Partnership with Sobey’s School of Business

The Happy Community Project has partnered with Sobey’s School of Business.

 

The Happy Community Project generates ideas for how we can make communities stronger and more socially connected. Ideas are cheap, they only count if they are put into action. And so the Happy Community Project creates Action Groups that take great ideas and turns them into projects where people can do things together.

The Partnership Makes Projects Financially Sustainable

Some projects require financial support and the best ones are when they are financially sustainable. In this way, the project is not dependent on handouts, but generates its own revenues.

The Sobey’s School of Business has partnered with the Happy Community Project to create financially sustainable Action Projects. Sobey’s School of Business uses a process that takes an idea from general concept to a profitable business. They call the process PIPELINE.

How It Works

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A Good Idea Picks Up Steam

The goal of the Happy Community Project has always been to scale up the process so any community anywhere in the world will have access to it. To do this, we have been making some important strategic partnerships.

The process of the Happy Community creates Action Groups where citizens get to know each other by doing things together. What better way to do this than in a financially sustainable and entrepreneurial way.

The Sobeys School of Business has partnered with the Happy Community project to bring their Pipeline process to all our Happy Community Project. This is a great opportunity where Ross Arsenault and Carl Archer of Saint Mary’s University bring resources, skills and ideas to create entrepreneurial solutions for social problems.  In the process, the community has great new resources to come together around. We are proud and excited to launch the Pipeline initiative this fall in our Happy Community Projects.

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What is Happening at Happy Community Projects

As summer slows down, the Happy Community Project picks up speed. The goal of the Happy Community Project is to enable every community to develop the foundation for Happiness, no matter what happens.

Hurricane Harvey in Texas, brush fires in California, forest fires in British Columbia and Manitoba all show us the limitations of depending on government and other NGOs to solve our problems. They also show us our capacity to take care of each other and our inherent instincts to do so.

This ability to take care of each other becomes stronger

When we practice looking out for each other every day in our daily lives, our communities become stronger and more resilient. That is what the Happy Community Project is about. We create simple projects where people can do things together with and for each other.

So Here is What is happening in the Happy Community Project.

Sackville is launching the Plant Exchange

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Montreal has Changed

I was blown away by how Montreal has changed to be a happier community.

My first trip to Montreal was for Expo 67 and I have been there many dozens of times since. In the 70’s and early 80’s, I was treated with rudeness and distain as Quebec struggled with identity insecurity, FLQ and separation. As an English speaking person, I was often refused service in stores and looked upon with disdain. In the later 80’s and 90’s as Quebec grew more confident in its own sense of self, people were more eager to take my money, but looked at me with ‘what do I have to do with their own pleasure’, and if the answer was nothing, then I again received a sense of coldness and rudeness. This wasn’t directed solely to me because I was English, but was more of a general attitude no matter whether I was a citizen or a visitor. . This showed up in … Read the rest

Brilliance is Simple

Brilliance is finding a simple way of making an important difference.

The Happy Community Project has launched two new projects and the Happy Community Radio Show. Each are making a big difference in their own way. Even though it is summer, lots is happening in the Happy Community Project.

Sackville has just launched the Garden Exchange Project.

The Garden Exchange Project is a creative new Action Project that brings people together in a fun and ongoing way. Community members will come to an event in early September (date to be confirmed) where they will receive a free herb planting and have access to expert gardener Dave McLearn. Dave is an amazing man who can make growing anything simple and easy for anybody. In the following months, people will have the opportunity to come together for an herbal exchange. At the herbal exchange, members of the community can share their herbs and other growings with each other, make new friends and

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June 27th meeting defines new youth projects

We had a fantastic open house event last week which has created even more momentum for the Sackville Happy Community Project. We created a short video of the event . I invite you to share this video and let the world know what we are doing.

 I have shared this video with several other organizations and professionals who are impressed with what we have accomplished so far. As a result, St Mary’s University has invited us to start the process for finding opportunities to collaborate with their students and professors and my first meeting with them is next week.

The Sackville Happy Community Project team had a follow up meeting to the Open House Event this last Wednesday to look at what is next. There were several opportunities that came up for creating projects that can bring citizens of Sackville together.

 Randolph White of the Sackville Library attended this meeting. Randolph works with Sackville Youth and particularly youth in the Read the rest

Sackvilles official public launch

The Sackville Happy Community Project is being recognized by academics, professionals and citizens as doing something very special. The citizens of Sackville have decided that their already strong and vibrant community can become even stronger. They are doing this by reaching out to citizens and inviting them to participate in fun and constructive projects together. In doing so, they are increasing the number and strength of social connections across the diversity of their community. Research consistently shows that the stronger these connections are, the more wellbeing and resiliency a community has.

Sackville has embraced this concept and is building a stronger, happier and more resilient community.

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The Happy Community Project is made of many collaborations

The Happy Community Project continues to gain momentum

New communities are starting up, third party organizations are taking an interest in us, and most importantly, real projects are getting launched – projects that bring people together as a community.

The foundational idea is that communities that are highly socially connected across diversity enjoy a greater sense of belonging, meaning, sufficiency, security and fairness – the fundamentals for a contented life. I recently had a meeting with Anne who captured our goals beautifully. “I used to be able to walk our streets and meet people I knew – it used to be a social event. Now people don’t walk, they drive up to the store they want, and if they do walk, they have their head down and you don’t get a chance to make those connections. I want people to remember how important those accidental connections are to their wellbeing. We used to know and now we have forgotten.”

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Happy Community Project is now a Reality

We now have three Happy Community Projects.

 It started as a BHAG idea in January. The goal is to create a process where every community can increase their capacity for wellbeing and resiliency. In only 4 months the Happy Community Project has grown to 3 communities and has taken on a life of its own. There is hope that we can all live in a Happy Community and shape our own destinies.

In the last couple of weeks lots has happened. We are staring a new Happy Community Project in Halifax’s Hydrostone North, Sackville is implementing Action Groups that are bringing citizens together, Windsor is reaching out across demographics and we are launching our weekly radio show. Not bad for a crazy idea that our communities can be about happiness.

Here is some of what has happened at what seems like the speed of light.

Hydrostone North Happy Community Project is launching .

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The Happy Community Gets Stronger

The Happy Community Project continues to gain energy and momentum.

It’s thrilling to be part of making the world a happier place. There is so much happening, so much energy and so much interest.

97.5FM Community Radio has offered us a ½ hour weekly show.

On the Happy Community show, we can put life to the principles that make communities happy and talk about the real-world experiences of communities that are embracing their own Happy Community Project. We will be broadcasting to 400 thousand listeners around the world.  Be sure to stay tuned in.

The Sackville Community Project is moving into high gear.

On April 5th the Sackville Happy Community Project made two important decisions.

·         They decided to build a network that connects every citizen in Sackville to the Happy Community Project.

·         They partnered a shared objective with the Sackville Community Food Garden to piloy the Happy Community Project way of doing things to strengthen Read the rest