to a morning practice, whether it is meditation, yoga or simply inhaling the sun and salty sea breeze down at the local beach.
Community Engagement Terry is our Community Engagement Manager. She has the great pleasure of being the one to read and reply to the beautiful and heartfelt emails that people send to us. Terry is also a psychotherapist working in private practice in Victoria, with mindfulness and compassion at the core of her work. She is passionate about the healing power of nature, which includes her garden, and all animals, but especially dogs. She also loves going to the movies,reading, dancing, yoga, and being in the easy company of good friends.
Nice Things People Have Said About Us
"I love what Wake Up is doing!"
Dr. Brené Brown, TED sensation
"Wake Up is doing such a fantastic job."
Dr. James Doty, Stanford University
"Something very special happened in that theatre."
Jeff McMullen, Ian Thorpe Foundation
"One of the most beautiful evenings I have attended in a long time."
Nikki Massaioli, Yoga Teacher
"I’m completely in awe of the beauty you’re putting into the world."
Emma Codrington, Designer