Simon Fraser University

Choosing the Happy City, with Charles Montgomery
March 26, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Goldcorp Center for the Arts
149 West Hastings, Vancouver
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For years, self-help experts have told us that we need to do inner work in order to improve our lives. But new insights in psychology, economics and brain science suggest that our cities themselves have the power to make or break our happiness. In his new book, Happy City, Charles Montgomery shows how urban systems shape our emotions and behaviour in ways most of us never recognize. Can we build transportation systems that maximize future happiness in Metro Vancouver? It won’t be easy: In the complex modern world, humans have proved not to be experts at what economists call “maximizing utility”— or choosing what’s actually best for us. But there is hope. Montgomery will offer a powerful new vision of city life and novel strategies for how to get there.