John C. Havens, Founder of the H(app)athon Project

/// John C. Havens, Founder of the H(app)athon Project

April 21, 2013  |  NGE

John C. Havens is Founder of the H(app)athon Project, a contributing writer for Mashable, and author of, Hacking H(app)iness (Tarcher/Penguin, 2014). Havens was EVP of Social Media at Porter Novelli, led business development for, was the first Guide to Podcasting and has advised clients on social/emerging media like Gillette, Merck, HP, Monster, and P&G.  He is the author of Tactical Transparency: How Leaders Can Leverage Social Media to Maximize Value and Build their Brand, a former professional actor and current blues musician.

For more information: The H(app)athon Project, John on Linked In, John on Twitter,John’s Speaker’s Bureau Website.

The H(app)athon Project

The Vision of The H(app)athon Project is Connecting Happiness to Action, done by helping people leverage the mobile sensors in their smartphones to identify what brings them meaning in their lives. The Project has created a survey that is complemented by tools that track action and behavior in a private data environment. By analyzing a person’s answers and data, the Project provides users with a Personal Happiness Indicator Score (PHI), a representation of their core strengths much like a Myers-Briggs personality description.

After taking the survey a person is matched to an activity that will optimize their well being or to an organization that reflects their PHI Score in a form of data-driven micro-volunteerism. There’s a great deal of science documenting that action and altruism increase happiness. The H(app)athon Project is simply identifying where people already find meaning in their lives to help connect them to ways to get happier while helping others.  H(app)athon has partnered with the City of Somerville, MA to pilot their technology in the Fall of 2013 as Somerville is the only US City to utilize Happiness Indicator metrics (like those created by Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Metrics).  The goal of the Project is to increase transparent civic engagement based on well-being, city by city, nation by nation as a way to move BeyondGDP, and create a future based on transparency and metrics that focus on worth over wealth.

The Project is guided by a Committee of over thirty experts from organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum,, Intel, Microsoft, and MIT, UPENN, and The University of Cambridge and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and USA Today.  Dozens of H(app)athon Workshops have taken place in multiple cities in the US and abroad in London, Tokyo, Oslo, Bogota, Lisbon, and Bhutan, with the next workshop planned for Dubai in September at the annual SWIFT Conference. The H(app)athon Project is also launching their first annual, H(app)econ Conference on March 20, 2014 in NYC, focusing on the intersection of positive psychology, emerging digital technology, and economics.

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