Machines for Happiness

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By Seth Geiser Can art and design make us kinder? Can we design more trust or altruism into the city? These are questions everyone can help answer. Working with the Museum of Vancouver, we challenged students from Simon Frasier University’s School of Interactive Art and Technology (SIAT), Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD), and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) to create design interventions that would test or boost feelings… Continue reading

Hug a stranger, change your city: a social trust photo album

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‘Do you two know each other?” Study after study has confirmed that social connectedness is a prime determinant of human well-being. It’s interesting to note then, that the vast majority of people in our lives, from passing acquaintances to old friends, were initially strangers. When is the moment that strangers become people worth trusting? Richard Renaldi explored this idea in his photo series, ‘Touching Strangers’, in which he encouraged strangers in… Continue reading

A Night of Social Experimentation At the Guggenheim

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By Seth Geiser There were no book readings at the NYC launch of Happy City. Instead, we transformed the Participatory City gallery at the Guggenheim Museum into a laboratory of interactive experiments in social trust and happiness. Our goal: to explore, in a visceral way, the relationship between the design of our cities and the shape of human experience. “We are not as free as we might think in cities,” Charles explained.… Continue reading

Secrets of the world’s happiest cities: excerpt – Guardian UK

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What makes a city a great place to live – your commute, property prices or good conversation? The Guardian seeks answers in this adapted excerpt from Happy City.  “By designing cities in a way that values everyone’s experience, we can make cities that help us all get stronger, more resilient, more connected, more active and more free. We just have to decide who our cities are for. And we have… Continue reading

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