CMCW 2013 - June 4, 2013
Drs. Richard J. Davidson and Jonathan Patz, along with Interim Chancellor David Ward, presenting a gift to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Change your Mind, Change the World 2013 brought together His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, and some of the world’s most respected thought leaders, to discuss how neuroscience, environments, economics, and healthcare – combined with greater compassion and self empowerment – can make the world a healthier, happier place.
When we first talked about the possibility of hosting His Holiness in Madison, we never dreamed it would unfold as it did.
We knew that this group of thought leaders – leaders with fresh and promising ideas…People whose message would be amplified by the collective panel…Change agents with a passion for improving well-being and reducing suffering – had the potential to be extraordinary.
What unfolded, however, was something else; something more beautiful than we could have ever imagined.
Words can’t describe the gratitude we have for the time, energy and passion that everyone – the panelists, the attendees (in persona and online), and our planning staff brought to this collective. We encourage you to re-live and share the dialogues in the following ways:
Watch a full-length video of the dialogues on-line (please note that you will need to fill out a quick form)
Browse our Flickr gallery
Read a transcript from the morning and afternoon session
We are very grateful and honored to have shared this experience with you, and encourage you to incorporate the core themes of this event – compassion, emotional intelligence and personal empowerment – into your life to make the world a happier, healthier place.
Richard J. Davidson, PhD
Founder and Chair, the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center
Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH
Director, Global Health Institute, UW-Madison
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Security concerns and requirements for everyone attending Change your Mind Change the World on May 15, 2013
CMCW 2013 - April 15, 2013
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In bringing together thought leaders from across the globe, Change your Mind, Change the World 2013 is your passport to a global experience – right in the heart of Madison. And much like an international flight, there are certain arrival time recommendations and security measures that we want to make sure you know about:
Arrive early: Please plan to arrive 2 hours early to allow enough time for 2,300 people to go through security, which will include metal detectors. If you are attending the morning session, please arrive by 7:30am. If you are attending the afternoon session, please arrive by 12noon.
No Latecomers: Just as an airport gate closes prior to departure, doors to Overture Hall will close before the program begins. Latecomers will not be seated, due to the security level of this event. Travel light: Do not bring anything extra that you do not need.
NO backpacks or large bags will be permitted.
Items strictly prohibited include:
No weapons of any kind (knife, leatherman, firearm, club, mag lights, baton, mace/pepperspray, throwing stars, fireworks, needles, objects with a sharp edge/point, etc.)
No backpacks or large bags (including large purses)
No water bottles/containers
No electronic objects larger than wallet size (cell phones, iphones, etc, are acceptable)
No ipads, laptops, video cameras or audio recorders
No pets (except for service animals)
No aerosol cans
No balloons or similar object
No ropes or whip-like objects
No laser pointers, laser pens, dazzlers
No external flash device items for cameras and banners, signs or posters
Richard Layard: Why Happiness Should Be a Global Priority (Huffington Post)
CMCW 2013 - March 20, 2013
“This Wednesday sees the very first United Nations International Day of Happiness, which is being celebrated around the world on 20 March. This follows a recent resolution adopted by all members of the UN General Assembly calling for happiness to be given a greater priority. So why are people now taking happiness so seriously at national and global levels?”
Happiness, “the quality of life as each person experiences it” is being included by policy makers as a major determinant in their long-term goals more than ever before.
As a result of 30 years of research, we now know a lot about what affects happiness. The main influences are economic, personal/social and environmental.
In this article, Lord Richard Layard discusses the six most important actions which are required for a happier society.
Read more here.
Richard Layard is a world-renowned economist, founder of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, and panelist in the morning session of Change your Mind Change the World 2013.