Return on Humanity: Can Impact Be Measured?

Despite ever-increasing talk of positive “impact” by corporations, there is not a universal definition or set of standards for verifying institutional impact. This weekend’s Summit Institute Lab invites you to work with our partners Leaps by Bayer and the Happiness Research Institute to develop scientifically-backed metrics for measuring organizational effects on the planet and its people. Axel Bouchon, Head of Leaps by Bayer, a research arm aimed at supporting paradigm-shifting advances in the life sciences, will join Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, an independent think tank exploring why some societies are happier than others, along with Danielle Krettek, founder of Google’s Empathy Lab to discuss the quest to define a “Return on Humanity.”

Axel Bouchon is a biochemist, neuroscientist and serial entrepreneur. He leads Leaps by Bayer, a novel investment vehicle designed to enable fundamental breakthroughs for mankind in the area of bioscience and technology.

Meik Wiking is the CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, Research Associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness, and member of the policy advisory group for the Global Happiness Policy Report. 

He holds degree in business and political science. In addition, he is a New York Times and The Times bestselling author and his books are translated into more than 35 languages.

Danielle Krettek is the Founder of Google's Empathy Lab. She is an award-winning creative force with work across design, technology, film, art, architecture and social impact. Having worked for Nike (W+K), Apple and Google [X], Danielle has brought vibrant humanity, beauty, and emotion to products for nearly 20 years.

In 2015, she launched Google's Empathy Lab to design more emotionally connected and human-kind experiences. She believes design feeling is the new design thinking and is on a bright-hearted mission to bring deep humanity to AI.  She's shared stories from the path on a wide variety of stages, from Sundance to SXSW to MIT. Her personal sources of rocket fuel are modern art, film, neuroscience, indigenous medicine, mysticism and sixties culture. Naturally, her spirit animal is equal parts Ram Dass, Stevie Nicks, Spike Jonze and Oprah.


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