Happy City workshop for municipal leaders: join us March 20

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If you are a new civic politician, you may not be aware of the ways that urban design and policy can contribute to health, resilience and happiness in your community. We’re thrilled to have the chance to introduce municipal leaders from British Columbia to new happiness-based urban design tools. Join us on Mar. 20 in Vancouver for a special pre-conference workshop at The Centre for Civic Governance’s High Ground Conference. It’s going… Continue reading

Fixing Our Cities: A CBC National Feature

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Chris Brown of CBC’s The National (Canada’s evening news program) put together this terrific story connecting the dots between urban health, resilience, design, and yes, happiness. I was thrilled to participate, along with happy city heroes Brent Toderian and Dr. Karen Lee. Here’s the video, with very compelling footage with Brent in Medellin:   Continue reading

Happy City workshop with the World Health Organization

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After the release of Happy City in 2013, we received dozens of requests from policymakers and city-builders to translate lessons from the book into tools to help guide urban design. In response, we developed a new framework to bring well-being into design processes. We were excited to roll out this framework at the WHO International Healthy Cities conference in Athens, Greece in October, 2014. Dozens of urban health wonks from around the world joined… Continue reading

Testing social trust in Mexico

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By Charles Montgomery What happens when you challenge hundreds of young Mexicans to reach out to strangers? Something amazing: they change their view of a society that is chronically low in trust.                     I was invited to give a talk to several hundred youth at the International Youth Conference in Queretaro, Mexico, in January. With a captive audience of 500, this… Continue reading

TIME Magazine Happy City survey launches

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I worked with Chris Wilson at TIME Magazine and Chris Barrington-Leigh at McGill University to create this survey looking at happiness and urban factors in the USA. If you live in the USA, give it a click. We hope the results will reveal new insights about the relationship between cities and happiness. After a few thousand responses we’ll be reporting back with info graphics. Continue reading