Accor, a world-leading hospitality group, has launched a new series exploring the current state of wellbeing and the defining issues of our time. Health to Wealth engages some of the leading thinkers of our era with a thought-provoking and informative podcast series and an entrepreneurial start-up challenge in Paris in collaboration with VivaTech. An insightful white paper exploring the latest research in psychological and physiological health, societal structure and responsibility, global shifts, responses and predictions will also be released later this year.
"The goal of hospitality is to provide a warm welcome, a spirit of caring, and a sense of wellbeing," said Emlyn Brown, Global Vice President, Well-Being, Accor. "As a global hospitality leader, Accor has led the industry in moving wellness matters beyond the traditional walls of spas and fitness centres into everything we do – from hotel operations to food & beverage, room design, and so much more. We are excited to debut Health to Wealth and take our mission of care to the next level, convening a diverse group of innovative minds to act as a positive force for change that we hope will inspire mental and physical wholeness and a greater sense of wellbeing in what is a very complex and ever-changing world."
The Health to Wealth podcast series was developed by the Accor wellbeing team and curated by Well Intelligence. Well Intelligence is a UK-based international business advisory group that advocates the relevance and cultural lifeblood that wellbeing investment brings, offering corporations and enterprises insight and direction to establish impactful wellbeing programs, transform company ethos and nurture healthier, more sustainable communities.
According to Anni Hood, CEO of Well Intelligence, Accor has taken a decisive step forward to facilitate a global discourse among some of the world's boldest thinkers at a time when the collective wellness of the world has never been more shaken.
"We're all on this planet together, and when part of us isn't doing well or isn't properly nurtured, it affects our entire collective organism. And that, to me, felt like a very natural way to think about the social and human and planetary interconnectedness that is coming to light in this Health to Wealth series," said Saasha Celestial-One, founder of OLIO, the global food sharing app that is revolutionizing food waste and community service, and one of the Health to Wealth contributors.
"The macro wellbeing perspective that Health to Wealth is examining is essential," added Manuel Muniz, Provost of the IE University in Madrid, former Secretary of State for Global Spain, and contributor to Health to Wealth. "I'm glad these discussions are taking place now, given the general state of affairs of the world. I believe this is the right time to address these matters."
Podcast episodes are released on all major podcast platforms, healthtowealthbyaccor.com and Accor's website throughout May and June 2022, covering several topics:
- Thierry Malleret on wellbeing, changing values and global macro forces
- Oli Patrick & Harry Jameson on fitness, resilience and countering stress
- Olaf Blanke on how our body sense is governed by neuroscience
- Julian Ranger on why everyone should look after their data
- Allie Burns on investing in the entrepreneurs who can make a social impact
- Ali Parsa on virtual doctors and the AI revolution in healthcare