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ASU community forum to examine quality of life issues

ASU’s Community Well-Being Collaborative will present “An Interdisciplinary Dialogue for Improving Arizona’s Quality of Life and Livability” Dec. 6-7 on the downtown Phoenix campus.

 

ASU’s Community Well-Being Collaborative will present “An Interdisciplinary Dialogue for Improving Arizona’s Quality of Life and Livability” Dec. 6-7 on ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus.

This free event will provide an interactive forum for exploring the economic, societal and health dimensions of community well-being.

“We will actively explore an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the conditions for what makes Arizona and our communities ‘happy’,” said Dale Larsen, a professor of practice with the School of Community Resources and Development within the College of Public Programs.

“Our intent is to gather noted community practitioners, leaders, advocates, researchers and students who are genuinely interested in community well-being and quality of life issues,” Larsen added.

ASU’s Community Well-Being Collaborative is sponsored by the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and the Morrison Institute of Public Policy, within the College of Public Programs, and the Institute for Humanities Research, with special thanks to Barrett, The Honors College.

The program agenda will include:

Thursday, December 6 - A.E. England Building

4 - 5:30 p.mPoster presentation session presented on topics of happiness and community well-being by  Barrett, the Honors College students and graduate students from the doctoral program in Community Resources and Development within the College of Public programs.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Reception, sponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research Social Innovation and Community Development Research Cluster.

5:30 – 7 p.m. Honors Lecture Series Downtown- The Global Happiness Movement: Taking it personally, taking it to your community, taking it to the White House.
Laura Musikanski, Executive Director, The Happiness Initiative, Seattle, Washington www.happycounts.org

Friday, December 7 – The Mercado Center, Building A, Room A225 

9 a.m. Overview of the Day’s Activities

9:15 a.m. Changing Demographics - Andrea Whitsett, Morrison Institute for Public Policy

9:45 a.m. Round table discussions on the seven featured topics: Healthy Lifestyles –Open Spaces and Parks; Economic Development; Civic Engagement for Effective Governance; Bridging Environmental Knowledge and Public Policy; Downtown Livability; Measuring Community Well-Being; and Cultural Competency and Quality of Life.

10:45 a.m. Break

11 a.m.  Open dialogue, tables report to the larger group

Noon  Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Jonathan Koppell, Dean, ASU College of Public Programs

Where do we go from here?

1:30 p.m. Close and call to action

Visit the Barrett, the Honors College website for more information or to register for the lecture.

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