Infusing equity into the World Happiness Report

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The 2018 Global Happiness Policy Report is out. This time, the report contains practical solutions for governments and cities interested in boosting wellbeing. We were thrilled to be asked to contribute to this report as part of the sub-council on Happy Cities. We are proud to say that we were able to infuse the report with real-world examples of people using smart city solutions to boost equity, inclusion and health.… Continue reading

Press release: Public Space Improvements Can Boost Trust Among Strangers

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Happy Streets

A new study has found that a rainbow crosswalk painted by the City of Vancouver is linked to greater trust among strangers. That’s one finding from the Happy Streets Living Lab report, released today. This unique study used Vancouver, Canada, as its laboratory. The goal: to understand how urban design interventions can support wellbeing, belonging and social trust – an antidote to the growing crisis of loneliness in many cities.… Continue reading

Happier by design

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Like many American cities, West Palm Beach is facing challenges of rapid growth, inequality, and environmental discomfort. But urban design can be part of the solution. Our research has found that certain places have the power to improve human feelings and behavior. So we were thrilled to win the research competition for Shore to Core, a research competition led by Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. The… Continue reading

Groundbreaking happy streets experiment coming to Vancouver!

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Around the world, city streets are being transformed into better places to walk, socialize and celebrate. People are trading dead street edges and dangerous asphalt for vibrant sidewalks, parklets and plazas that are expressions of new ideas about human happiness. But how do these changes influence the way we feel and treat other people? If we want to keep these wonderful spaces, we need evidence about how these interventions influence… Continue reading

The Happy City Experiment with Q Ideas

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"The Happy Cities Experiment" – Omar Dominguez from Regent College on Vimeo. Omar Dominguez, Happy City’s Director of Operations and Sustainability, shared our ideas on the Happy City experiment in an engaging talk at Regent College. This talk was part of the first-ever Q Commons event in Vancouver, and was held on September 24, 2015. Q Commons, an event organized by Q Ideas based in New York City, convenes local leaders… Continue reading

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