From Evidence to Action: Inspiring Ideas for Happier Communities – CIFAR Changemakers

In partnership with the Museum of Vancouver and the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, CIFAR brings together international researchers and community leaders for a symposium dedicated to exploring the evidence and developing ideas about how to build happier communities.

This afternoon discussion at the museum will be moderated by Al Etmanski and takes place in conjunction with the exhibition Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, which officially opens April 23, 2015.

The Happy City – A Danish Case Study

Meik Wiking, CEO, The Happiness Research Institute, Denmark

How may local governments work with happiness and what can be done to improve the quality of life for citizens?At this session we will take a closer look at the Danish town of Dragør, where the Happiness Research Institute has conducted a large happiness survey among the citizens and together with the local government developed initiatives to increase happiness, well-being and quality of life for the people

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Life Satisfaction within and across Canadian communities

Grant Schellenberg, CIFAR Associate Fellow and Acting Director of the Social Analysis Division at Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada’s rich data sources will be used to examine the life satisfaction of Canadians within and across regions and communities. The correlations between life satisfaction and both personal and community level characteristics will be highlighted

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How can happiness research be used to support happier communities?

John Helliwell, CIFAR Senior Fellow and Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

This presentation will supplement the Danish examples and Canadian community happiness data with a range of specific examples showing how community design, neighbourhood initiatives, policy frameworks and workplace initiatives can, by leveraging human cooperative capacities, create the positive human connections and shared social identities that support happier lives

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Symposium Moderator

Al Etmanski

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via CIFAR Changemakers – CIFAR Changemakers.

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