On May 15th, 2013, two visionary research institutions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama and some of the world’s most respected thought leaders to discuss how neuroscience, environments, economics, and healthcare can combine to make the world a healthier, happier place.

MAY 15, 2013

Watch archived footage of Change your Mind, Change the World 2013 with the Dalai Lama! (Please be sure to use Firefox or Safari.)

Read the transcripts from the Morning and Afternoon sessions!

Thank you from co-hosts Richard J. Davidson and Jonathan Patz.

Browse our Flickr gallery.

#Imagineaworldwhere…Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.


Please see the Event Info section for a list of panelists
at the morning and afternoon session

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We invite you to sign up for email updates from the event’s co-hosting organizations:

The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center sends out periodic email communications which highlight:

-Insightful articles and resources, such as meditation downloads
-New research finding
-Webinars involving Richard J. Davidson

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The Global Health Institute aims to coordinate, strengthen, and expand global health activities within the UW-Madison and beyond, through sustained partnerships and a network of Global Health Affiliates.

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This event was co-hosted by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center and the Global Health Institute, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world’s most respected public universities. His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, traveled to Madison to lend his support to the missions of these two organizations and to engage in a dialogue about one of the most important topics of our time: global health and sustainable well-being.

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center

sponsor_fpoLed by world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson, the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center conducts rigorous scientific research on healthy qualities of mind such as kindness, compassion, forgiveness and mindfulness. An inter-disciplinary team of scientists is exploring a wide range of ideas from the impact of a kindness curriculum in schools to the effectiveness of yoga and breathing exercises in reducing the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in military combat veterans. Through hard-nosed scientific research, the Center is moving closer to understanding how healthy qualities of mind can be cultivated through mental skills training to improve our daily lives and foster positive change on a global scale. Together we can help reduce suffering and increase happiness throughout the world.
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Global Health Institute

GHI The Global Health Institute (GHI) expands the UW-Madison’s global health educational initiatives to examine the root causes of illness, including environmental, economic, social and political factors. Director Dr. Jonathan Patz, who shared a Nobel Prize for his work with the United Nations Panel on Climate Change, believes highly integrated solutions will improve health today and ensure a healthy future for all. The institute engages campus and global partners in collaborative research to alleviate the causes of illness and cultivate the next generation of health leaders.
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Event Info

On May 15, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, and some of the world’s most revered thought leaders convened in Madison, Wisconsin, to engage in an extraordinary dialogue on global health and sustainable well-being.

Conversations on Global Health and Well-being: Morning Session, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Panelists: His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, Dr. Richard J. Davidson, Dr. Ilona Kickbusch, Dr. Jonathan Patz, Dr. Don Berwick, Richard Layard; Moderator: Dr. Daniel Goleman.

Conversations on Science, Happiness, and Well-being: Afternoon Session, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Opening remarks by David Ward, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Panelists: His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, Dr. Richard J. Davidson, Dr. Jonathan Patz, Matthieu Ricard; Moderator: Arianna Huffington.

Watch full-length videos of the Morning and Afternoon sessions!

Read transcripts of the Morning and Afternoon Sessions!

FAQ: For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.




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


Dear Friend,

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.

Warmest regards,

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

Security concerns for guests; Exceptions will not be made

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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 liquids
No water bottles/containers
No food
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 glitters
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.



Keep up with the co-hosts:


If you have questions or comments, please send an email to info@investigatinghealthyminds.org.





General Questions

Is footage from Change your Mind Change the World 2013 available on-line?
Yes! The morning and afternoon session are available on-line for free! Please visit here to watch!

When will Wisconsin Public Television be televising the event?
The event will be televised Tuesday, July 9th at 9:00PM CST and 12:00 mid-night CST!

What was CMCW2013?
Change your Mind Change the World 2013 was a thoughtful exchange between His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, and a group of interdisciplinary thought leaders from around the world. Panelists conversed with His Holiness on stage.

When was CMCW2013?
Change your Mind Change the World 2013 was on May 15th, 2013. There were be two sessions: the morning session was from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. and the afternoon session was from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Where did CMCW2013 take place?
Change your Mind Change the World 2013 was held at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin.

Why should I watch the recorded footage of CMCW2013?
The dialogues were thought-provoking and inspirational. If you are interested in the intersections between science, economics, psychology, healthcare and well-being, this is an extraordinary opportunity not to be missed!

What brought the co-hosts, UW-Madison’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center and Global Health Institute, together?
Dr. Richard J. Davidson (founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds) and Dr. Jonathan Patz (director of the Global Health Institute) are both passionate about discovering ways to improve well-being and sustainability. During an international meeting on the environment, ethics and interconnectedness, Dr. Davidson and Dr. Patz invited the Dalai Lama to Madison to lead a series of groundbreaking conversations on sustainable health and well-being. He enthusiastically accepted the invitation to engage in this important dialogue with our other esteemed panelists. Click here for information on the panelists at Change your Mind Change the World 2013.

Panelists and Sessions

How are these panelists connected to the Dalai Lama?
The Dalai Lama and the other panelists share the belief that a healthier world is a happier world, and that discovering ways to improve global health and sustainable well-being is one of the most important topics of our time.

What did the panelists talk about?
Dialogues were organic conversations between the Dalai Lama and thought leaders, revolving around how science,  contemplative practice and modern analytical tools can be combined to make the entire world a happier, healthier place.

What was the difference between the morning and the afternoon session?
The morning and afternoon sessions had different lineups of world-renowned thought leaders and moderators. Dr. Daniel Goleman moderated the morning session and Arianna Huffington moderated the afternoon session. {Please see the event details section of the website for a complete list of panelists in each session.}

Where was the Simulcast held in Madison?
CMCW2013 staff hosted a simulcast (simultaneous-webcast) at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Building on 330 North Orchard Street, in the H.F. DeLuca Forum room. The event was projected in an auditorium for anyone who was interested. Light snacks were served. Cost: Free. 

Registration and Ticketing

When did ticket sales for CMCW2013 open?
Tickets became available on April 1st, 2013.

How much did tickets cost?
Ticket prices for the morning session ranged from $40  to $200 depending on proximity to the stage. Tickets to the afternoon session ranged from $10-$100.

How do I register for the event?
The event was on May 15th, 2013 so you may no longer register for the event, but you may register to watch the Archived Footage of the event for free!

What was the “pre-sale list”?
Those who signed up for our pre-sale list by March 25, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. received a link to an early registration page before public ticket sales opened. Pre-sale tickets were limited, so signing up did not guarantee you a ticket, but those who signed up were among the first to have an opportunity to register for Change your Mind Change the World 2013.

What happened if I missed the deadline to sign up for the pre-sale list?
If you did not sign up for the pre-sale list before March 25, 2013, then you still had a chance to buy tickets when the ticket sales opened to the general public on April 1, 2013.

What happens if I lose my ticket?
To replace a lost or damaged ticket, contact the Overture Ticket Office at 608-258-4141 or by going directly to the ticket office. Ticket office hours are Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Is my ticket purchase refundable?
Change your Mind Change the World 2013 took place on May 15th, 2013, tickets are non-refundable and all sales are final. Should you have been unable to attend the event you can still watch the Archived Footage of the event for free! 

How do I purchase tickets if I have accessibility needs?
Change your Mind Change the World 2013 took place on May 15th, 2013, accomodations were made for those with accessibility needs.

Event Location

Where is the Overture Center?
The Overture Center is located at 201 State St., Madison, WI 53703. Please see our Event Info section for more information about where the event occured.

When did guests arrive at the event?
For the morning event, doors opened at 7:30 a.m. For the afternoon event, doors opened at 12:00 p.m. We asked that people please arrive early to allow time to pass through security.

Security requirements

What measures were taken to ensure the safety of event attendees?
All guests were required to walk through magnetometers before entering the venue. Guests with special needs (wheel chairs, walkers, canes, pacemakers, O2 bottles, etc.) had a security station to fit their needs.

All guests arrived two (2) hours early to ensure there was enough time to pass through security. The doors to Overture Hall closed 15 minutes prior to the program start time. GUESTS WERE NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER ONCE THE DOORS CLOSED.

What items were permitted at the event?
Items PERMITTED upon entry were:
Bags no larger than 8.5″ x 11″, binoculars, cameras, blankets, jackets, items related to a medical condition, chairbacks (not more than 16″ wide), and diaper bags (with child).

What items were NOT permitted at the event?
Items PROHIBITED upon entry were (including, but not limited to):
Bags larger than 8.5″ x 11″, food, beverages, containers, strollers, laser pointers, umbrellas, banners, flags, signs, noisemakers, weapons, inflatables, laptops, tablets and ipads, video recorders, or any items deemed dangerous or inappropriate.

What happened if a prohibited item was brought to the event?
Guests who failed to follow the security guidlines had two options:

  1. Leave the line and take prohibited property back to their car, home, or office and return to the back of the line.
  2. Surrender the prohibited property. Surrendered property was not be returned.

Transportation and Lodging

How do I get to the Overture Center?
Madison offers a variety of transportation options. Guests are welcome to carpool, take a taxi, walk, bike, or utilize Madison’s public transportation system. Please visit the Overture Center’s transportation page for more information.

Where can I stay when visiting Madison?
Change your Mind Change the World 2013 took place on May 15th, 2013 and the event organizers established room reservations at several Madison area hotels for the event (please see below).