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Presentation Meike Bartels: The Metamorphosis towards a happiness doctrine

Thijs Pepping
December 16, 2022

At our Executive Summit in Dublin 12 thought leaders shared their perspectives on the theme of Metamorphosis*. We recorded the best sessions to share with you. This week it’s Meike Bartels’ story: Bartels is professor in Genetics and Wellbeing at the VU University in Amsterdam, better known as the ‘Happiness professor’. She sees happiness more as a catalyzer than an end point. It makes you wonder what and how happiness can catalyze within the organisation. Based on scientific research Meike Bartels will plead for a radical change for organizations and the whole economy: happiness as a doctrine, replacing the old and obsolete world views.

*About the theme ‘Metamorphosis’: For many of us, life seems to have been on hold for nearly two years. The pandemic has forced organizations to rethink every aspect of their business, embracing a new level of creativity to adapt to this new world.

With this, we should not be surprised that some organizations will emerge from this crisis stronger, more agile, more creative, and more resilient than ever before. It is similar to the metamorphosis of a caterpillar transforming into a fluttering butterfly: change can bring a beautiful, new beginning.

What lessons has the crisis taught us?

What are the prerequisites for success in the post-pandemic era?

How is technology enabling this reinvention?

About the author

Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Thijs Pepping is a humanistic trend analyst in the field of new technologies. He is part of the think tank within SogetiLabs and in his work he continuously wonders and analyses what the impact of New Technologies is on our lives, organizations and society. He specialized in Humanistic Counselling and Education at the University of Humanistics in Utrecht and worked for five years with autistic chi

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