Human Flourishing in Education || Nick Holton

September 28, 2023

Today we welcome Nick Holton to the podcast. Nick is an international speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. His work focuses on helping individuals become better versions of themselves through the application of the cutting-edge science of human flourishing, a synergistic development of both peak performance and overall well-being and fulfillment. He works with individuals, teams, businesses, and organizations ranging from professional athletes, NCAA programs, educational institutions, first responders and Fortune 100 executives. He is co-founder of The Antifragile Academy and he also co-hosts the podcast, FlourishFM which is sponsored by the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard and the Department of Education at Oxford. Nick has worked with clients, given talks, and delivered training across the U.S., Europe, India, Australia, Uganda, Singapore, Mexico, and South America.

In this episode, I talk to Nick Holton about human flourishing. Our current education system is primarily concerned with teaching academic subjects. While building knowledge is essential, this  is not enough to allow students to self-actualize. Nick points out that young people’s need to matter should be addressed as well. To facilitate human flourishing, we need to embed the different principles of positive psychology both inside and outside of the classroom. Nick and I believe that education can transform society for the better, and we exchange ideas on how we can build an ecosystem that fosters holistic development. 

Website: www.nickholton.com

Twitter: @dr_nickholton


  • Nick’s background and expertise
  • Coaching each individual 
  • The need for mattering
  • What is human flourishing?
  • Education can transform society
  • Positive education
  • The Shipley School 
  • Holistic development
  • FlourishFM
  • Flourishing outside the classroom


One Response to “Human Flourishing in Education || Nick Holton”

  1. Adam says:

    I am listening to this episode and just got to the part where Nick says he would request the “trouble makers”, implying the less academically inclined students. I have a similar issue but also opposite.

    I have 3 boys 7.5, 5 and 2. The younger 2 seem to be “normal” with regard to caring what others think and other peoples feelings etc…(as far as you can tell with a 2yo).

    But my 7.5yo boy seems to have very low empathy most of the time. He is academically very good (reads at a 12yo level), but can’t/wont work with others. He always tries to take over any game that he is involved with, he has very few friends. He can be nice and caring if he thinks about it, but it doesn’t seem to come “naturally” to him.

    How do you help someone in this situation?
    How do you improve someones empathy capacity?

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