The H(app)athon CommitteeA Direction for Big DataMeeting One - Preparation Deck
Why We’re HereThe World Doesn’t Know How to Measure Happiness.That’s why we’re here. Everyone on this Committee is dedicated to helping people improve their well-being in one form or another. Some of us are technology experts, some are happiness/well-beingexperts, and some have unique skills that complement these themes.Our goal is to see if we can ﬁnd a simple way to help people measure and report their well-being usingmobile technology or other tools. Whether we create a H(app)y Index, an app, or have a differentoutcome, the results of our work will hopefully tell a compelling story to inspire and educate.
IntroductionThis presentation is designed as a pre-read for our ﬁrst call.
Committee Members are asked only to jointhree conference calls over the course ofthree-four months.Participation beyond those calls is welcomein Working Groups, but not required. Thereis no ﬁscal requirement for the Committee.
Hyperbole-ciousOur ﬁrst call together is about dreaming big.Is it audacious to think we can create anExperiment that measures well-being aroundmultiple metrics via mobile tools? Yup. Is therestandardization around Big Data, QuantiﬁedSelf, Augmented Reality, the science ofHappiness/Well-Being, or how we couldimplement such an Experiment? No!So let’s celebrate this challenge with this amazinggroup of people and use this ﬁrst call to beaspirational, explorative, and perchance evenunrealistic.As a reminder, a primary objective of thisExperiment is to create Awareness aroundthese issues, so let’s not get caught up in speciﬁcmethodologies or implementation.At least until Call Two.
Guiding Principles for H(app)athon-Live an Examined Life-Big Data Needs Direction
Committee Members (as of 10/12/2012)John C. Havens (Chair, Founder). Founder, Transitional Media. Author, H(app)y - The Value of WellBeing in the Digital Economy (Tarcher/Penguin, 2014). Contributing writer for Mashable.David Richeson. Chief Digital Ofﬁcer, Kaplow PR. Davids blog - 360DegreeSuccess.Howard Greenstein. President, Harbrooke Group.Joshua Middleman. Director of Partnerships, Ashoka Changemakers.Laura Musikanski. Co-Founder, The Happiness Initiative.Stewart Townsend. Head, Business Development at DataSift.Kat Houghton. Co-founder & Research Director at ilimivu.Ernesto Ramirez. Community Organizer, Quantiﬁed Self.Amber Melhouse. Director, Business Development at Rakuten LinkShare Corporation.Stan Stalnaker. Founding Director, Hub Culture LTD, Creator of VEN currency.J.P. Rangaswami. Chief Scientist, Salesforce. JPs blog - Confused of Calcutta.John Clippinger. Founder, ID3. Executive Director, MIT Media Lab Human Dynamics Group.Tim Leberecht. CMO, frog. Tims blog - Elektroniker.Eiji Han Shimizu. Producer, Happy the movie.Nic Marks. Founder, Centre for Well-Being at NEF. Author, The Happiness Manifesto (TED).Jonathan Hall. United Nations Development ProgramScott L. David. Executive Director, Law, Technology and Arts Group at the University of Washington.William Hoffman. Director, World Economic Forums Telecommunications Industry Group.Thanassis Rikakis.Vice Provost, Design, Arts and Technology at Carnegie Mellon University.
1) Raise awareness on the scienceand beneﬁts of GNH/well-being2) Raise awareness on howemerging technology affects identity3) Provide an Experiment for peopleto test these metrics4) Proactively promote results asgoal-setting recommendations forgovernment, NGO, and privatesectors to improve their lives andthe world at large.
1) No universal standardsfor the measurement ofwell-being/happiness.2) No universal standardsfor QS, IOT or Big Data.3) Adoption of apps/newbehavior is challenging.4) This type of Experiment isnew, and some fear change.
The information that follows is offered as ateaching tool for our ﬁrst CommitteeCall. It is general in nature, and designedto get us all on the same page for ourdiscussions.I’ve created a survey to get everyone’sinitial thoughts on various issues, but byand large, our work will likely take us onone of three general paths:1. High Concept/Top Down. OurExperiment generates data that could helpinform policy of some kind, at some level.2. Crowdsourced/Bottom Up. OurExperiment gets a number of peopletesting to generate in-the-ﬁeld results.3. A combination of #1 and #2.
Quantiﬁed SelfQS is a term coined by Kevin Kelly andGary Wolf of WIRED. It refers to thepractice of measuring behavior in aneffort to better understand one’shealth, sleep, or other traits that canbe tracked.For our purposes, there are numerousexisting apps that measure well-beingor mood/happiness. We couldincorporate these into our Experimentor test them to see which would bestdovetail with our work.Note for any partner we reach out to,we will feature their work as thanksfor their participation in our Project.MoodPanda lets users create a graphicalMood Diary and compare it to others.
Saga tracks and learns your behavior.Quantiﬁed Self Sensors + GPS gauge actions which are pushed to social networks.
The Human Face of Big Data is an app that lets youpersonalize information about yourself via a lushvisual format and see others like you in the world. Quantiﬁed Self
Ilimivu is a patient-centered software platformdesigned to capture rich, multimodal behavioralstreams through user engagement. Quantiﬁed Self
Internet of Things / Big DataThe Internet of Things refers to the idea of sensors being embedded in the objects around us.Big Data refers to the notion of overwhelming amounts of disparate information streamsconverging without a common metric of measurement. The two trends are often comparedas IOT sensors provide a unique layer of data to measure in comparison to human action.
This diagram by Cisco shows the evolution andInternet of Things growth of the Internet of things by 2020.
Big DataThis graphic created byCloud Tweaks gives asense of how muchinformation istransmitted via big data.The numbers you seehere were estimatesbased on activity duringthe 2012 SummerOlympics in London.
Augmented RealityAugmented Reality is a technology that overlays digital data on a screen. Visual markers cueimages to appear and can be placed anywhere in virtual reality, or what some call the“Outernet” (as compared to the Internet). Sight is a ﬁctional ﬁlm showing how AugmentedReality might be utilized when connected to social networks and predictive technology.
Augmented RealityViewdle is an existing technology recently purchased by Google that combines facialrecognition technology and Augmented Reality. Hold your phone up to someone’s face,see their latest post. Combined with Google’s Project Glass (inset), this means peoplecan put down phones and track others in real time. This tracking could also includemoods and well-being. Crossing this tech with QS apps means you might see peopleframed by a color showing their mood, or a visual icon telling you to leave them alone.
Gross National HappinessGross National Happiness (GNH), an idea generated in the Kingdom of Bhutan, has inspiredthe United Nations and multiple other organizations to challenge standard metrics ofsuccess based largely on ﬁscal wealth. While the metrics around GNH and theirimplementation in Bhutan are being challenged, this concept of raising the economic andholistic value of well-being to global levels has become a lasting trend.
Gross National HappinessRobert Kennedy also believedthe concept of GDP was ﬂawed.In his speech delivered at theUniversity of Kansas in 1968 hesaid the following:“Too much and for too long we seemed to have surrendered personalexcellence and community values in the mere accumulation of materialthings...Yet the Gross National Product does not allow for the health of ourchildren, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It measureseverything, in short, except that which makes living worthwhile.”
The Happiness InitiativePeople may understandably thinkyou can’t measure happiness.The emotional state ofhappiness may be ﬂeeting andsubjective but the metricsaround well-being and“ﬂourishing” have quantitativeand scientiﬁc methodologies fordata collection.The results of a surveyconducted by The HappinessInitiative demonstrate ten areasof Happiness measured viaobjective survey data.
The Happy Planet IndexIt’s not all about you.Happiness and well-being need to beperceived as economic indicators ofsuccess, especially in regards to ourplanet. Not including metrics inregards to well-being and theenvironment means not consideringthe best use of resources or planningeffectively for the future.The Happy Planet Index, created byNic Marks for the New EconomicsFoundation, ranked 151 countries forits 2012 report, and “measures...theextent to which countries deliverlong, happy, sustainable lives for thepeople who live in them, and usesglobal data on life expectancy,experienced well being and EcologicalFootprint” for their calculations.
The Happy MovieSelf-awareness is a key to happiness, say the scientists and other experts interviewed for theaward-winning documentary, Happy. Money, however is not. As noted in an interview inForbes with director, Roko Belic:“Income has risen steadily over the last 50 years, but happiness has not. Researchers saymaking $50,000 a year versus $50 million will not greatly impact happiness levels. ‘I wasculturally trained to believe in certain truths and laws: good grades lead to a prestigiouscollege, which leads to a high-paying job, a nice house, and ultimate happiness,’ says Belic. ‘I’vebeen trained to focus on the wrong things.’” The ﬁlm documents ways that this training can bereversed in multiple ways, including exercise, gratitude and compassion.
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