quote-marksMEIK WIKING

CEO of The Happiness Research Institute

“Crazy is not trying. There are people who imagine things and work to make them real – often surrounded by people who say it can´t be done.”

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE A MAVERICK?

“Somebody who believes in his cause or her cause and pursues that idea and don’t, or at least to a very small extent care about what other people think of that.”

MEIK’S BIO

Happiness Research InstituteMeik Wiking is CEO of The Happiness Research Institute an independent think tank focusing on life satisfaction, happiness and quality of life. Their mission is to inform decision makers of the causes and effects of human happiness, make subjective well-being part of the public policy debate, and improve the quality of life for citizens across the world by exploring why some countries, cities, organizations and people are happier than others. It’s all about evaluating and measuring progress in society in a completely different way. Previously Meik has been Project Director at Monday Morning Scandanavia’s leading independent think tank english and also worked at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark and The Danish Red Cross Youth. Meik has recently published his book Happiness Under The Microscope and The Little Book of Hygge.

WHY MEIK WAS INTERVIEWED

I came across Meik and his work as he was presenting The Happy City – A Danish Case Study at the Change Makers Symposium – From Evidence to Action: Inspiring Ideas for Happier Communities. As soon as I read his profile about how he is measuring progress in society in a completely different way approached him as a maverick.  He loved the project and was interested in being part of it. Meik is funny, happy, brave, driven and has been very supportive of thecrazyones.org.

HOW ARE CREATIVITY & INNOVATION RELATED TO BEING A MAVERICK?

“They have a lot to do with each other as a lot of mavericks get their energy from being apart from the crowd; doing something differently, doing something new. And of course, innovation and creativity is the foundation of that.”

IS THERE ANYONE WHO’S A MAVERICK THAT INSPIRES YOU?

The economist  John Halliwell who specializes in well-being, especially in its social context,  and Jan Gehl the Danish architect who specializes in improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist.

KEY LEARN FROM INTERVIEW:

Meik quoted ‘burn the ships’ based Hernán Cortés an explorer landing in South America; he burned the ships so the alternative of going back was erased.

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