People

Johannes C. Eichstaedt Johannes C. Eichstaedt is a Dean's Scholar and PhD Candidate in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania under Martin Seligman. A former physicist, in 2011 he co-founded and led the World Well-Being Project which is pioneering methods to measure the psychological states of large populations using social media, text mining, and machine learning. His work has shown that geographic variation in heart disease in the U.S. can be predicting using Twitter and has resulted in media attention around the world, including The New Yorker, Washington Post and The Onion. He was elected a 2014 Emerging Leader in Science & Society by the American Association for Advancement of Science & Society by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is currently is working with governments and international organizations to measure population well-being and health cheaply unobtrusively through social media.  

Johannes C. Eichstaedt

Johannes C. Eichstaedt is a Dean's Scholar and PhD Candidate in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania under Martin Seligman. A former physicist, in 2011 he co-founded and led the World Well-Being Project which is pioneering methods to measure the psychological states of large populations using social media, text mining, and machine learning. His work has shown that geographic variation in heart disease in the U.S. can be predicting using Twitter and has resulted in media attention around the world, including The New Yorker, Washington Post and The Onion. He was elected a 2014 Emerging Leader in Science & Society by the American Association for Advancement of Science & Society by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is currently is working with governments and international organizations to measure population well-being and health cheaply unobtrusively through social media.  

Shelly Farnham Shelly D. Farnham, Ph.D is the founder and Executive Director of Third Place Technologies. She is a leading expert in community technology R&D, with over 15 years of experience as an innovator in world class industry research organizations including Microsoft Research and Yahoo!, and as a founder and consultant for startups. In the past five years, her work has focused on how to leverage social media and open data to foster civic engagement in local communities, and she founded Third Place Technologies to bring her expertise in community technologies to the non-profit sector. (Learn more from her biographical statement and CV). Their current focus is on their civic networking web application, Spokin, which provides place-based communities with tools to increase self awareness, self-efficacy, and the ability to connect around local issues -- including a community analytics dashboard and a Community Well-Being Index.

Shelly Farnham

Shelly D. Farnham, Ph.D is the founder and Executive Director of Third Place Technologies. She is a leading expert in community technology R&D, with over 15 years of experience as an innovator in world class industry research organizations including Microsoft Research and Yahoo!, and as a founder and consultant for startups. In the past five years, her work has focused on how to leverage social media and open data to foster civic engagement in local communities, and she founded Third Place Technologies to bring her expertise in community technologies to the non-profit sector. (Learn more from her biographical statement and CV). Their current focus is on their civic networking web application, Spokin, which provides place-based communities with tools to increase self awareness, self-efficacy, and the ability to connect around local issues -- including a community analytics dashboard and a Community Well-Being Index.

Seth Geiser Seth Geiser is currently a program and policy specialist for the Seattle Department of Transportation. He oversees the development and management of right-of-way activation programs including pedestrian streets, festival streets, play streets, and parklets/streateries. He previously worked with The Happy City Lab and Seattle’s Design Commission. His work focuses on experimental public space design and reimagining how streets can be used through community and business-led activation. He is a firm believer that happiness and well-being should be core, unifying goals of planning and design, and not just pleasant byproducts. He also thinks people should take design into their own hands, if others won’t do it for them.

Seth Geiser

Seth Geiser is currently a program and policy specialist for the Seattle Department of Transportation. He oversees the development and management of right-of-way activation programs including pedestrian streets, festival streets, play streets, and parklets/streateries. He previously worked with The Happy City Lab and Seattle’s Design Commission.

His work focuses on experimental public space design and reimagining how streets can be used through community and business-led activation. He is a firm believer that happiness and well-being should be core, unifying goals of planning and design, and not just pleasant byproducts. He also thinks people should take design into their own hands, if others won’t do it for them.

 
Laura Musikanski Laura Musikanski is executive director the Happiness Alliance (happycounts.org). Prior to that she was the executive director of Sustainable Seattle and sustainability director for a national firm. She has focused her career on sustainability indicators with the passionate belief that you get what you measure, and that it's time to measure and manage for the well-being of people and the planet. The Happiness Alliance is a deeply grassroots volunteer project that captured Laura's heart when working in the sustainability field.  Laura deeply believes in the need and importance of grassroots activism for social change. Laura is a lawyer with an MBA and author of "How to Account for Sustainability: a guide to measuring and managing." and "Decoding Sustainability." When not working in the happiness movement, she cares for her grandson and does her artwork. 

Laura Musikanski

Laura Musikanski is executive director the Happiness Alliance (happycounts.org). Prior to that she was the executive director of Sustainable Seattle and sustainability director for a national firm. She has focused her career on sustainability indicators with the passionate belief that you get what you measure, and that it's time to measure and manage for the well-being of people and the planet. The Happiness Alliance is a deeply grassroots volunteer project that captured Laura's heart when working in the sustainability field.  Laura deeply believes in the need and importance of grassroots activism for social change. Laura is a lawyer with an MBA and author of "How to Account for Sustainability: a guide to measuring and managing." and "Decoding Sustainability." When not working in the happiness movement, she cares for her grandson and does her artwork. 

Joel Fariss Joel is a postdisciplinary design and strategy leader who has spent the last eight years helping startups, government, NGOs, and fortune 500 companies design their future during time of uncertainty and transformation. He currently works for the global design firm Gensler, working with clients to design cultural structures, engaging environments, and operating models that drive innovation and human flourishing. Previous to his work at Gensler, he worked for the Seattle Mayor's Office of Policy & Innovation where his imperative was to be productively disruptive and develop new approaches to addressing community wellbeing and social inequity. The influence of his work has been highlighted by Wired Magazine, The Urbanist, and FastCo.

Joel Fariss

Joel is a postdisciplinary design and strategy leader who has spent the last eight years helping startups, government, NGOs, and fortune 500 companies design their future during time of uncertainty and transformation.

He currently works for the global design firm Gensler, working with clients to design cultural structures, engaging environments, and operating models that drive innovation and human flourishing.

Previous to his work at Gensler, he worked for the Seattle Mayor's Office of Policy & Innovation where his imperative was to be productively disruptive and develop new approaches to addressing community wellbeing and social inequity.

The influence of his work has been highlighted by Wired Magazine, The Urbanist, and FastCo.

Ethan Schaffer Ethan Schaffer is the Chief Strategy Officer of Consider.It, a web forum that elevates your community's opinions. The civic engagement platform is currently being used to help the City of Seattle engage in a more productive public discussion around housing affordability.

Ethan Schaffer

Ethan Schaffer is the Chief Strategy Officer of Consider.It, a web forum that elevates your community's opinions. The civic engagement platform is currently being used to help the City of Seattle engage in a more productive public discussion around housing affordability.

 
Ian Macek Ian is a Transportation Planner at Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), with over a decade of experience working in transportation planning and urban design. He manages projects focused on citywide modal master planning; bicycle, pedestrian, and freight design; and multimodal corridor development. Prior to SDOT, he was the State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Ian is committed to redefining how we use our transportation right-of-way to provide safe transportation options, and create healthy, livable cities.

Ian Macek

Ian is a Transportation Planner at Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), with over a decade of experience working in transportation planning and urban design. He manages projects focused on citywide modal master planning; bicycle, pedestrian, and freight design; and multimodal corridor development. Prior to SDOT, he was the State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Ian is committed to redefining how we use our transportation right-of-way to provide safe transportation options, and create healthy, livable cities.

Afra Mashhadi Afra Mashhadi is a research scientist in the field  of Computational Social Science where she leverages data mining techniques to uncover human behavioural patterns and design human-centric systems based on the aforementioned traits. In particular her main focus is on CrowdSensing which refers to the data collection methodology where information is gathered from the participants through either explicit CROWD-sourcing or implicit pervasive infrastructural SENsing. She has applied this methodology to big urban datasets in order to understand more about cities and citizens and more recently to the workplace environment. Results of her research have been published in top-tier conferences (WSDM, CHI, CSCW, Ubicomp, ICWSM) and journals. Afra received her Doctorate of Philosophy degree from University College London, where she also worked as a post-doc prior to her senior research scientist appointment in Nokia Bell Labs. She is an honorary member of UCL staff, an e-Science UW affiliate and serves as an advocate for women in computing as part of N2Women Board.

Afra Mashhadi

Afra Mashhadi is a research scientist in the field  of Computational Social Science where she leverages data mining techniques to uncover human behavioural patterns and design human-centric systems based on the aforementioned traits. In particular her main focus is on CrowdSensing which refers to the data collection methodology where information is gathered from the participants through either explicit CROWD-sourcing or implicit pervasive infrastructural SENsing. She has applied this methodology to big urban datasets in order to understand more about cities and citizens and more recently to the workplace environment. Results of her research have been published in top-tier conferences (WSDM, CHI, CSCW, Ubicomp, ICWSM) and journals.

Afra received her Doctorate of Philosophy degree from University College London, where she also worked as a post-doc prior to her senior research scientist appointment in Nokia Bell Labs. She is an honorary member of UCL staff, an e-Science UW affiliate and serves as an advocate for women in computing as part of N2Women Board.

Rob Abbot Rob believes humans can come into a truly life-sustaining relationship with the rest of the Earth community. Fueled by this core belief, he has devoted most of his life to studying human-environment interactions; consulting to businesses and organizations worldwide working to reduce the impacts of industrial society on the environment; and proposing alternative structures and processes to create wealth and well being with a lighter ecological footprint. More recently, Rob’s focus has further evolved to an emphasis on shifting human consciousness with respect to our place in the human and more than human worlds.  Within this context, there are three key pillars to his work: (1) Sustaining or enhancing quality of life within the limits of nature; (2) Helping to shape the human soul toward its fulfillment in its unity with the universe; and (3) Creating financial, social, cultural and spiritual wealth and wellbeing without eroding the aesthetic and productive capacity of natural capital for humans and the more than human world.  Rob has worked in academia, government, the non-profit and private sectors, nationally and internationally.  

Rob Abbot

Rob believes humans can come into a truly life-sustaining relationship with the rest of the Earth community.
Fueled by this core belief, he has devoted most of his life to studying human-environment interactions; consulting to businesses and organizations worldwide working to reduce the impacts of industrial society on the environment; and proposing alternative structures and processes to create wealth and well being with a lighter ecological footprint. More recently, Rob’s focus has further evolved to an emphasis on shifting human consciousness with respect to our place in the human and more than human worlds.  Within this context, there are three key pillars to his work: (1) Sustaining or enhancing quality of life within the limits of nature; (2) Helping to shape the human soul toward its fulfillment in its unity with the universe; and (3) Creating financial, social, cultural and spiritual wealth and wellbeing without eroding the aesthetic and productive capacity of natural capital for humans and the more than human world. 
Rob has worked in academia, government, the non-profit and private sectors, nationally and internationally.
 


Organizations

UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

  Spirit Bay Developments Spirit Bay a seaside village designed to promote human happiness. Woven into the seaside landscape on the south coast of Vancouver Island is a vibrant, close-knit, sustainable community – Spirit Bay.  Here, the community works in harmony with the natural environment, where every building, road and pathway promotes human interaction, and where the site provides unprecedented access to the ocean.

 

Spirit Bay Developments

Spirit Bay a seaside village designed to promote human happiness. Woven into the seaside landscape on the south coast of Vancouver Island is a vibrant, close-knit, sustainable community – Spirit Bay.  Here, the community works in harmony with the natural environment, where every building, road and pathway promotes human interaction, and where the site provides unprecedented access to the ocean.

 
    The Trust for Sustainable Development The Trust for Sustainable Development is an inter-disciplinary group of professionals based in Victoria, BC, Canada committed to envisioning, designing and building sustainable communities (towns and buildings). A small core staff works full-time at the Trust in research, education and project pre-development. The founder of the Trust, David Butterfield has guided his TSD team through a cutting-edge process combining in-depth scientific, economic, social and financial analysis with extensive public and government consultation, making him one of the world's prominent experts in "sustainable community development" technology. The Trust has planned, designed, and with development partners, financed and built several highly successful projects ranging from brownfield re-development to sustainable New Towns.

 

 

The Trust for Sustainable Development

The Trust for Sustainable Development is an inter-disciplinary group of professionals based in Victoria, BC, Canada committed to envisioning, designing and building sustainable communities (towns and buildings). A small core staff works full-time at the Trust in research, education and project pre-development.

The founder of the Trust, David Butterfield has guided his TSD team through a cutting-edge process combining in-depth scientific, economic, social and financial analysis with extensive public and government consultation, making him one of the world's prominent experts in "sustainable community development" technology.

The Trust has planned, designed, and with development partners, financed and built several highly successful projects ranging from brownfield re-development to sustainable New Towns.

 
Seattle CityClub We engage 47,000 Washingtonians with each other and their communities through programs that bridge politics, professions and generations. Our mission is to inform, connect and engage the public to strengthen the civic health of our region. It’s our vision that, along with natural wonder, innovative business and vibrant culture, the Puget Sound region is defined by informed citizens engaged with their leaders in effective democracy.

Seattle CityClub

We engage 47,000 Washingtonians with each other and their communities through programs that bridge politics, professions and generations.

Our mission is to inform, connect and engage the public to strengthen the civic health of our region. It’s our vision that, along with natural wonder, innovative business and vibrant culture, the Puget Sound region is defined by informed citizens engaged with their leaders in effective democracy.