Program

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24th
HILTON HOTEL
8:00 hrs. Registration
9:00 hrs. Opening Ceremony

Aristóteles Sandoval - Governor of the state of Jalisco.
Juan Carlos Lastiri Quirós - Undersecretary of Planning, Evaluation and Regional Development. (SEDESOL)
Eduardo Sojo - Board President of the National Institute of Geography and Statistics (INEGI).
Gonzalo Hernández Licona - Executive Secretary of Mexico’s National Evaluation Council (Coneval).
Moira Paz-Estenssoro - Representative in México of the Development Bank of Latin America - CAF.
Gerardo Corrochano - World Bank Director for Colombia and Mexico.
Mercedes Aráoz - Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank in Mexico.
Erick Vittrup - UN-Habitat Resident Representative in Mexico.
Marco Mira - Director of the Statistics and Progress Assessment of the OECD.
Rodolfo de la Torre - Head of the Research in Human Development in Mexico Bureau from the UNDP.
10:50 hrs. Coffee-break
11:00 hrs. Well-being, where is it headed?
International trends on well-being and development policies.


This session presents new and different ways of understanding and assessing quality of life and development in the world resulting in new perspectives for policy making from international and national realm. Speakers:
  1. John Helliwell.Canada.
    Editor of the World Happiness Report.

  2. Meik Wiking. Denmark.
    Director of the Happiness Research Institute.

  3. Rodolfo de la Torre. Mexico.
    Head of the Research on Human Development in Mexico Bureau from the UNDP.

  4. Gonzalo Hernández. Mexico.
    Executive Secretary of Mexico’s National Evaluation Council (CONEVAL).

  5. Erik Vittrup. Denmark.
    UN-Habitat Resident Representative in Mexico.

13:00 hrs. What are we talking about?
Happiness, quality of life and subjective well-being. New perspectives on development.

Historical and philosophical conceptual discussion on well-being, happiness and quality of life. This conference aims to clarify the differences between the concepts in order to understand their usefulness to assess development. Speakers:
  1. Jan Ott. Netherlands.
    Book Review Editor of the Journal of Happiness Studies.

  2. Robert Biswas-Diener. USA
    Author, speaker and coach on Positive Psychology.

  3. Daniel Haybron. USA
    Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University.

  4. Gordon Mathews. USA
    Professor of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  5. Wenceslao Unanue. Chile
    Director of Well-being Institute.

15:00 hrs. Lunch - Keynote speaker
Leo Bormans. Belgian Author designated as the Global Ambassador of Happiness & Quality of Life.
16:00 hrs. Towards a new well-being State?
Paradigmatic changes on the notions of progress and economic development.


This session addresses the paradigm shifts in the way development is understood and measured; departing from the focus on income and industrial productivity towards more holistic development models centered on well-being. Speakers:
  1. Stefano Bartolini. Italy
    Research professor at Siena University.

  2. Mariano Rojas. Costa Rica
    Research professor at FLACSO Mexico.

  3. Alejandro Adler. USA
    Member of the Internacional Expert Well-being Group working with UN.

  4. Victoria Giarrizo. Argentina
    Research professor at IIEP of Buenos Aires.

  5. Héctor Salazar. Mexico
    Principal Advisor of the Social Sectors from the Inter-American Development Bank.

Simultaneously meeting (Private event)
National Meeting of Social Development Secretaries of the Federal States “The Well-being from the Social Development”.
The perspectives of each federal State regarding the way well-being satisfactors are thought from the Social Development perspective in Mexico will be shared.
17:50 hrs. Coffee-break
18:00 hrs. Do perceptions construct reality?
The role of subjective well-being in the construction of social realities.

The role of social perception and satisfaction in the construction of social issues and public policy. This session will bring speakers together to discuss how well-being reflects a psycho-social reality while it constructs realities and objective well-being. Speakers:
  1. Eduardo Lora. (Teleconference) Colombia.
    Research professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

  2. Carmelo Vázquez. Spain.
    Chairman of the International Positive Psychology Association.

  3. Daniel Martínez Aldunate. Chile.
    Head of the Institute of Well-Being.

  4. Joaquina Palomar. Mexico.
    Research professor at Iberoamerican University.

  5. Margarita Tarragona. Mexico.
    Head of the Happiness Sciences Institute at the TecMilenio University.

20:00 hrs. Cocktail Reception

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25th
HILTON HOTEL
8:00 hrs. Registration
9:00 hrs. Is there a Right to Well-Being?
Capacity development and enlargement opportunities for well-being.

Social well-being assessment and social policy design. The objective is to understand the importance of multidimensional concepts focusing on rights which seek capacity building and expansion of opportunities through redistributive and progressive policies. Speakers:
  1. Bruno Frey. Switzerland.
    Research Director of the Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).

  2. María Ana Lugo. Argentina.
    Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, The World Bank.

  3. Graciela Tonón. Argentina.
    Research professor, at the National University Lomas de Zamora and the Palermo University.

  4. Enrique Cárdenas. Mexico.
    Head of the Espinosa Yglesias Research Center A.C.

  5. Graciela Teruel. Mexico.
    Research-professor of the Iberoamerican University.

10:50 hrs. Coffe-break
11:00 hrs. Measuring the subjective?
Challenges and scopes of the objective assessment of subjective well-being.

This session aims to discuss the different methods and approaches for the measurement of subjective well-being, happiness and quality of life. Analysis of national and international measurement efforts and their usefulness for public policy design and evaluation. Speakers:
  1. Marco Mira. Italy.
    Head of the Division Statistics for Household and progress measurement OECD.

  2. Tshoki Zangmo. Bhutan.
    Researcher at the Centre for Bhutan Studies.

  3. Roberto Castellanos. Mexico.
    Research profesor at Social Research Institute at the UNAM.

  4. Gerardo Leyva. Mexico.
    Research Deputy Director at INEGI.

  5. Esteban Calvo. Chile.
    Director of the Master in Public Policy Program at the Universidad Diego Portales.

13:00 hrs. High level discussion

Open dialogue between Jan Ott (Netherlands) Book review editor of the Journal of Happiness Studies and Robert Biswas-Diener (USA-Mexico) Research and speaker on positive psychology
14:00 hrs. Lunch - keynote speaker Carol Graham. (Teleconference) (Peru - USA) Expert on poverty, inequality, public health, and innovative well-being measurement.
15:00 hrs. What is the role of the government on people's happiness?
The contribution of subjective well-being to public policy.

The role of the government facing the contributions offered by the subjective well-being assessment. Public policy design considering the subjective well-being new paradigm. Speakers:
  1. Christopher Deeming. United Kingdom.
    Research professor at the University of Bristol.

  2. Martín Tetaz. Argentina.
    Research professor at the Centre for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies of the Faculty of Economic Science of UNLP.

  3. Jasper Bergink. Netherlands.
    Researcher on happiness. Founder of the blog "For a State of Happiness".

  4. Rodrigo Rojas. Chile.
    Happiness Manager of the State Bank Microenterprises SA.

  5. Víctor Ortíz. Mexico.
    Academic Coordinator of the Forum.

16:50 hrs. Coffe-break
17:00 hrs. Is there a recipe for well-being?
Experiences of public policies on well-being.

This session brings together a number of successful cases and best practices that have promoted the approach of well-being, happiness and quality of life. Practical applications of this new paradigm through various disciplines. Speakers:
  1. Paul Dolan. (Teleconference) United Kingdom.
    Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE).
  2. Charles Seaford. United Kingdom.
    Head of the Well-being Centre at the New Economics Foundation (NEF).

  3. José de Jesús García Vega. Mexico
    Head of the Center for Studies on Well-Being of the University of Monterrey.

  4. Olegario Saenz Batalla. Costa Rica
    Head of the National Analysis Unit of the National Planning and Economic Policy Ministry.

  5. Mary Paz Herrera & Ana Cristina Reinoso. Mexico
    Co-creators of the first Entrepreneurship model in Mexico based on the Happiness Sciences.

19:00 hrs. Keynote speaker

Jeffrey Sachs. (Teleconference) USA.
Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26th
HILTON HOTEL
8:00 hrs. Registration
9:00 hrs. Why are Mexicans so happy?
National perspectives on subjective well-being.

This session will bring well-being experts together to address this topic under a national perspective. The purpose is to discuss the evolution and foresight of the well-being trend in Mexican public policies. Speakers:
  1. René Millán Valenzuela. Mexico.
    Research professor at the Social Research Institute of the UNAM.

  2. Beatriz Yasuko Arita Watanabe. Mexico.
    Research professor of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa.

  3. Jesús Arroyo Alejandre. Mexico.
    Research professor of the University of Guadalajara.

  4. Herberto Rodriguez Regordosa. Mexico.
    Academic Vice-Chancellor at the UPAEP.

  5. Ivan Martínez. Mexico.
    Head of Research of Imagina México A.C.

10:50 hrs. Coffee-break
11:00 hrs. What do citizens say about their well-being?
Citizen perception input to the public debate on well-being.

This session gathers several researchers specialized on public opinion studies, citizen perception and self-assessed well-being. The objective is to analyze the public usefulness of these instruments. Speakers:
  1. Pablo Diego Rosell. Mexico.
    Research coordinator: The State of the World Well-Being of Gallup-Healthways.

  2. Sergio Torres. Mexico.
    General Director of Mercer for North Latin America.

  3. Francisco Abundis. Mexico.
    Associate Director Parametría SA de CV.

  4. Pablo Parás. Mexico.
    Chairman and founder of Data Public Opinion and Market.

  5. Carlos Córdoba. Colombia.
    Observer Delegate of Efficiency in Bogota.

13:00 hrs. Is there well-being in Latin America?
Well-being policies in Latin America.

This session brings together policy-makers and journalists specialized on the subject matter aiming to discuss policies whose purpose is quality life improvement in the region. Speakers:
  1. Rolando Cordera Campos. Mexico.
    Coordinator of University Program of Development Studies at UNAM.
  2. Freddy Ehlers. Ecuador.
    Minister of the Well-being (Buen Vivir) Secretariat of Ecuador.

  3. Luis Mella. Chile.
    Mayor of Quillota. Inspirer of the Sustainable Chile Program.

  4. Marcelo Zaiduni. Bolivia.
    Advisor and consultant specialized in the Well-Being (Vivir Bien) and the traditional knowledge.

  5. Juan Javier Zárate Rivas. Bolivia.
    Head of Planning of the Foreign Ministry of his country

  6. Luz Aída Rendón Berrio. Colombia.
    Undersecretary of Population Groups of the Ministry of Social Inclusion and Family.

15:00 hrs. Feedback and closing ceremony
English