Pecha Kucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, in a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically while presenters talk along to the images. This format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture and was first was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global Pecha Kucha Night network and organize PechaKucha Night Tokyo. Welcome to the Happiness Pech Kucha 20x20!
Paula and Linda walk to listen to what people say matters most in life and to convey the importance of fulfilling the central tenet of our Declaration of Independence: the right of all Americans to "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." They walked to Washington DC in 2012 and their walk became international in 2013 when they headed north to Montreal in Canada. Later this year they will begin a two-year, 7,500 mile journey around the USA. Come learn what people had to say!
LINDA WHEATLEY is co-founder and President of GNHUSA and the director of the Vermont Leadership Institute and Network at The Snelling Center for Government.
PAULA FRANCIS is a co-founder of GNHUSA and owner of Inspired Consultation offering organizational services to non-profit organizations.
Miranda describes her experience directing a simulation of the UN High-Level Meeting on Wellbeing and Happiness at a Beijing-based Model UN conference for high school students. Her students prepared for the experience through extensive research on psychological wellbeing, and during the four days of the conference they collaboratively prepared a UN-style resolution on the committee’s proposed solutions. Afterwards, Miranda asked the students to reflect on how their attitudes and understanding of happiness and wellbeing had changed through this interactive conversation, and she shares their responses in her presentation.
The experience challenged students to engage with the complexities of international policy, to understand the differences and universalities across cultures when defining ‘happiness,’ and to think critically about what it means to live a flourishing life. Miranda also introduces her plans to create and implement an interactive ‘happiness’ curriculum for Korean high school students during the upcoming year.
MIRANDA RAVICZ is a senior at Harvard College studying Neurobiology and Global Health & Health Policy.
Using data from Google Trends and the Google Ngram Corpus, representing roughly five percent of all English text published from 1500 to the present, I explore how "happiness" and "well-being" have been represented in the collective consciousness, taking both a 500-year (1514–2014) long view and a 30-year (1984–2014) short view. Together, these long and short views on “happiness” illustrate how the concept enjoyed a golden era in late 18th-century discourse around the time of the American Revolution, and how it is starting to regain a prominent position in 21st-century discourse.
CARL POLLEY (Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa) engages in research that bridges the fields of cognitive science, linguistics, culturomics, and comparative literature to examine happiness and GNH from a cross-linguistic perspective, focusing on American English, Bhutanese English, and Mandarin Chinese. He has conducted research as a Fulbright Fellow at the National Taiwan University and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego. Carl lives in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where he teaches courses in advanced Chinese language and culture, Chinese literature, and general linguistics.
This Pecha Kucha will explore the question: If every sentient being is a noble seed, how do we create the personal and cultural soil to bring each and every seed to its best fruition? It would be an ontological inquiry into happiness and wellbeing through analogy with fertile personal and cultural ground.
DR JONI CARLEY is ordained at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in Manhattan. She has been leading inter- and trans-denominational celebrations for over 20 years, based in part on her Cosmic Mass training and experience with Matthew Fox. At this Winter Solstice celebration, Dr. Carley was lead celebrant with Jewish, Sufi, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, and New Thought contributors.
Kelly will share his experiences translating the GNH Index survey into Swahili, adjusting the language to serve the local culture and, with the help of a local interpreter, conducting 63 interviews with Tanzanian fisherman outside of Arusha, Tanzania.
KELLY STEFFEN is a Senior in International Development in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. He has worked with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and recently traveled to Tanzania where he conducted a survey on happiness using the GNH Happiness Index.
This Pecha Kucha will explore Vermontivate! - an award-winning community sustainability game designed to bring fun, hope, and possibility to the hard work of solving the global climate crisis.
KATHRYN BLUME is the co-creator of Vermontivate! She's also a speaker, writer, director, yoga teacher, and award-winning solo performer who has toured her original work to over 50 cities in the US, Canada, and Europe. Kathryn serves as board chair for 350VT, received her BA from Yale with a self-designed degree in environmental studies and theater, and doesn’t do anything in her spare time because she doesn’t actually have any.
At the international Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), they have seen evidence from around the world of ways in which animals contribute to people’s happiness and community wellbeing. IFAW also has millions of supporters who are passionate about animals and who derive happiness from helping us ensure a better future for people and animals.
Our current GDP-driven paradigm contributes to animal suffering in many ways, direct and indirect. As people pursue material wealth, it is often at the expense of our own wellbeing, environmental sustainability and the welfare of our fellow creatures. The current poaching crisis of elephants and rhinos is an example of how a criminal pursuit of profit could end in extinction for some of our iconic wildlife. Economic decisions resulting in poor animal welfare can also have direct human health impacts, from avian influenza to rabies.
Learn about communities around the world engaged in creating social change to benefits all beings.
KATE NATTRASS ATEMA is the Director of IFAW’s Companion Animal Program where she oversees community-based animal welfare projects in South Africa, Indonesia, China, Germany, Mexico, Haiti, China and Native communities in the US and Canada.
Michael's journey began with a firm foundation of Native American spiritual understanding, leading to the discovery of “Planning to The Seventh Generation” followed by Sustainability. Confrontations with the anti-Agenda 21 folks and his libertarian daughter led to a search for a more user-friendly language for Sustainability, and along came “The Happiness Initiative” with a language of attraction rather than a language of requirements and regulation. In the course of teaching Native American values workshops he helped integrate the Personal Happiness Handbook into the Medicine Wheel an ancient symbolic device to teach balance and the Universe. His work balances the Handbook with the four quadrants representing the emotional being, the physical being, the spiritual being and the mental being.
MICHAEL ROBERTS is a historic preservation professional with 40-years experience. He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, a founding director of Historic Massachusetts, Inc. (now PreservatiON MASS), founder of The Conference on New England Archaeology and the Coalition for Archaeology in Massachusetts. Michael is also a Preservation Planner and a Certified Trainer of the Happiness Initiative.
Research shows that non-profit leaders often suffer from burn-out, territorialism, and deficit mindset. There are never enough grants, time, capacity for us to get the work done. How can we inspire each other and work toward better outcomes if we, the professionals in the field, are overworked and sometimes, plain miserable?
Create a culture of appreciation, trust, accountability, and love in the workplace and work community
Use Learning Collaboratives, Thought Partners, and Dynamic Duos to get the work done AND create more joy in doing the work
JODY CLARK is a Candidate for an MS in Managing Mission-Driven Organizations from Marlboro College Graduate School. She also holds a holds a BA in Theater & Anthropology from Marlboro College, an MA in Theater Education from Emerson College.
As we strive to increase happiness and wellbeing for all, our money and investments are essential considerations. We can have the best of intentions, spend our days serving others; and yet there are many aspects of our lives and culture that might be working against us. This includes our money and investments, especially if those are used as just a means to an end. Instead, there is wonderful opportunity for alignment when we bring awareness and intentionality to money, which in return will benefit our wellbeing and the planet. This Pecha Kucha will explore the growing number of ways to accomplish this, which is supported by a community of people and organizations with shared values.
BRIAN KAMINER consults with people interested in aligning their money and values. His Money and Impact Investing Directory shares ways to create positive social and environmental impacts through money, business, and investing. Brian and his wife also created a unique Happiness Directory to connect the global happiness community.
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