WE’RE IN GOOD COMPANY!

As Co-Founders of HIPinthe253, Kate and Chiara are thrilled to be counted amongst such an array of Happiness and Well-Being enthusiasts!  Look who’s presenting along with us at the 5th Annual conference: HAPPINESS & WELL BEING: BUILDING A NATIONAL MOVEMENT.  We’re headed to Vermont this week to join in and learn from each other.  Check out our new best friends in the making:    GNH 2014 -Speakers

Here’s the Program:  GNH 2014 Conference Program

And here’s OUR workshop:  

HIPinthe253 (The Happiness Initiative Project in area code 253) Meets the GNH to Redefine What Matters – Chiara Wood and Kate Stirling

       How do we rally our local communities around this global movement to create an economy grounded in measuring what really matters? Our workshop offers three vignettes to engage us in role-playing different presentations we can then modify for use in our own communities. These vignettes are designed to enlighten, educate, entertain and enlist local support for our various projects.            

    The vignettes are built around these key ideas and research findings: 1) What contributes to our happiness and well-being?, 2) How does GDP deviate from measuring happiness and well-being?, 3) How does the US happiness and well-being rank against other countries? We offer strategies geared to different audiences (from youth to the local Chamber of Commerce) and a variety of methods (from data to movie clips).

     If you are already familiar with this material, our workshop will help you refresh and encapsulate it to work with your community. If this is new material, we trust you’ll come away inspired by what it offers. We will also include a segment on the challenges of building a local coalition, so that workshop participants can share their own experiences and concerns. 

 HOLD ON Vermont!  Here come The HIP Chicks from The 253!

Gross National Happiness 2014!

Here we come!  The Happiness Conference in Vermont!

HIPinthe253 (The Happiness Initiative Project in area code 253) Meets the GNH to Redefine What Matters – Chiara Wood and Kate Stirling

       How do we rally our local communities around this global movement to create an economy grounded in measuring what really matters? Our workshop offers three vignettes to engage us in role-playing different presentations we can then modify for use in our own communities. These vignettes are designed to enlighten, educate, entertain and enlist local support for our various projects.            

    The vignettes are built around these key ideas and research findings: 1) What contributes to our happiness and well-being?, 2) How does GDP deviate from measuring happiness and well-being?, 3) How does the US happiness and well-being rank against other countries? We offer strategies geared to different audiences (from youth to the local Chamber of Commerce) and a variety of methods (from data to movie clips).

     If you are already familiar with this material, our workshop will help you refresh and encapsulate it to work with your community. If this is new material, we trust you’ll come away inspired by what it offers. We will also include a segment on the challenges of building a local coalition, so that workshop participants can share their own experiences and concerns. 

FOLLOWING THE LEADER TO HAPPINESS

Watch a movement happen, start to finish, and glean some lessons:

A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous.

The first follower is critical in showing everyone else how to follow.

The second follower validates.

A movement must be public.

After the nth follower tipping point, it becomes risky not to follow, and more join in.

We’re told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective.

The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to wisely follow as well.