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Seattle University to Host National Happiness Conference This Weekend
National Happiness Summit explores connection between happy people, healthy cities and a sustainable world. Speakers include Vicki Robin, Eric Weiner, Tom Barefoot, John deGraaf, Rita Hibbard, Laura Musikanski, Kimberly King, Ryan Howell, and more.
Sponsoring organizations include The Happiness Initiative, Take Back Your Time, the Compassion Action Network, Sustainable Seattle, and Seattle University.
The keynote speaker (Saturday at 1:45 pm in Pigott Auditorium, and open to the public at large) is Eric Weiner, former NPR reporter and author of the best-seller, The Geography of Bliss, a story of his search for the world’s happiest countries.
Other prominent speakers include Vicki Robin, author of the best-selling Your Money or Your Life; Tom Barefoot, director of the Vermont-based organization, Gross National Happiness USA; Rita Hibbard, director of the Compassionate Action Network, prominent ecological economist Robert Costanza, Laura Musikanski, director of the Happiness Initiative; John deGraaf, award winning filmmaker and co-founder of HI; social entrepreneur and partnership specialist, Kimberly King; local Author Cecile Andrews, and psychologist Ryan Howell, creator of the Happiness Initiative national survey.
“This is the first comprehensive conference about happiness we’re aware of,” says conference coordinator Orna Locker, co-director of Sustainable Ballard. “We’
In July, 2011, a unanimous United Nations declaration urged member nations to concentrate on “the pursuit of happiness” rather than unsustainable economic growth and to seek ways to measure their success. A UN conference in April of this year urged a “new economic paradigm based on sustainable happiness and well-being.”
“This conference is a way to begin planning to implement the UN declaration,”
Strategic conversations at the conference will include: Spreading the Happiness Initiative (www.happycounts.org)
The conference will allow opportunity for members of the media to interview some of the key names in the US happiness movement. Media passes will be provided. Please RSVP to John de Graaf email@example.com if you wish a media pass.
Conference registration information can be found at: www.timeday.org/
“We’re proud that this conference is being held in Seattle, one of America’s happiest and most innovative cities,” says Cecile Andrews, a member of the conference organizing team. “It’
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