Dr. Jonathan Beale FRSA is a peak performance coach, researcher, consultant, writer, keynote speaker and educator whose research focuses on human flourishing. A key area of his research is how human beings can fulfil their potential by facilitating flow in their lives, and the role this plays in enabling people to flourish. His current research projects include investigating how to facilitate group flow in learning environments to maximise learning, productivity, efficiency and well-being. His research also focuses on the science of learning and how to develop character strengths, especially resilience.
Beale has vast experience as a researcher and educator which he brings to his coaching. He has taught at leading universities and schools including the University of Oxford and Eton College. His coaching focuses on how he can most effectively guide clients into the flow channel, in which we are challenged such that our skills are stretched to their full capacities to support the fulfilment of potential. His work follows the principle of the father of flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: flow occurs ‘when a person’s skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable’. In his coaching sessions, Beale aims to stretch everyone to their limits so they can thrive.
Beale is an Academic Visitor at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, and has previously held positions as Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard University (2011-13) and Researcher-in-Residence at Eton College (2019-21). At Oxford, his research on human flourishing supports the Templeton World Charity-funded research project on ‘Education, Purpose, and Human Flourishing in Uncertain Times’. He is also collaborating with researchers from the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard on a project investigating how to best support the flourishing of school students. Beale also holds positions as a Visiting Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and a Research Fellow for the educational neuroscience research centre ‘BrainCanDo’.
Beale has 30 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters in leading academic journals, book publishers and media outlets including The New York Times. He is co-editor of four books on philosophy and education, including the The Future of Education, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He has edited four journal volumes, including the Harvard Review of Philosophy. He has been invited to review articles for leading academic journals including Philosophical Quarterly and MIT Press.
Beale has given 35 invited talks on education and philosophy to academic and public audiences, including at the Royal Society of Arts and universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Yale. He has given talks in eleven countries across five continents. He has been interviewed by publications including The Psychologist and podcasts including Flow Research Collective Radio. This year he is launching a podcast on human flourishing sponsored by the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard and Oxford University’s Department of Education, in collaboration with Dr. Nick Holton, another Peak Performance Coach at the Flow Research Collective.
Beale holds several board positions, including as a Governor for Arts & Media School Islington in London; a Trustee for Redearth Education, an educational NGO based in Uganda with which he volunteered during 2018 and 2019 to assist with leadership training for headteachers; a School Ambassador for the British Council; and a position on the Advisory Board at the Saint Louis University Consortium for Flourishing.
Beale completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Reading in 2014, funded by a Doctoral Studentship awarded by the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council. His PhD dissertation, on Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of science, passed with no corrections and he has since co-edited a published book on this theme. Beale is an internationally renowned scholar of Wittgenstein and has co-edited two books and several articles on his philosophy. He is a former professional guitarist and has performed with renowned jazz musicians including NEA Jazz Master David Liebman.