As part of our IBIS 2011 (InfoSol’s Business Intelligence Seminar), we are hosting a screening of the movie Happy from Academy Award® Nominated director Roko Belic.  Below is the trailer.

As part of our commitment to our Bii (Business Intelligence Institute) training program, in May after their exams, we welcomed three interns from the Computer Information Systems program at ASU (Arizona State University).  To help them think out of the box we gave two of them a problem for which they had minimal assistance.  We asked them to come up with a dashboard (applying BI technology) that attempted to measure a non-traditional metric of (Happiness).   Why? #1 reason is because it is fun!  And also, because the best way to learn is by doing.

WARNING:  please note that any data you enter in the dashboard that was created is not encrypted and no authentication is used in this current version – so just use a nickname – remember it so you can visit again – and have fun!

It is really inspiring for me to see what Dan Hicks and Joe Pearson were able to accomplish.  Here’s what they said:

“We set out on our mission to measure happiness unsure of what we would discover. Having never created a dashboard before now, we experienced many successes and struggles along the way. Ultimately, we learned a lot through the entire process of coming up with an idea, building the dashboard, and constant testing. It is important to realize that this dashboard and the way happiness is defined is a work in progress.  Happiness can mean many different things to many different people.  The intangibility of this emotion can lead to a lack of recognition.  The goal of our project is to inspire the discussion about often overlooked aspects in the workplace and in life.

“After using the Happy Dashboard, we urge you to further explore the subject.  Here are some links to get started, including a link to the Happy Movie which was our main inspiration.”

The Happy Movie- http://thehappymovie.com/

Oxford Happiness Survey- http://happiness-survey.com/survey/ 

Zenhabits 52 tips for Happiness- http://zenhabits.net/handbook-for-life-52-tips-for-happiness-and-productivity/

Living your life for happiness- http://www.bakadesuyo.com/how-should-you-spend-your-time-in-order-to-in

In no way am I or we (InfoSol) claiming to be experts or even know much about the science of happiness.  I believe that this project is something fun to work on and like Joe and Dan said, a great way to get the conversation started. 

I will update this post with more links and I hope that you will post comments with suggestions to links that you may feel contribute to further discussion on this topic.

About Yolande

Yolande Grill is the COO at InfoSol Inc. "I like to think of myself as the Chief Transformation Officer. My favorite quote to ponder is one from Trina Paulus: 'How Exactly does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so badly, that you are willing to give up being a catterpillar'. I love feeling inspired."

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  1. Curious to see this evolve!